Conditions throughout Colorado have been all over the place the past few weeks.  We have seen many of the state’s rivers go under voluntary closures due to low flows and warm water temperatures.  A couple crazy monsoon rainstorms have caused some rivers to flood and mudslides in old fire burn-scars to occur.  Smoke has settled into the mountains from fires across the country.  Despite all these factors we have still been getting our clients into some great Colorado trout.

We have been having our guided fly fishing trips start early to avoid the warm water temps and are always getting off the water if the temps hit 65 degrees.  Public water guide trips have been to the South Platte River near Deckers and the Dream Stream.  The Dream Stream has been fishing more difficult than normal but CTH guide Jonathan Messinger still got his clients into this trophy Cutbow on a recent trip.

Guide Jonathan Messinger with a trophy cut bow from the Dream Stream

A true fish of a lifetime on a family guided fly fishing trip, way to go guys!

In August, my personal favorite location to guide is the Middle Fork of the South Platte and Santa Maria Ranch.   This is dry fly paradise and this year especially we have been getting some incredible wild brown trout.  Guide Angelo Arias and his regular Scott recently got this trophy.

Trophy brown trout from the middle fork of the South Platte.

The word “trophy” is such a relative term.  A fish of this size from a small river like the Middle Fork of the Platte is truly a fish of a lifetime.

We can’t talk about our private water guided fly fishing trips without mentioning everyone’s favorite property, the Meadows on the North Fork of the South Platte. The close proximity to Denver and Colorado Springs along with the trophy trout that inhabit it make this stretch the hardest to get on as it often books out weeks, if not months, in advanced.  The wait is always worth it!  I (Danny) had my main man Larry out on the North Fork the other day to work on his streamer fishing.  You can say he came away satisfied 🙂

North Fork of the South Platte monster rainbow trout.

We still have some openings for both public and private water guided fly fishing trips in September and most of October and November. Let us know if you want to join in on the fun!

For up to date public water fishing conditions throughout the state, check in with our friends at FlyCast!