Date(s) - Saturday, Jun 30
Trip Captain: George Frick
I am very excited for this months HPD Club fishing trip.
Fraser is located on Hwy 40 just past Winter Park. The drive takes about 1 1/2 hrs from the metro area.
I would like to meet at the Dinosaur lots around 6 am. The dinosaur lots are located just west of Golden. If you take the first exit you come to after C-470, also known as Hwy 40 and the Morrison exit, we can all meet in the lot to the west and north of the exit. This upper lot is called the Mammoth lot I believe. I have attached a map. We will meet across from the gas station nearest the parking. I will bring some doughnuts and I also have a map of the area that we will be fishing in.
If you Google ‘Fishing the Fraser river in Colorado’ (because Vancouver has one also), you will find a lot of info about it. There is a fly shop in Fraser. The owner is Jeff Ehlert,(great guy). I will get info from them as well. Their contact info 970-726-5231.
There are really 3 spots along the Fraser that can be fished. The first part starts around the rendezvous sales offices just at the north end of Winter Park then winds all the way through Fraser to the north end of town at county road 8. The Fraser trail also runs the entire length of the river so both side of it are very accessible. The 2nd public fishing area is a 0.4 mile stretch that is newly open to the public. This stretch of the Fraser was restored by the Colorado head water chapters of Trout unlimited. I have fished it a couple times this year already and as with the rest of the river, there are some very nice sized fish available. The 3rd stretch of public water is the canyon section just below Tabernash. It is accessible by BLM road and it requires a 1/2 mile trek down to the river and then again back out. It is not a hard hike at all but does require a bit of steeper type grade for 1/3 of the hike in and out.
The Fraser is one of very few true free stone rivers left. I cut my fly fishing teeth on this river about 8 years ago when I started fly fishing. I used to live in Fraser and would often walk to the river if even for only a 1/2 an hour. You can expect to find brookies, browns, and rainbows as well as the occasional cut throat. I have been there when the DOW shocks the river and it is unbelievable how many fish are in the river. I have pulled 20” browns and rainbows out of that water on many occasions. I have pulled some of the largest fish from directly behind the Safeway. For real! There are also a few ponds that are very fishable along the same path.
If you have shorter / lighter rods, bring them. It is crazy fun to catch these fish on lighter tackle. Also, the river can get narrow with all of the willow bushes around so a shorter rod can come in handy from time to time. Having said that I fish it with a 9’ most of the time simply because it is what I tend to have with me.
The water is fishing very well as of yesterday, 6-12. It is definitely wadable and in fact I am sure I will wet wade during the trip. It is high enough in altitude that snakes are not an issue. I have never had any issues other then the mud and the willow bushes when wet wading the area. The flows will likely be a bit low since Denver water is still taking over 50% at the Moffat tunnel due to the Gross reservoir expansion. I am optimistic, however; that the flows will be perfect for fishing by the end of January, as the reservoirs should be topped off by then.
I have been having a lot of luck fishing with the Purple prince nymph, (my favorite). Yesterday there were many smaller caddis hatching and I got attacked by a few stone flies but I am not seeing much other activity at this point. Hairs ears, pheasant tails, San Juan worms, RS2’s and the like, all sizes 14-22 have usually fished well. I will update everyone as we get closer to the trip date.
I look forward to seeing everyone and I am happy to help everyone find a great place to fish. Feel free to give me a shout with any questions. Also, I will be providing a light taco bar for lunch so a good head count would be greatly appreciated.
See you all on the 30th!!
Feel free to contact me with any questions. 303-523-1676