Mar 07, 2014
June 18, 2012
The cool and highly oxygenated water of the Granite Gorge is keeping fish very active this summer. Yellow sally stoneflies, pale morning dun and grey drake mayflies, midges and caddis are all keeping fish on the prowl in an opportunistic frame of mind. Stop by our Buena Vista shop for a great dry-dropper fly selection.
As one travels downstream, the slower current velocity and grassy banks of Hayden Meadows are left behind for the bouldered pocket water of the Granite Gorge. Here one exchanges the cobblestone bars and shelf lines for a riverbed strewn with rocks of every size, creating rapids and eddies, shoreline pockets and deep plunge pools. Set astride the upper end of this canyon, from the Lake County line downstream to 1.5 miles below the Granite Bridge, the Granite State Wildlife Area provides public access above and beyond that afforded by the San Isabel National Forest. Most anglers do not wade far into this swifter, steeper current but rather rock-hop along the bank, working the shoreline habitat and seamlines where the predominant brown trout population primarily resides.