Late Spring on Colorado's Blue River Tailwater

May 12, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

You’d never know it from the two inches of snow on the ground here on Colorado’s front range this morning, but we’re less than six weeks away from the start of “summer” in the northern hemisphere. While freestone anglers enjoy the extended pre-runoff fishing brought by lower flows and cooler temps, changes on tailwaters like the Blue River below Dillon Dam, as Karl Licis says, are already obvious.
“Zebra Midges no larger than a No. 22 remain a seasonal go-to pattern, but with mayflies becoming more active, somewhat larger variations on the venerable Pheasant Tail pattern also can be productive. When surface activity is evident, a standard selection of smallish, blue-winged olive mayfly imitating dry fly patterns is recommended.” In the Denver Post.

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