02/03/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges


Dim Looking Weather Forecast But Fishing Conditions Could Be Just
Fine For the Smokies This Weekend
The streams are getting back down to good levels and flow rates but the water will
remain cold. It is now 21 degrees in Pigeon Forge and will only reach about 40 for
today's high according to one weather report. Tomorrow will be very near the same
except the low tonight will only be 29. There's rain and snow in the forecast for
tonight, Friday and Friday night with chances going up to 100 percent. It could
mean roads in the foothills and lower elevations of the park could be closed or
snowed in, or conditions could be marginal enough to allow vehicles to get around
in the lower elevation areas just fine. We will just have to wait and see.  The fishing
conditions for Saturday and Sunday should be fine provided you can get to the
streams.

Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 16
Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.

Gunnison River Colorado
The Gunnison River is another long, diverse river that provides excellent freestone
and tailwater fishing for trout. It's one of the state's top destinations but there's so
much water it's rarely if ever crowded anywhere on the river. It's seventy-eight miles
long from its beginning where the Taylor and the East Rivers flow together to form it
to its end, including the distance through Blue Mesa Reservoir.

The most popular area is the Black Canyon which includes the tailwater below the
lake. The river has a good population of both wild browns and wild rainbows. During
the Fall, large brown trout make an upstream run out of Blue Mesa to spawn.  
Kokanee Salmon also make a run upstream from the lake starting in August. The
water from the uppermost section of the Black Canyon downstream to the
confluence of the North Fork of the Gunnison is classified as Gold Metal Water. I'll
give the Gunnison River an "A".
Check out some images of the Gunnison.

Arkansas River Colorado
The Arkansas River is one of our favorite Colorado rivers. One reason is that we
like small streams and it is a very fine small stream from top to bottom. It begins high
in the Rockies near Leadville and flows for over a hundred miles as a cold water
trout stream. It does have a short, eight mile section of tailwater below Pueblo
Reservoir in its lower section in Colorado.

The river is known for its huge Mother's Day caddisfly hatch and can be a little
crowded during April but other than that, it's rarely crowded. Most of the time you
can fish all day without seeing another angler. The trout are mostly browns but the
river does have a very small population of rainbows and cutthroats. All the trout are
streambred and beautiful. I'll give it an "A minus" and the minus is there only
because there's only a few rainbow trout.
Check out some images of the Arkansas
River.

Cache la Poudre River Colorado
You cannot mention Colorado trout streams and leave the Cache la Poudre River
out. It's a long stream that begins high in Rocky Mountain National Park and flows
off the East Slope of the Rockies. The thing that sets this river apart from many is
the huge amount of water that's available to the public to fish. Most of it has easy
access along the roadside. There are a few areas you have to hike into to fish but
that's the way it should be - some easy access and some not so easy access. The
river also has some reservoirs that have tributaries draining into it.

The majority of the Cache la Poudre River is fast, pocket water. It has a steep
declination in most areas. The upper parts have some meadows with lots of smaller
size brook and cutthroat trout but the main river is mostly wild rainbows and browns.
Although it probably goes without saying, since it flows out of Rocky Mountain
National Park, the Cache la Poudre is also a very beautiful stream. It gets an "A".
Images of the Cache la Poudre River

Copyright 2011 James Marsh