The water level is up, but what does that really mean.
Jerry McBride at Rocky Ford
Jerry McBride and I took a quick trip to Rocky Ford on the 12th of November and didn’t know what to expect. What we found was that a few spots that used to be fishable are now under water, but where you could fish the fishing was actually pretty good.
There are plenty of areas where access is certainly acceptable, but wear rubber boots. The water level is up a noticeable amount and that has also increased the flow rate in some of the slower sections. This may have actually improved the fishing in those areas. Fishermen were certainly catching fish and there was no special fly that was of particular benefit. Fish were being caught with both dark and light (white) streamers. Egg patterns were successful as well as scuds of various colors. Some success was seen with soft hackle, and some fish were attracted to dry flies. In other words, fish like you have in the past and you should still have a good day.
Water levels make this area non fishable
Water level nears the bottom of the South Bridge
Make sure you look at whether you can land a fish from where you are fishing and bringing a net that telescopes out could be of great benefit.
The drive is certainly worth it and seeking out new “favorite spots” may be fun. Rocky Ford should continue as one of the better fisheries to visit for the upcoming winter.