Last weekend I hiked in to Brainard Lake with friends. The main goal of the trip was just to relax and enjoy some time outside but of course I brought along the camera. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that South St. Vrain Creek was flowing and while the banks were still mostly buried in snow, the stream was definitely fishable. It won't be long now before runoff really gets started but currently there is a good window to fish the local creeks. I'm wondering if the fish up high might be hungry after a winter locked under the ice. Then again, I'm not sure I want to lug gear through the snow drifts to find out when more accessible water is fishing so well...
UPDATE: 4/18/2015 -- With the recent damp weather, stream levels are elevated but fishing can still be good if you pick your stream carefully. This past week we have seen March Browns showing up and of course the Hendricksons are around. During cloudy or rainy days, Blue-winged Olives may also make an appearance. Little Yellow Stoneflies and Little Black Caddis are also around.
Warm water options are heating up and I'm offering 1/2 day trips in the Cookeville/Crossville area for anyone wanting to target bass, bluegill and shellcracker and trout all in one trip. This will only last a short time as the water will soon warm too much for the trout so get on this trip option in the next couple of weeks.