Clean up in aisle 131!

What does a team of elite Colorado fly fishing guides do when they have a couple hours to spare? They join together to clean up 2 miles of HW-131 headed toward the Colorado River. It’s hard to believe on this remote stretch of Highway we could bag up 14 large trash bags and several boxes of trash. Many thanks to Tom, Kaitlyn, Matt, Scotty and Pete for their efforts. We’ll visit again next Spring with more trash bags in hand. #coloradoriver #flyfishing #eaglecounty #statebridge #colorado #trouttrickers
Highway Cleanup

Trout Trickers – Best of Vail Valley

Trout Trickers has been nominated again for Best of Vail Valley – Fly Fishing Outfitter and Charlie is asking for your support. Please click here to vote and scroll down to fly-fishing Outfitter click to vote. You can vote every day until September 8th to show your support for Trout Trickers. And the next time you see Charlie, he’ll be sure to show you some luv.

Voluntary fishing closure on 2 of our favorite rivers

EAGLE, Colo. – Due to warm water temperatures and low stream flows, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking anglers to voluntarily avoid fishing after 12 p.m. on sections of the Eagle and Roaring Fork rivers beginning Sat., July 24.

The specific closure sections are:
Eagle River: Wolcott (Highway 131 Bridge) downstream to the Colorado River (13 miles)
Roaring Fork River: Carbondale (Highway 133 Bridge) downstream to the Colorado River (25 miles)
“Both rivers have been exceeding 71 degrees Fahrenheit consistently for the last several days and isolated rain showers haven’t provided much relief,” said CPW Aquatic Biologist Kendall Bakich. “Anglers fishing in these reaches have reported sportfish mortalities and, in the case of the lower Roaring Fork, mudslides have muddied the waters from the Crystal River tributary and contributed to fish stress in the hottest section of the Roaring Fork.”

Note to anglers: the Colorado River downstream of these closure sections continues to have exceedingly high water temperatures and remains under voluntary closures. The section from Red Dirt Creek to Rifle is under a full-day voluntary closure and the section upstream of Red Dirt Creek to State Bridge has a voluntary closure after noon. CPW is also continuing to monitor conditions in other waters, and anticipates a possible fishing closure on the Crystal River in the immediate future.

Anglers should be aware that most of the major rivers on Colorado’s Western Slope are experiencing adverse conditions heading into the hottest days of summer. Follow the Leave No Trace Principle to “Know Before You Go” to the West Slope this summer and check out conditions related to mandatory and voluntary fishing closures: https://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/StatewideFishingConditions.aspx

Roaring Fork fishing closures
Eagle fishing closures

Kids fly fishing camp in Eagle Valley!

Session One: June 7-9
Session Two: July 19-21
Session Three: Aug 9-11

Kids fly-fishing camp – Join Trout Trickers guides this summer to learn how to cast, reel, and net fish in our own backyard! Mountain Recreation’s kids fly-fishing camps are offered in partnership with Trout Trickers and are a great introduction to the world of fly-fishing. This camp will introduce and teach basic fly-fishing concepts such as choosing the right flies, casting technique, and fly-fishing etiquette. This 3-day kids fly-fishing camp will introduce campers to the sport of fly fishing and by day three they will put their skills to the test while wading and casting on the banks of the Eagle River.  Registration opens on May 3.

Ages: 9-15 yrs (Co-Rec)
Times:
8am-12pm
Price:
$175
Location: Campers will meet at the Gypsum Rec Center

https://mountainrec.org/program/explorer-summer-camps/#day-camps

Fly Fishing the famous North Platte River in Wyoming

Fly Fishing in Wyoming

I have had the privilege to fish and guide fly fishing on the North Platte River near Casper, Wyoming for the last 26 consecutive springs. I know of no other fishery that has such diversity, quality and consistency. Throughout all this time, I have just begun to unlock the many secrets of this incredible river.

Just 30 minutes southwest from Casper, the tiny town of Alcova is home to mostly fishermen and guides, many living in retro 1950’s homes and trailers. Coming back here year after year is like entering a time warp; it appears to not ever change. If you really think about it, Alcova has everything an angler needs: lodging, a post office, one gas station/convenience store and of course one fly shop. A colorful bar/restaurant has mastered the American burger and fries; you can stand on a chair and thumb tack a dollar bill with your name on it to the ceiling too.

