The Father’s Day Fishing Report in Leadville Today
Grab Dad and the fishing gear, tomorrow is Father’s Day and it’s time to get out on the water! The lure of the rainbow trout runs rampant in the Rocky Mountains this time of year, make sure you get yours!
This report is brought to you by Leadville Dad Tim Hill with Colorado Fly Fishing Guides located in downtown Leadville. Happy Father’s Day, Tim!
Although high water conditions still exist, flow rates on the upper river are beginning to wane and the river is clearing. Clarity is becoming a non-issue and is rating good in the mornings to very good from late morning into the evening.
Dry/dropper rigs on the edges and pockets are starting to turn a lot of fish. Caddis patterns are taking the majority of fish in Hayden Meadows and the stone fly hatch is gaining traction in the Granite area. The fish can see, are hungry, and the bug action is increasing. This, combined with sound high water techniques, makes this the time when the fishing on the upper river starts to get good – get out there!
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS:
High water conditions currently exist in the Upper Arkansas Valley. All of the intermediate snowpack and the majority of the snowpack on southern exposures above timberline has melted. In turn, the flow rates on the upper river have peaked and are now starting to wane. If you follow some basic high water techniques this makes the Upper Arkansas Valley a viable option during run off when most rivers are simply just too “blown out”.
Limit your wading and be very selective as to where you are fishing during high water. Target slower water like eddies and “pockets” that develop along boulder lined banks. Also focus on shallow water along the bank edges and look for channels or braids in the river. Trout will move into these areas during high water to gain relief from heavy currents.
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