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The second week of August I will be joining some friends on a backpacking trip into Chicago Basin. They will be doing 14ers and I would like to spend my days fishing.

Searches are coming up empty for information on fishing Twin Lakes and Needle Creek.

Does anyone have experience in the area?

I did call Duranglers and the person I spoke to had not been in the area and didn't have any specifics to pass along except that a 3WT should do the trick.

There are a couple of things I would like to know.

Insights to specifically fishing Twin Lakes.

I plan on bringing waders with me.

...Does the lake have deep holes that would require me to bring an extra spool with a sinking line to get at the fish should they go deep?

...I plan on bringing terrestrials, dry flys and streamers - does this sound correct AND what sizes would you suggest?

...Should I bring a 5WT as well to help deal with the likelihood of windy conditions.

As for Needle Creek, pretty much expecting to be nymphing most of the time.

...Any suggestions on what to have in my box.


Hopefully water conditions will be much better for Colorado this Summer. We were having to jump off the water by noon last July due to the low water flow and warm temperatures.
 

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Never fished that area, but I have fished a lot of the high country and one thing I can tell you is to be prepared for wind. So definitely bring the 5 weight. It should serve you better than the 3 wt at the lakes.

Another thing to add to your arsenal is some chironomids, scuds, and San Juan worms.

We had a ton of snow this past winter, so your experience this year should be much different than last year.
 

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High lake cuttys in August think dries. Big Tarantulas work well.
 

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The second week of August I will be joining some friends on a backpacking trip into Chicago Basin. They will be doing 14ers and I would like to spend my days fishing.

Searches are coming up empty for information on fishing Twin Lakes and Needle Creek.

Does anyone have experience in the area?

I did call Duranglers and the person I spoke to had not been in the area and didn't have any specifics to pass along except that a 3WT should do the trick.

There are a couple of things I would like to know.

Insights to specifically fishing Twin Lakes.

I plan on bringing waders with me.

...Does the lake have deep holes that would require me to bring an extra spool with a sinking line to get at the fish should they go deep?

...I plan on bringing terrestrials, dry flys and streamers - does this sound correct AND what sizes would you suggest?

...Should I bring a 5WT as well to help deal with the likelihood of windy conditions.

As for Needle Creek, pretty much expecting to be nymphing most of the time.

...Any suggestions on what to have in my box.


Hopefully water conditions will be much better for Colorado this Summer. We were having to jump off the water by noon last July due to the low water flow and warm temperatures.

I'm going to be in Chicago Basin 8/14-18. Feel free to send email.
 

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I never considered fly fishing Twin Lakes. Why not fly fish the Arkansas River? It's right next to Twin Lakes.
 

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The second week of August I will be joining some friends on a backpacking trip into Chicago Basin. They will be doing 14ers and I would like to spend my days fishing.

Searches are coming up empty for information on fishing Twin Lakes and Needle Creek.

Does anyone have experience in the area?

I did call Duranglers and the person I spoke to had not been in the area and didn't have any specifics to pass along except that a 3WT should do the trick.

There are a couple of things I would like to know.

Insights to specifically fishing Twin Lakes.

I plan on bringing waders with me.

...Does the lake have deep holes that would require me to bring an extra spool with a sinking line to get at the fish should they go deep?

...I plan on bringing terrestrials, dry flys and streamers - does this sound correct AND what sizes would you suggest?

...Should I bring a 5WT as well to help deal with the likelihood of windy conditions.

As for Needle Creek, pretty much expecting to be nymphing most of the time.

...Any suggestions on what to have in my box.


Hopefully water conditions will be much better for Colorado this Summer. We were having to jump off the water by noon last July due to the low water flow and warm temperatures.
Consider doing some of the 14ers in there with your friends if you are able. Maybe not Eolus but Windom and Sunlight are very doable. That is really a special area. There is a worthy lake in there that you can bushwack to and have your friends meet up with you after they hike. Check your maps.
 
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