Known for its dense populations of hybrid Snake River cutbows and trophy size brown’s, the North Platte grows big trout, very fast – offering some of the best fly fishing in Wyoming. A classic tail water, the dozen or so miles of river below Grey Reef Dam (commonly know as Grey’s Reef but often spelled Gray’s by the Bureau of Reclamation) are home to an average of 3500 trout per mile. Wyoming landowner laws are similar to those in Colorado; if the land adjacent to the river is private, so is the river bottom extending to an imaginary line halfway across the river. Most of this upper river of the Reef is privately owned on both sides of the river, and thus restricts walk and wade access. This has reduced overcrowding sometimes experienced by anglers both wading and floating the same lanes in other rivers.

The North Platte meanders through a sandy, gentle, semi arid landscape. Drought tolerant native grasses and sagebrush are dominant, occasionally a cottonwood tree will also accompany. Antelope, mule deer, bald eagles, osprey’s and sand hill cranes are common sightings; waterfowl are everywhere. Spring brings out the rattlesnakes too.

Best fished from the comfort of a drift boat, the river is wide, cold and deep. Trout stack up in the deeper holes or “buckets” in sometimes very fast water. I like to fish from the bank in, casting towards the middle runs of the river. With the assistance of any available eddy or current break, I can row back upstream and again present flies through these productive areas.

The Platte is a conveyor belt of fish food, nurtured by dam-controlled excellent clarity and consistent cold-water temperatures. Eggs, scuds, leeches, crane fly larva, sow bugs, crayfish and of course the segmented worm, phylum Annelida, are readily eaten nearly year around. These are larger-than-average aquatic protein meals and a major contributor to the strong, athletic build of these trout that often become airborne when hooked. I know of no other trout fishery with harder fighting fish.

I prefer to fish bugs and small midges in black or darker colors; sizes 18 to 24 are my most common spring pattern. Sometimes olive works best; tan, grey, chocolate, cream, orange, yellow, woodcock, and peacock are all stocked in large inventories in my boat fly boxes. Add red, wine, purple and pink and you get a feel for the complexity of the flies that I am feeding to sometimes particular trout. A favorite client has begun to custom-tie these in even more creative experimental colors, changing the thread color, wire color, bead color, and body material to create literally hundreds of thousands of different combinations.

In May, baetis hatches start to dominate, mostly in the afternoons. Midge mornings and afternoon Ephemeroptera are common for my nymph rigs. I like to suspend the mayfly patterns however and fish emergers higher in the water column and or target shallower runs. Limited dry fly action in the lazy, slow water along the banks where these insects have collected all day can also be successful.

Pale Morning Duns are our favorite hatch and usually begin to show up in early June. Patterns in 16, 18 and 20 match these colorful bugs, and it’s always fun to go back to 4x tippet for tying on in the larger sizes.

I unfortunately miss the summer prolific trico hatches as I am back in Colorado guiding the Eagle River by late June. If you are fly fishing in Wyoming, be ready for world class dry and subsurface angling as these bugs come off in incredible numbers steadily for weeks and weeks.

Known for the quantity and quality of healthy, very well fed trout, the North Platte River has been a favorite destination for beginner and expert anglers for decades. Arguably the best tail water in the West, fishermen can access generous amounts of river miles of angler uncrowded but trout-filled runs. Incredible food sources and consistent water clarity and temperatures support large numbers of huge trout on the Platte; so good I have made it my Home for literally months each and every spring. Come experience one of the best trout fly fishing rivers anywhere, and join me in unlocking the many secrets of this amazing fishery. – Pete Mott

Fishing on the lower Eagle River has gotten durty

Fly fishing the Eagle River – As of yesterday the lower Eagle below Wolcott blew out and will be tough fishing for a while. Big bugs and streamers will be your best bet. Pat’s rubber legs, worms, eggs, leaches and black or dark streamers. Watch out for floating debris. The upper is still very fishable all the way up to Vail, with hatches of BWO’s, midges and you might even see a few caddis fluttering around. Most of our float fishing guides are up in Wyoming guiding trips on the North Platte River during run-off season here. Give us a call if you’d like to fish this epic tailwater fishery near Casper, Wyoming in the next few weeks or do some wade fly fishing on the upper Eagle River.

Let’s wade fish the Eagle River!

Our guides are coming in with great reports about the numbers and sizes of fish they are putting in the net. Warmer days means active bugs. Want to escape the crowds on the slopes during spring break, give us a call!

Trout Trickers is accepting reservations for 2021

We are booking for both Colorado and Wyoming. As the days warm up, the Blue Wing Olives and midge hatches will have the Colorado river fishing well. Some of our guides will be in Wyoming starting in April for trips on the Reef, Miracle Mile and lower North Platte. Give us a call to reserve your trip! 970.306.6255