Antero is fishing really well right now. Its an absolute buffet of bugs out there. Callibaetis are ruling the hatches and the damsels are becoming super active as well. The weeds are starting to really grow and the food sources are expanding.
Suspending nymphs deep or stripping streamers and leeches has been effective. Be sure to play with the depth on your nymph rigs, proper depth is key!
Some musky are even being caught in various parts of the lake!
Be sure to check out our stillwater fly selection for the best patterns for South Park.
Callibaetis and damsels are the ticket right now. Bubba's callibaetis in 16, Pandemic May 16, and Rickards callibaetis in 16. Chironomids in sizes 14-18, orange scuds in 10-12, Leech patterns in black, brown, or olive. Static nymphing or slow crawling bugs has been effective.
STREAMERS- Baby Gongas, Gongas, Dungeons, thin mints in black, D&D's in all colors
Antero Reservoir is a shallow reservoir with healthy plant life and more scud shrimp than you can shake a hook at. Because it is so loaded with these protein-rich shrimp the trout feed on, their growth rate is significantly higher than fish in most other reservoirs within a reasonable driving distance. So if you have an appetite for catching large and beautifully colored Rainbows and Browns, consider Antero. Flies of choice are as follows: Scudzillas, Olive or Black streamers such as a Wooly Bugger, red or black Tungsten Rojo Midges, Beadhead Hare's Ears, Egg patterns, and Schroders Callibaetis.
This is an area we specialize in and are permitted to guide, so give us a shout if you have any questions or if you are interested in allowing one of our Orvis-Endorsed guides show you how best to conquer Antero Reservoir.