Loads of people have been heading out to our East Slope streams this past month and the fishing has gone from so-so to good. We finally have some summer cutthroat and bull trout fishing as temperatures rise and stream flows come down.
If you are heading out to fish for these little beauties, make sure you have some foam flies - stones and hoppers (e.g., Fat Albert, Trixie the Hooker) and put on a bead-head dropper if things are slow (Gummy Stone, Soft Hackle Hare's Ear, Yellow Spot, Lightning Bugs). If you are full-on nymphing, then the San Juan Worm and a Peacock Leech will always get some attention. We have lot's of great Euronymphs in the shop too (e.g., Sassi's Solution, Jig Assassin)! If you are hunting for bulls launch a good-sized streamer (e.g., Sex Dungeon) to agitate and get the eat. Alternately, drop something small and heavy (e.g., a TJ Hooker) to the bottom and into the feeding zone.
Everyone's happy to get out into some clear water and fish for hungry cutties. Take care to keep them wet and be patient with the many anglers trying to enjoy the mountain scenery, fishing and adventure.