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    Default Recommendations, CO in mid-April

    Hi All. 1st post on this forum, but have been doing lots of searches to narrow down what I THINK are best options. The interactive Fishing Atlas is a great resource. This would be oriented around wade fishing, and I'd plan to stop in to a local fly shop for current conditions, active fly patterns and support them with some purchases.

    I'll be in Denver mid-April, and carving out the back end of a business trip for Fri/Sat/Sun morning fishing. I'm looking to get out of Denver, with 2 to 2 1/2 hour max drive. Based on my searches I'd like to get some feedback on some of the options below, taking into account potential snow pack run off, etc. I'm open to other suggestions too...

    Staying in Silverthorne and fishing the Blue. I'm not a big fan of tailwaters, at least in my area (north Atlanta Chattahoochee) which has variable/significant water releases and would not want to schedule a weekend around "maybe" water flows. Not sure if April would be as big of a concern on the Blue vs. May/June with heavier runoff and water releases. Based on my reading, it sounds like there's A LOT of pressure, especially on the weekends which would coincide with my availability. I'm not really looking to fish side by side.

    Staying in Kremmling, fishing the Blue below the Green Mtn Res. Cant quite tell how good the access is for wading, but definately of the impression it would be less pressured which is always a nice bonus, even if there were a few less fish to catch. That would also lend itself to option 3, along the CO river.

    Staying in Kremmling or Byers Canyon area and fishing the CO. Not sure what the waterflows will be into mid-April on the CO river, and as with the Blue, not sure the pressure how many wading accessable areas are through that stretch. Perhaps the best option is staying Kremmling with options available on both the Blue and CO, and fish based on local recommendations?

    Thoughts? Locations I might have overlooked withing that driving distance for good access to wading?

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    Default Re: Recommendations, CO in mid-April

    Greetings and welcome to the forum. Try going to the Member Introduction thread and introduce yourself. Helps people connect and get a brief idea of what type of interests you have.

    Having said that, there are numerous options out of Denver. Runoff is going to be an issue for everything Rocky Mountain this year with the abundant snowpack they've been blessed with. Tailwaters are great fisheries in the Rockies so don't shy away from them. Probably among the most productive at times. Dam releases in the west are not like those of the east. What you're used to are generating dams that release at given times a day and give a warning most of the time, or during our usual "occasional" thunderstorm monsoons. One minute you're fishing in a little less than knee deep water, horn goes off and within 5 minutes you're in waste deep class 5 rapid water. The dams out west are more for reservoir control and irrigation. Once the release starts it doesn't stop until the snow melt and rainy season is over. Depending on snowpack this could last till the end of June or as late as the end of August like it did last summer on the west side of the range. As they get ahead of the game the flows will slowly decrease through the summer. A lot is going to depend on when spring actually decides to arrive and start melting the snow. The wife and I were in WY in late March last spring and had to keep moving south to get away from incoming snow storms. Ended up fishing the Dream Stream and 11 Mile Canyon. Still had some wind, snow and cold weather but fishable conditions. Access may be different this year with all the snow. I'm sure several places are still not accessible due to snow drifts or avalanches in the canyon areas. Check the news and do a search for Colorado Avalanches. Pretty impressive stuff going on right now. And they're still getting snow.

    Ok, enough of the gloom and doom. There are still going to be places to fish. Several CO locals on this site that will be able to give you great info. You may want to also consider the Yampa in the Steamboat Springs area. Lots of good fishing up that way east and west of town. And places to stay and eat. Several other steams in the area too. There is fishing on the Poudre above Ft. Collins but I've found the fish there to be a bit small and scattered. It also runs through the mountains so expect significant runoff in it too (which really should be good for the Poudre. I don't think it has had any significant runoff in a few years.). There is good fishing on the Blue and Colorado from Kremmling and Hot Sulfur Springs. Silverthorne is more of a tourist town.

    The dream stream will be a bit longer drive but might be a good option. 11 mile canyon will likely not have a lot of access until after some good snow melt. I would guess most of it will be blocked off for a while. Just by looking at the snowpack maps.
    Kevin
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    Default Re: Recommendations, CO in mid-April

    Mid-April is an interesting time. Be flexible, and make your decision real-time when you are there. Depending on prevailing temps, you could find many a stream available, or if run-off starts early, you may need to restrict yourself to tailwaters. Most likely, dams won't be releasing a spring flush in mid-April, so you will likely be OK there. And since most dams in the West are for storage, the flows are pretty consistent until they ramp up to send send water downstream.

