I have been up on the area streams some this week and can report huge numbers of fish seen in the water when looking in the pools. The water is extremely clear at this time of year and it takes a careful approach to catch them now. Small flies in size 20 and 22 are best now. The fishing is very good early and late as the fish cannot see you approach as well at those times. Recent rains raised the Rio Grande again and so it’s a tad murky but my son caught two nice trout in about 20 minutes so it’s still fish-able.
Lakes are also producing fish as they are trying to pack on the weight before winter sets in and the lakes ice over. Trolling is working best but I saw some nice pan size fish caught at Big Meadows off the shore on pink Power Bait. One guy in the RV park did pull in two 19” Rainbows out of Road Canyon on bubble-fly setup casting a size 14 Renegade. He reportedly was fishing just off the boat ramp.