In the July Sun, the Fish are Going Deeper, Seeking Shadows
by Gus Jarvis
Jul 16, 2009 | 869 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print

With the hot July sun making for tough fishing at at Ridgway Reservoir, that's no reason to go elsewhere.

According to Jerry over at the Ridgway Conoco, anglers at the reservoir are having to go a little deeper for brown trout action but they're still having luck – especially in the area just west of the boat ramp, as well as just south of the swimming beach.

“The damn fish are going deeper and deeper,” Jerry said on Tuesday. “They are becoming harder to catch. I am still getting great reports from guys fishing from the banks but they are just having to go a little deeper.”

Jerry also reports that anglers are still having some good luck fishing the confluence of the Uncompahgre and Dallas Creek. If you find yourself in that area with some mild afternoon cloud cover, rip a purple or olive streamer through the seams. The fish will chase it.

With the sunny days on the reservoir, it might be time to try out one of Panther Martin’s Holographic lures. The appearance of these lures sparkle in the water with their innovative paint finish, especially in sunlight. Pick up a tiger/black or a rainbow holographic lure and give them a spin if you find afternoon cloud cover doesn’t look like an option. And, as Jerry recommends, get them deep. That’s where they are feeding.

The Uncompahgre at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk is still running relatively high but the fishing hasn’t been bad. Jerry said he has received reports from anglers that they had some significant subsurface and surface action.

The San Miguel River is also a viable option this time of year as the water level has dropped significantly. The fish have moved into the deeper pools there and are often found under the overhanging willows. There is great water to be fished both upstream and downstream of the BLM put-in at Beaver Canyon near the Norwood bridge.

I would recommend throwing a medium-sized grasshopper or even a Royal PMX. If they aren’t keen on the surface action right away, wait for the afternoon shadows to start forming on the water and put on a small dropper of some sort (WD40 or small pheasant tail) to see if they are looking to eat near the surface.

Shadows are the place to fish these days. Remember, fish don’t have eyelids and they don’t like looking up at the bright July sun.

Caught an exceptional fish in the region lately? Email your photo to and it just may end up in next week’s Honey Hole.
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