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Old 01-24-2013, 09:25 AM
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we are lucky enough to be invited to a wedding in Colorado on April 6th so I am planning to get in some fly fishing before and after the ceremony( I am not allowed to fish during). does anyone have any advice as to what areas to look at, flies to use etc? We are staying in the Parker area and the wedding is in Colorado Springs but we will travel further afield. I have been told on an English forum that runoff will be a problem at that time of year and that I should be looking at tailwaters.
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You should have a good amount of water in striking distance, especially South Platte tailwaters. If you have flexibility, check what is fishing well closer to your arrival. Run-off can be hard to predict. You can call/check the websites of Angler's All, Trout's fly shop, and Blue Quill Anglers, all in the Denver Metro area to get an idea of how the rivers are fishing end of March and beginning of April. There are other good shops around as well as down in the Springs, those are three I check.

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Thanks very much for the info and the welcome - can't wait!
Wedding should be good too!
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There are quite a few options but I would look down on the Arkansas River along highway 50 from Canon City to Salida. The caddis hatch should be started or at least in Canon City in early April. Standard Caddis patterns will work but the evenings can be amazing casting hot butts and spent caddis. Bring a few Blue Wing Olives in case the weather is poor, as they will be out in large numbers if the caddis are down due to cooler river temps or late snow storms.

The hatch usually starts in Canon City and works its way up river to Salida as the temperatures in the river rise. If you can find a spot just ahead of the predominant hatch you may not want to leave, ever!
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Thank you so much for the info - I will be packing the fly box accordingly now.....brilliant
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Much like fishngolf said, the Arkansas can be an excellent option in April. Check out the area near Salida or Buena Vista (which is a short drive from the Springs), or check in with a local fly shop to see where the best action is. April often means early Mother's Day Caddis, which can bring high numbers of fish on dry flies.
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The Arkansas is a good bet. There will be good fishing with golden stone nymphs and various baetis patterns. April 6 is too early for the caddis hatch, however.
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Do not let anybody discourage you from being ready for Caddis in early April. Low flows, no snow pack, and above average temperatures could bring the caddis up even earlier than April. The caddis hatch does not follow a calendar and if the water temps come up early so will the caddis.

Even without caddis the BWO activity will be fantastic in early April.
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Isn't April and/or Spring time in general a period that often experiences heavy snow melt in the Colorado-Utah region which generally has an adverse effect upon stream conditions for trout fishing ?
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Isn't April and/or Spring time in general a period that often experiences heavy snow melt in the Colorado-Utah region which generally has an adverse effect upon stream conditions for trout fishing ?
No. April, in my experience, is a great time to be on rivers in Colorado, as the weather can be great but the rivers run clear. Runoff occurs in May/June.
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