Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Orvis Cherry Creek's Tip of the Week
Flows are currently at 71 CFS. Nymph rigs with baetis, caddis larvae, stoneflies, eggs, and leeches are working well - as well as the usual small midge patterns (size 20-24). Small streamers like thin mints and other woolly bugger variations can work well this time of year.
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5-Day Outlook as of 5/4/23
Flows are on the low side! Nymphing is the most productive fishing technique, but we are getting surface activity. Caddis, mayflies and terrestrials are all catching fish in the #16-20 range. On especially cold days, try sizes 20-24 for midges and smaller streamers.
Techniques & Tips as of 5/4/23
For nymphing, small mayfly, juju baetis, and pheasant tails (red headed), and small midges are still consistent, smaller diameter tippet and adjusting depth frequently is a key strategy. Fluorocarbon tippet in 5-7X is most effective for nymphing, utilize split shot or larger tungsten head point flies to get down deep, adjust depth prior to switching patterns. If you're not having success with the micro flies and midges, throw on an egg pattern or worm. Come see Gene at Orvis Cherry Creek for more information!
Local Species Available Year Round, Prime March through October
Brown and Rainbow Trout
Orvis Cherry Creek's Recommended Fly Patterns
"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:
|Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail||Natural||16-20|
|Bead Head Brassie||Brass||18-24|
|Barr's Beadhead BWO emerger||Olive||18-22|
|Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer||Natural||6-12|
|Bead Head Prince||Black||20-22|
|San Juan Worm||Pink or Red||14-16|
|TH Zebra Midge||Black, Olive or Red||20-24|
Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Wet fly patterns don't get any better than this.
Orvis Cherry Creek's Recommended Gear
Super Strong Plus Leaders
SuperStrong Plus Tippet in 30- and 100-meter spools
Best Fly Fishing Rod:
5-Weight 9' Fly Rod
Best Floating Fly Line:
PowerTaper WF Fly Line
Best Sinking Fly Line: