I'm excited to inform everyone that Dorsey's UV Scud is now available for purchase in orange and olive in sizes 14-16. To place an order, call the Blue Quill Angler 303-674-4700 and the support team there will gladly assist you!
Dorsey's UV Scud has become a local favorite for tailwater trout. It is now available in fly shops throughout the country. Jay Nichols photo
Some of the largest brown trout of the year are fooled with streamers during the autumn season. Make sure you carry a thorough assortment of articulated streamers, Meat Whistles, Slump Busters, Autumn Splendors, Wool-Head Sculpins, and Woolley Buggers.
Streamer tactics vary greatly from one angler to another depending on the conditions and what they want to accomplish. The most common method is the strip and swing technique achieved by casting your streamer downstream, allowing the fly to swing in the current and imparting action into the fly by stripping the fly line under your index finger. Vary your retrieve and never rule out experimentation. Sometimes a slow strip will trigger a strike while other times a faster retrieve creates explosive takes because trout thinks their prey is trying to escape them.
There are two schools of thought when fishing streamers. You can blind fish and cover the water methodically or you can cast your flies to specific lies allowing them to swing into the desired structure or in front of fish. You can control depth with sink tip lines, by adding slack into the line, mending, or even tightening the line forcing the fly to swing and rise in the current. You can add a split shot to the leader, which will further assist in depth control. Some anglers place the split shot snug on the eye of the hook while others place the weight 6 inches from the fly. Each method will provide a slightly different action.
Dead drifting a streamer is another effective tactic. This method works well in faster riffles and pocket water and is especially effective on point bars and mid-channel shelves. Fish sitting in transitional areas will crush a streamers when they drift over a drop off. A high stick approach works best when your dead drifting streamers because you can control the depth with the butt end of your leader, simply moving your arm up and down to achieve the proper depth.
This Colorado River brown trout was fooled with Tim Heng's Autumn Splendor. Some of the largest brown trout of the season are fooled with streamers time of year.
Heng's Autumn Splendor Recipe
Hook: #4-10 Tiemco 5263
Cone or lead eyes: Copper or silver to match hook size
Weight: .030 Lead wire
Thread: Brown 6/0 Uni-Thread
Tail: Brown marabou with copper Krystal Flash
Abdomen: Brown chenille (medium)
Rib: Copper Ultra Wire (small)
Hackle: Orange and olive dyed grizzly
Legs: Yellow round rubber legs
Cone or lead eye guidelines: Large #4-6 and medium #8-10
The North Fork of the South Platte Fishing Excellent After Denver Water Turns on the Roberts Tunnel!
Fisherman are all smiles after the Denver Water Board began releasing water from the Roberts Tunnel this past week. Currently Denver Water is releasing 100 cfs (to supplement the natural flow of 40 cfs) and the trout are feisty as ever. All of the private leases (The Meadows, Long Meadow, Boxwood Gulch, and the North Fork Ranch) are once again open for business! To book a guided day of fishing on one of these private leases, call the Blue Quill Angler at 303-674-4700. We would be happy to accommodate your needs!
No one knows how long the Roberts Tunnel will remain on. Denver Water will continue to release water as long as there is downstream demand. This can change quickly based on wet weather trends or hot and dry conditions. Currently Denver Water is holding back water on the South Fork of the South Platte to try and keep Cheesman Reservoir full. Currently the water is 100 cfs below Cheesman Reservoir.
According to Chris Wells, Fishing Manager at The Meadows, "The North Fork of the South Platte is fishing excellent right now. The fresh water from the Roberts Tunnel has rejuvenated our fishery." As long as the flows remain above 100 cfs, and Denver Water supplements flows with Roberts Tunnel water, the river will continue to fish well. Keep your fingers crossed that Denver Water will continue to release water throughout the fall and winter months!
Sean Kennedy fooled this beautiful rainbow on "The Meadows" a few days ago. Red Copper Johns, San Juan Worms, and a variety of midge patterns have been the flies of choice.
Pat Dorsey is an author and fly fishing guide. He is a co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado.