Fishing Report

Fishing for native cutthroat in the high country. See more photos on the blog.

Anglers can enjoy fishing in the Ridgway area year round. See the fishing report below for general information for our rivers and streams for this time of year. For a detailed fishing report for each of the rivers, please visit the RIGS Fishing Report.

August 22, 2017

Summer is here, the rivers have dropped, and the fishing has turned on! We have midges, BWOs, PMDs, Green Drakes, caddis, and Yellow Sallies hatching on the various rivers in our area. Now is the time to fish!

BWO, PMD, and stonefly patterns have been working well. If fish are sipping small bugs, try a size 18 to 22 Mole Fly (gray, olive or brown), or a small parachute pattern, Griffith’s Gnat, or BWO pattern. For nymph fishing, try a tandem nymph rig using a combination of stonefly nymphs and mayfly nymphs or midges. San Juan Worms are also working well trailing behind a nymph. For stonefly nymphs, use Pat’s Rubber Legs, 20 Inchers, and Golden Stonefly and Yellow Sallie nymphs. Good mayfly nymphs include Barr’s BWO Emergers, Two-Bit Hookers, Copper Johns, Juju Baetis, Micro Mayflies, and Pheasant Tails. For midges, fish small (size 20-24) black, zebra, olive, brown, cream, or red midge larva and emerger patterns. This is also a good time to fish dry-dropper rigs with a Parachute Adams or hopper or attractor on top and a beadhead nymph below it.

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