Early try this year

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    Scotty MacFly
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    I want to get a jump on things a little earlier this year. So I thought about the beginning to the middle of March is when I’d like to get back on the water.
    The earliest I have fly fished was in late April, but I hear March can be fun as well.

    For dry fly fishing, what fly / flies would be my best bet, and size.
    I’m thinking maybe a Griffiths Gnat in a #20 would work? Midges are always present as well.

    Where would you target? Would they be moving into the shallow edges yet, or still hunkered down tight & deep?

    #7802

    Grsdlnr
    Spectator

    When I lived near an Eastern spring creek, February dry fly fishing wasn’t just possible but could be quite productive. And no crowds. Out here a tailwater would be the river of choice. I’d look for slower water and hopefully a few rising fish. A cloudy day above freezing with no wind would help a lot.

    Griffith’s Gnat is always a good choice, but I do better with this fly:

    Hook: Daiichi 1110 (wide gape, ring eye) #20 or 22
    Abdomen: stripped peacock herl
    Wing: white Hi-Vis, sparse (similar to crinkly Z-lon but florescent – easier to see on the water)
    Thorax: Adams grey dubbing
    Hackle: two or three turns of grizzly dyed medium dun (regular grizzly hackle is OK too)

    Good luck, Scotty!

    #7803

    Scotty MacFly
    Spectator

    Thanks GRS. I’ll tie some up this weekend.

    The only tailwater I have nearby is the Big Thompson, & it does collect the crowds. Boulder Creek has a tail water section but in March the water level is really low. Its better to fish in Boulder from what I understand.

    I’ll do my best.

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