Fishing the smaller water
With the great snow pack and wet early part of summer, we had a nice long runoff for the rivers and streams. The reservoirs are full and the smaller streams are fishing well for this time of year.
Especially those small streams below reservoirs such as Montgomery Reservoir in Alma. You'll catch smaller fish than the big rivers, but it can be lots of fun in August with hoppers (grasshoppers) flying everywhere. Just take Hwy. 9 south out of Breckenridge over Hoosier Pass to Alma. Turn onto County Rd. 4 on the south entrance closest to Alma and drive up stream. Look for the public parking areas for access to the Middle Fork of the South Platte below the reservoir.
The Snake River in Keystone is another smaller river that is higher than normal for this time of year. There is public access in Keystone and you can walk along the river and find lots of fishing holes. Watch out for moose as they are hiding out in the willows along the river!
These pictures were taken on Tarryall Creek below the Tarryall Reservoir in Park County. Beautiful country and great fishing.
Remember, to check with your local fly fishing shops for the latest information and best selection of flies. Be responsible and only fish on public water or hire a guide for access to private water.