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Springtime in Colorado is a great time to fly fish. Water temperature rises, bug activity increases and fish start to come out of their winter slumber. There is a short window when things are literally on fire and just as soon as it turns on it’s over. The warmer weather starts to melt the high mountain snow which triggers runoff. Once this starts the rivers that were floatable and fishable become muddy and high, this continues until most of the snow has melted and the weather patterns stabilize. During this time fly fishing slows down and unless you are fishing ponds or tailwaters your fly rods are hung up for a while. But, with the increase in water flows reservoirs release water (or retain it) for water supply and rivers that are not usually floatable become high enough to float and the fishing in these spots can be incredible. One spot in particular has amazing streamer fishing and dry fly action throughout the spring and summer. Some of this water is accessible by wading at lower water levels but high canyon walls make it difficult to access some of the better water. For these reasons trout do not see much pressure and are aggressive to strike. This past trip was no exception. Last weekend RA Beattie and I headed north for over an hour up a dirt road that cuts through sheep pastures and along the Colorado River. Finally at our destination we got organized and hit the river. The first half of the float is fast and since no big hatches were upon us we decided to strip streamers. This decision was the right one. Every pocket and back eddy had a hungry Brown Trout slashing and flashing at our double streamer combo. Hooting and hollering we made our way deeper and deeper into the canyon turning fish, missing fish and catching a few as we sped through the white water. We eddied out after about an hour and decided to nymph a tail out of a small run. Since I was on the oars RA gave me the honor of going through the run first. My indicator floated at a good speed through the run and instantly went down. I set the hook and found a nice wild Rainbow Trout attached to my 20 incher pattern. It was an incredible start to a day that would continue to produce fish in all types of water. Hot flies for the day were; twenty inchers, golden stones, tequillies and brown cone head sculpins. Now with runoff at its peak it will only be a matter of a week or two when the rivers will begin to drop and clear. Dry flies will start popping consistently and the fishing will once again be on fire. Until then there is at least once spot (maybe two) that is angler friendly.