Spring in Colorado: Timing is Everything

April 23, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

As Charlie Meyers notes in the Denver Post, one day can make all the difference when runoff and water flow management combine. Catch it right, though, and the first big hatches of tiny mayflies are your reward. “The result is a deliciously maddening scenario in which small pods of free-rising trout cruise the pools slurping BWOs from the blanket of naturals coating the surface. An angler trying desperately to gauge this erratic pattern watches 20-inchers repeatedly grab flies inches from his own, an action that always prompts a rapid sucking in of breath.”