Thursday, January 21, 2016

First time out this year

I headed up to South Boulder Creek today with Mark to try our luck for the first time in 2016.  We could not have asked for better weather with blue skies and no wind.  The flows were around 86cfs and we were the only two fishing the canyon the entire day.  All that being said, we were both skunked and called it after about four hours of fishing.


Still great to get out and do some fishing for the first time in a couple of months.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line: Furled 12'
Flies that worked:  Nothing

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Beautiful day on the water

Headed up to Clear Creek for the day trying to take advantage of the beautiful weather in mid November.  The day was sunny but cold and just a small breeze in the air.  I started the day on a double nymph rig since we have had some snow and cold nights recently making the bug activity slow down considerably.  I start casting through the runs and within ten minutes I have landed a 10" rainbow to start the day.  Sadly that was the only fish of the day despite covering some water.  I did not even see another fish all day.  That being said, I still had a pretty good day on the water.

Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line:  Furled 11'
Fly that Worked:  Hare's Ear Nymph

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Slow day on the Blue

Headed up to the Blue River with Mark for the day after hearing the fishing was still pretty good.  We end up having a beautiful sunny day in the upper 30's with the flows around 100cfs and gin clear.  We start at the cemetery with the water to ourselves but neither of us even see a fish, much less catch one.  We decide to head to town and try a stretch I have fished before.  By this time I have tied on a red amy's ant with a trailing midge hoping to get a dry fly bite.  I work upstream a ways and finally get three small fish to take the amy's ant.  Meanwhile Mark has not had any luck so we decide to call it a day and head home.  Slow day of fishing, but still a great day in the mountains!


Rod:  Unagi 12' 7/3
Line:  Level Line 10'
Fly that Worked:  Red Amy's Ant

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Slow day on Clear Creek

Went back up to Clear Creek with Mark to see if the fishing was still on after the cold spell.  We try a spot I had good luck at earlier in the week to start and then try a couple different spots upstream a ways.  The day was slow fishing and trying to figure out what the fish might hit.  My first three fish were all caught on a different fly.  The first spot gave up two to me while I got shut out at the second spot.   Third spot I ended up catching three more on the Amy's Ant before calling it a day with me catching the only fish of the day.  Still had a beautiful day out in the mountains with a buddy!




Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Level Line 12'
Flies That Worked:  Amy's Ant, Emerger, Red San Juan Worm,

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Clear Creek and Hoppers

Headed back up to Clear Creek but decided to try a new spot to start the day off.  I walk downstream a ways and start working my way back up still throwing a red Amy's Ant.  It doesn't take long before I am into some fish and pretty continuous action.  I have nine to hand before I see a gentleman walk in a little upstream of me and then run back to his car to get his rod so he could fish a good hole just above where I was.  I decide to move upstream with a let it go attitude but this is becoming an issue more and more and I may have to rethink my policy. 

Second stop thankfully was just as productive as the first and I manage to catch another eleven before calling it around 3pm and heading back to the car.  All in all a pretty good day with twenty in on a hopper pattern in November.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Level Line 12'
Fly That Worked:  Red Amy's Ant

Saturday, October 31, 2015

One windy day

Headed back up to Clear Creek hoping the dry fly fishing would still be on.  I try a different spot to start the day but end up fishing the top part of Huntsman Gulch to finish the day.  I keep on the red Amy's Ant I used last time and work my way upstream at but spots.  The first stop gives up five but over a couple of hours.  The wind kept gusting, making casting and dead drifts a challenge.  I start at the second stop and pull six more in about an hour before the wind picks up making casting nearly impossible.  With eleven for the day I call it around 3pm and head home with another good day of fishing in the books.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Level Line 12'
Fly That Worked:  Red Amy's Ant

Thursday, October 29, 2015

400th day of Fishing

Headed up to Clear Creek for my 400th day of fishing since I started.  The weather was great and the water was low and clear.  The day started off a little slow trying to find a pattern that worked, but after some trial and error I land on a red Amy's Ant for the day.  Once I changed to this pattern the action picked up and the fish started coming in.  The theme of the day was the chase, having at least half a dozen fish chase the fly downstream to eat it.  By the end of my three hours of fishing I managed to land over twenty on a dry fly in late October.  Feeling pretty good how far I have come from my first day.



Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Level Line 12'
Fly that Worked:  Red Amy's Ant

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Arkansas River in the Fall

Headed down to the Arkansas River with Mark after reading that the dry fly action was good.  The flows were around 400cfs and the water was pretty clear.  The day started off sunny but quickly became overcast which kept the temperatures around 60 degrees.  We fished a couple spots over the coarse of the day but only the first spot gave up any fish.  Mark caught seven on a BWO pattern while I managed eleven with 2 on a Caddis and 9 on a Copper John.  Overall we had a good day even with the tough fishing and always good to get out.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Level Line 12'
Flies That Worked:  Extended Body BWO, Copper John

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Good day on the Poudre

Headed up to the Cache La Poudre River for the day with Mark on what turned out to be a beautiful day.  It had rained the previous two days bringing the flows up from 50cfs to 100cfs but the clarity remained crystal clear.  Over the coarse of the day we try four different spots starting at the wild trout section and working ourselves down canyon from there.  The first spot I got a couple on a extended body bwo after a couple hours of effort.  Spot number two gave me six more but all on a black pmx.  The third stop I fished some new water and got six more on the pmx before moving to the last stop where I got shut out.  The day seemed to be a tough fishing day but when I look back I managed to pick up fourteen fish, which is one of the better days I have had on the Poudre.  Great to get out and do a little fishing with Mark again.


Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Level Line 12'
Flies that Worked:  Extended Body BWO, Black PMX

Friday, October 16, 2015

Couple different spots on Clear Creek

Headed back up to Clear Creek for the third day in a row hoping to have the same good luck I have been experiencing.  I had another beautiful day to fish and decided to try a couple spots I have not fished in a while.  The first spot was down low in the canyon and the second was above tunnel 3.
The first spot is an old favorite but tends to get fished more than some.  I walk downstream a ways and before I get to the water I see a big hawk sitting on a rock just in front of me.  I take a few pictures and then make my way to the creek and start working my way up.  I manage to catch eight before some d%^k walks in on me and starts fishing just above me.  I walk through the holes just above him and decide to try the second spot.

I try a pullout above tunnel 3 and fish my way up for a few hours before I call it.  This section was a little slower fishing but still managed to pull in fifteen before it was all said and done.  The two patterns that worked all day were a caddis and a bwo.
Great day on Clear Creek again!

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Level Line 12'
Flies That Worked:  Caddis, BWO

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Back to Clear Creek

Headed back up to Clear Creek for the afternoon on a beautiful fall day.  It was a little windy but the water was clear and the sun was shining.  I start down low in the canyon and find a pullout to fish at.  Same as yesterday I walk downstream a ways and fish my way back up.  This time the fishing is on from the get go and I manage to pull in another twenty plus fish in about three hours.  Great to be out and still catching fish on dries.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Level Line 12'
Fly that Worked:  Extended Body BWO

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Great day on Clear Creek

Spent the day on Clear Creek fishing the same stretch I fished last time.  I tied on a Extended body BWO and started working my way upstream.  The day started slow but picked up as I went.  Managed to catch twenty two browns today before calling it around 5pm  and heading home.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Level Line 12'
Fly that Worked:  Extended Body BWO

Monday, October 12, 2015

Upper Big Thompson River

Headed up to Rocky Mountain N.P. with my nephew Alex to try a little fishing on the upper Big T. for the day.  We had a nice sunny day but the wind must have been over 20mph making for some tough casting conditions.  With Moraine Park being busy we decide to fish up the canyon hoping to avoid the crowds and the worst of the wind.  We work ourselves upstream for a few hours with plenty of bites but no fish to hand before we take a lunch break and head back to moraine park.

We fish Moraine Park to finish the day but sadly only one fish was caught.  I manage to land a three inch brown to shake off the skunk but I just can't get Alex on a fish.  Despite the tough fishing I had a great day fishing with my nephew!
Rod:  Wakata 9' 5/5
Line:  Level Line 10'
Fly that Worked:  Elk Hair Caddis(not really though)