News from the River

June 17th, what a difference a few days makes.  While the local paper, 3 days ago, called for a spike in water flows,  from 25 years of rowing this valley of rivers, and watching temps and snow conditions in our valley, I predicted 3 days ago that we are on the verge of getting ready to fish.    I took my dad out for our annual Father's Day float trip, and was joined by my youngest son Drake.  3 Generations on the boat floating the Colorado River below Glenwood Springs, with great dry fly evening fishing along the banks where the fish hold.  There were so many takes, misses, and fish to the boat, and this was only the 1st day of the fish looking up for food in clearer water.  It's going to be an amazing summer here in Glenwood Springs on the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork.  The Frying Pan has been fishing amazing, but the dam in the next two weeks may be full and create high water, more water in, hast to mean more water out.   Day to day, but we know where to go.  Please join us.

June 14th,  the river flows are crashing.  As we called it 3 days ago, the Colorado is currently at 10,300 a drop of 30% and the fish are hungry.  The Frying Pan dropped to 164 cfs and is really fishable for walk wade trips,  and the Roaring Fork today is at 3,570, also down about a third.  We are still killing it on our spring creeks and at the Bar ZX Ranch ( America's #1 still water fishery)  Book your trip soon as all the spots are filling up for all the outfitters in the valley for an incredible dry fly evening hatch of Green Drakes and Cadddis.

June 11th, we've had some awesome trips to private waters the past two weeks, while the rivers are still running high.  87 degrees today, and it appears that we may have seen the peak of the run off on the Colorado at 16,000 cfs the past 3 days.   We can make a firm call in a day or two.   We will be back floating about June 20th for about 1 & 1/2 months of  the best dry fly fishing in Colorado.  Be sure to book your trip early as the popular dates do fill up quickly.  Read below about our world famous Green Drake Hatch.  The Frying Pan is at 286 cfs a fishable, but difficult flow.  In the meantime check out our Stillwater trips and the world famous Bar ZX Ranch trip.  You could go tomorrow.  Please know that we love experienced anglers, but there is nothing better that getting someone into their 1st fish on a fly.  What excitement.  You could be hooked for a lifetime, and that is special for both of us!

Here we are, June 1st, the Frying Pan is at 202 cfs (cubic feet per second) and very fishable, and controlled by a dam, the Upper Roaring Fork is getting higher and rising, but fishable, and a fabulous one or maybe 2 person experienced fly caster to hit spots on the run.  Take advantage of it. As the run off comes, we move upstream or to waters that are very favorable.  Most of our trips, right now,  are dialing into private water, and Pike and bass fishing at Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap.  Be sure read below about the Bar ZX, America's best still water fishery, and if you want a guide to float the world famous Green Drake hatch, you need to book it now, as we are already 60% totally  filled, as are all the fly shops in the Roaring Fork Valley.  We have clients that have booked a trip with us for over 20 years in advance for this special time.  Get in while you can, otherwise we hope to see you next year.  Any questions call Dustin at 970-404-1339.

With the warmer and cooler days, it's been making the  Colorado kind of day to day, and yesterday the Roaring Fork, and the Crystal River were both running clear with 3 days to go to Memorial Day.  Sometimes, It's hard to figure out mother nature.  Some of the best fishing is in 1 to 1 1/2 foot of visibility on float trips.  When it's good, it's really good.  Regardless of the weather, and the run off, we always have a great spot to take you to on any given day.  Beyond that, our guides are just moving up stream to cleaner and clearer water if they need to.  The Frying pan flows have dropped a little this week, and it is running at 190 cfs and is very fishable, along with the Roaring Fork all the way down to Glenwood Springs.  Please read below about our still water fisheries.  We've been landing some trout over 15 pounds at the Bar ZX.

Everyone always talks about fishing our world famous Green Drake hatch.  Dry flies the size of a 50 cent piece, and fish just smashing them.  This can start the end of June here in New Castle, and the hatch moves upstream daily.  You should book this Green Drake trip early, as all the guides in the valley will soon be booked.

May 5th, I just deleted 3 months of fantastic fishing updates, I hope you will be there next year and follow me  the next month, and into next year.  It's pretty simple to share information, but no one does.  Maybe that's the reason I have been selected  multiply times the " local's favorite guide" . For now, with the cooler break in the weather, the rivers have been clear for the past two weeks, and the fishing has been and will be awesome, on the big rivers for the next week or two as run off approaches.  But if they get blown out, the fishing is so awesome at the Bar ZX and our exclusive  spring creeks.  Additionally, we are  the only pike and bass fishing guides on the fly in the valley and don't forget you should book your trip now.  For more daily updates follow me on Facebook.  Right now it has been all about Pat's rubber legged stoneflies, 2o incher, and any kind of a caddis emerger,  any kind of san juan worm, to an egg is also effective.  I'm getting monster reports from our trips to the Bar Zx.  4 to 20 pound trout that haven't seen a fly in 6 months. I will be  in Honduras for 3 weeks  with my adventure fly fishing group, but I have 4 guides that are all about covering my business.  Check out my guides.  If you like me,   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 tight lines.

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What our Happy Clients Have to Say!

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.

Hutch Hutchinson Western US mgr., The Orvis Company

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