Brown trout are starting swim up the Dream Stream from 11-Mile and they are hungry as they start thinking about the annual spawn. This is a great window to catch a bragging-rights kind of fish. As seasons change though, so does the bug life that these fish are going after. Have you reorganized your box or started tying patterns for fall yet?
"We know anglers are waiting patiently for the browns to show in the Dream Stream and we're happy to report that your patience will soon pay off," said Mike Keith, manager at the South Platte Fly Shop.
"We are just starting to see some big browns moving up from 11-Mile reservoir," added Keith. "Flows are low but have remained consistent for the past ten days. The water is still crystal clear, but we are seeing more vegetation moving down river. The recent rain and cooler night temperatures should help move even more browns up from the reservoir in the upcoming week."
What are the fall bugs that will produce a brown for you should all the moons align and you be at the right place at the right time-- how about an assortment of egg and scud patterns. Don't count out red copper Johns, Hunchback olive scuds, roe bugs in peach or orange, Oregon cheese eggs, Nina's crawdad and bigger copper Zonkers.
"The water should start to get a little off color, so we'd suggest 3X or 4X tippet so you have the best shot at bringing one of these beauties to the net this fall," said Keith. "Phil, one our guides at the shop led a client to a gorgeous brown this week. Check out the photo fish."