This warm spell has anglers wondering...is winter over or is there still some cold weather on the horizon? With recent fishing reports coming off local waters sounding warm and fuzzy, could this be the end of the cold stuff?
"Clear Creek is really starting to open up," said Rob Brozovich at Clear Creek Outdoors in Idaho Springs. "It's not great fishing yet, but it is fishable and anglers are getting results. In fact, Nick was out on the creek and even landed a small brown on a elk hair caddis. The other successful fly for the outing was a size 16 pheasant tail."
A quick drive by Clear Creek last week saw some icy spots, but lots of the proven holes were wide open. They looked inviting.
"We're seeing a lot of guys in the shop and they are all excited about the idea of snow and cold being in the past, but we are still in March, anything can happen and water temperatures are still very cold," said Brozovich.
There has been some off-color water on spots like the Roaring Fork and here and there as there has been some evident runoff due to the high temperatures. One of Rob's contacts hit the Frying Pan and the Roaring Fork this week and said it was insane with blue winged olives shwing in big numbers.
Look for more calm and warm days to offer dry fly action. Be prepared and carry your basics like gnats and dry midges. You never know when you find that early dry fly window in March.
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