Springtime Skiing, Boarding . . . and yes, Fishing!
Well, it’s that in-between time of year at 10,200 feet. It’s alright to be lacing up those running shoes, but depending on which trail you’re on, you may be better off with the skis or snowshoes. And while most Leadvillites are pulling out the lightweight jackets and layering up with vests, it’s not quite time to put that parka away for the season.
For the folks who love to fish, the ice fishing days are gone, yet not all high alpine lakes have fully opened up for boats. Fortunately, the streams are flowing and ready for your cast (and crew). To that end, here’s the first fishing report of the season for the Upper Arkansas River (Between Leadville and Buena Vista) brought to you by Tim Hill with Colorado Fly Fishing Guides located in downtown Leadville.
For only being late March the fishing in Hayden Meadows is excellent. There is still some lingering snow/ice on some of the rim, but overall the access is remarkable for the time of year. Due to unseasonably moderate temperatures the fish have made it through the winter in fantastic shape. Up high the fish are still in their winter holes so concentrate on nymphing in the deeper water. Golden stones, caddis pupa, and a variety of midge and small mayfly emergers have been the ticket for nymph rigs. Closer to Buena Vista there are blue wing and midge hatches during the warmer parts of the day for some potential dry fly action.
Tim’s downtown location is still operating as a ski shop (Alpine Ski & Sport) until April 5th. However, he is guiding fishing trips for Colorado Fly Fishing Guides as well – ah, Springtime in Colorado! You can also find a selection of flies, leaders and tippets for those of you wanting to get some rare early action on the Upper Ark!!