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    Scotty MacFly

    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?



    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!


    Scotty MacFly

    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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