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    Default Re: Recommendations, CO in mid-April

    Kevin / El Jefe:

    The information is much appreciated, I'll post to the New Members forum shortly. You're spot on about our water releases and water flows. PFD's are required, and flow rates can change dramatically over a short period of time. There are no guarantee's outside of about 2 hours.

    Very glad to hear the mountain releases are a different breed. I've bookmarked several of the USGS gauges to track this information as well. I'll look into the Yampa area, have a potential contact up there through my nephew who'll be on this trip with me. Steamboat is great area! It's a bit further than I'd like though, as mostly it'll keep us off the water Sunday AM heading to DEN (more road time = less fishing time). Flexibility is a good point, will have to lock down lodging about a week out but that should at least provide a better sense of the big picture weather trend. Sounds like I'm leaning toward Kremmling, but will start some research on the Poudre too.

    If all else fails, the water is too high, the temps too cold, the fish refuse to bite, I know there are plenty of local beers to sample .

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    Default Re: Recommendations, CO in mid-April

    While you're in Denver go to Anthony's Pizza & Pasta. They've got a phenomenal NY style pizza. Go to the one in either Golden or Longmont. They're located all around town but I know these two do it right. The one in West Denver puts too much cheese. It doesn't allow the dough to cook right and ends up really soggy. You can buy it whole or by the slice. Be careful. If you're not a big eater then get it by the slice. If you think you can handle it, go ahead and buy the 18" pizza. But be warned. The one in Golden is by the Coors brewery.

    Quote Originally Posted by UncleDirk View Post
    Kevin / El Jefe:

    If all else fails, the water is too high, the temps too cold, the fish refuse to bite, I know there are plenty of local beers to sample .
    Kevin
    "Fight like you're the 3rd monkey trying to get on Noah's Ark"
    "Not every day is filled with sunshine. Some days you're the pigeon, some days you're the statue"
    "If God had intended for man to only fish on weekends, He never would have created the other 5 days of the week."

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    Default Re: Recommendations, CO in mid-April

    By the way, from Denver you're only about a little over an hour from Deckers. Coming from Denver you can fish your way down if it's accessible. Another one you'll have to check the road conditions on and access. There are miles of accessible river on this stretch. And the fishing can be really good. But the fish get a lot of pressure and tend to be finicky so be prepared to change up flies quite often till you find what they want. With the exception of streamers, you'll want to go small.
    Kevin
    "Fight like you're the 3rd monkey trying to get on Noah's Ark"
    "Not every day is filled with sunshine. Some days you're the pigeon, some days you're the statue"
    "If God had intended for man to only fish on weekends, He never would have created the other 5 days of the week."

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    Default Re: Recommendations, CO in mid-April

    Now that's some quality content right there. I'll check Anthony's out if the schedule works out right. I've done the Coors tour, but from the inside out on a business/site survey including the glass and ceramics operations. Very impressive! Their branded light beer = sex in a canoe.



    Quote Originally Posted by kevind62 View Post
    While you're in Denver go to Anthony's Pizza & Pasta. They've got a phenomenal NY style pizza. Go to the one in either Golden or Longmont. They're located all around town but I know these two do it right. The one in West Denver puts too much cheese. It doesn't allow the dough to cook right and ends up really soggy. You can buy it whole or by the slice. Be careful. If you're not a big eater then get it by the slice. If you think you can handle it, go ahead and buy the 18" pizza. But be warned. The one in Golden is by the Coors brewery.

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    Default Re: Recommendations, CO in mid-April

    If I had any advice , which I do a little , I wont give it to someone that joins and their first post is for help . I got this attitude from people on hunting sites and it's carried over to everything else . Good luck in your venture .
    Thread Killer

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    Default Re: Recommendations, CO in mid-April

    Wow jangels. "Thread Killer" indeed! Sounds like some pretty bad Forum experience. Maybe a diagnosis of PTFD.

    I've only gotten back into fly fishing early spring of last year (after about a 35 year hiatus), doing a little more on the NGTO (North Georgia Trout Online) forum and attending events. Figured I'd branch out a little, with better regional knowledge here. Best of luck.

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    Default Re: Recommendations, CO in mid-April

    I've fished in CO in the spring a couple times, it's a **** shoot and totally runoff dependant. I'd have a reservior or two as backups, heck I'd plan on fishing stillwater and have the tailwaters as backups.

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