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Hatches and Trout Flies for the Uncompahgre River, Colorado
Midges hatch throughout the year but are most important when nothing else is hatching.
For the most part, that is during the winter. There are days when the weather is good that
trout can be caught on dry fly imitations of adult midges during the winter.
The Blue-winged Olives hatch in February and March and again in August, September and
October. This hatch is fairly consistent and produces some great dry fly action.
During the months of July and August you will probably find some Little Yellow Stoneflies
hatching. These are called Yellow Sallies by most anglers.
The PMDs or Pale Morning Duns can hatch from about the middle of June all the way to
the middle of September. This is a great hatch to fish.
There are several species of caddisflies that hatch on the Uncompahgre River. Probably
the most important of them are the Spotted Sedges. These caddisflies can hatch from June
through September, depending on the particular species. Green Sedges are fairly plentiful
on this stream. Imitations of their larvae, called Rock Worms, are effective flies to use.
These caddisflies usually hatch in May and June.
Terrestrial insects,consisting of ants, beetles and grasshoppers, are important insects to
imitate during the summer. You want to have imitations of them anytime from about the first
of June until the first of October. Ants seem to work great on this river.
Streamers are effective flies to use only when there is a lot of rain to slightly dingy the
water and during very late and very early times of the day. The water stays very clear
throughout the year so the low light situations are usually necessary for you to get good
results from the streamers. The river has a good population of Sculpin, so you may want to
try imitations of them.
We hope you will give our "Perfect Fly" line of trout flies a try if you haven't done so
already. They are the most realistic and effective trout flies you can purchase. If you give
them a chance, we are certain you will be glad you did.
There may be other insects that hatch in large enough quantities to add to this list. If
anyone can provide any additional information, please contact us at the email address
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