News from the River

April 15th, what a difference a day makes.  The rivers are off color from Wolcott on the Eagle, upstream on the Colorado from the confluence of the 2 rivers, and from the Crystal down stream.  If there is about a foot of visibility, the fishing can be magical, as that is all that it takes (think big, and off color, Pat's rubber legs, worms, green eggs and caddis emergers).  But for now we are looking upstream, and a special small creek that we guide on that is awesome on a 3 weight, additionally, I am the only outfitter in the valley that specializes on Pike, and Bass on the fly or the lure if you prefer. The Bar ZX Ranch is special this time of year.  Check this out on our guide trip button.  These monsters haven't seen a fisherman or artificial fly for 6 months, and the ranch will open soon. Theses trout start at 3 pounds and go to over 20 pounds.  Voted#1 Stillwater trout fisher in America!  Book it soon, you'll be glad you did!  Additionally, don't miss out on my ADVENTURE TRIPS.  I am hosting trips to fish the flats in Honduras that are only available by helicopter, a video will soon follow.

On  April 12th, I posted, and for  the past 4 weeks it's not been March Madness, it was all about our crazy Midge Madness.  On April 5th, I posted that, while the midges are still really coming off, the trout have switched to gorging themselves on the Blue Wing Olive, baetis hatch that is happening right now.  Today is April 12th and very small size 16 caddis are all over the place.  The Tax day hatch is on, but the fish have not keyed in on  the dries quite yet, except  7:00 pm or later.  The fishing is crazy good(check out the video on the home page), and the caddis are now actively coming off. and just starting their massive tax day hatch.  I've had repeat clients the last few days,  with over 100 fish to the boat each day, and my other guides are telling me the same.  It's one of the best times to be on the river right now.  The rainbows are very active in prespawn, and the Browns can smell them eggs.  As the river color changes with the runoff, we will move upstream, but for now the lower Colorado River rocks.  As the flows increase, look to visible patterns like san juan worms, eggs, especially green, and emerger  patterns. For more daily updates follow me on Facebook.  Like my page harcourt fly fishing 3g.  Book your trip now, you'll be glad you did.  If you like my website, please share it.  Best wishes, and straight lines.

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Our family has shared some of our best fly fishing memories on the river or fishing Bar ZX with Dustin and John Harcourt! Thanks for creating great memories and fun times.

The Price Family loves Dustin Harcourt

I’ve fished all over the world with a lot of great guides on unforgettable trips. But in my book, nothing beats a day on the river with Dustin Harcourt. Dustin knows the fish and rivers of western Colorado like nobody else, and a day with him is always fun and invigorating. I enjoy getting my family and friends out for trips with Dustin because they invariably walk away with a deep appreciation for the magnificent fishery we have in this region, and how many big and willing trout there are to catch. You put that together with Dustin Harcourt’s personality, and one of his great stream-side meals, and you’ve got a perfect day. Get out there with him – you’ll be glad you did. Monte Moses, Senior Management Consultant, and former Superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District.

Monte Moses

There are many guides in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, but there is no one better in the RFV for your next fishing trip to this part of Colorado.

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