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Every week, our conditions are different. Last week we saw a warming trend, now we are seeing a rainy/snowy trend. Coming off the tail end of a 4-day snow bender in the high country, we are looking at a bit nicer weather for the Memorial Day weekend before we jump right back into the snow next week.
So here is the skinny: our local rivers have been dropping with the cooling trend and clearing up quite nicely. Our local lakes will start to pick up with the sunnier days this weekend. All in all, we might have a good weekend of fishing ahead of us.
Copper Copperback Stone
The Copper Copperback Stone is the hero we need right now. With dropping flows and clearing water, fish will be looking for a quick meal before we jump right back into runoff. Stonefly season is right around the corner, and stonefly nymphs are starting to migrate to the banks for the hatch. This bug is heavy and will drop quickly into pockets and seams near the banks where fish will be sitting to get reprieve from the heavy flows. Should you find yourself standing on the banks of the Animas, Dolores, upper San Juan, Pine, Piedra, or Rio Grande this weekend, make sure you have a few of these in your box.
The name of this fly makes me laugh. All good flies should have names that have that effect though.
The Predator Pounder is a sweet new streamer we brought in the shop this year for weekends like this. When temps are colder and you need to get down a little faster in a lake, and don’t know what might come out of the depths, this is the right fly for the job. With pike, smallmouth bass, trout, and even walleye coming out of our local lakes, this is a good “do everything” baitfish pattern to catch “everything”. Originally designed as a peacock bass and golden dorado fly, we have come to love this fly for our local waters.