Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Late afternoon on Halfmoon Creek

Headed up to Halfmoon Creek for the first time this year to do a little camping and fishing.  I get to the creek and set up camp before I put on the waders and head to the water around 4pm.  I decide to work my way upstream hitting every pocket and run along the way before working my way back to camp.
I tie on a green Amy's Ant and start working my way through the holes.  Second hole and I land my first fish of the day, a little brookie to start the day off right.  I continue working upstream getting a fish at almost every spot I try and have landed a brown and a rainbow to get three of the four types of trout in the river.

I start working my way back downstream hoping to land a cutthroat to finish off the grand slam.  I work back down to find a nice little pool on the side of the river to finish off the day.  I change flies to a Green Drake and start casting through the pool. First cast and I get a little brookie to bite and land that one plus another five before I call it a day and walk back to camp.

Great first day back on Halfmoon Creek with probably 20 plus fish in hand and not another angler in sight.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies that Worked:  Amy's Ant, Green Drake

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lucky 13 on the Cache La Poudre

We hadn't been to the Cache La Poudre River in a while so Mark and I decided to give it a try even with the flows around 1100cfs.  Even though the flows were high they had been going down for a week straight, and the water much clearer than I expected.  We stop off at ST. Petes Fly Shop to pick up a few flies and some advice.  I end up picking up a couple PMX after talking to one of the guys at the shop about what he likes to use when dry fly fishing.  Meanwhile Mark picks up some nymphs and a floating line.
We head up to where we normally start but there is somebody fishing there already so we head a little further upstream and find a pullout.  We choose a spot with a couple of islands and work ourselves around them.  I manage to get a couple after tying on the PMX on the points of the islands before working my way upstream along the near edge.  I get a couple more along the edges before I meet back up with Mark, only to find out he has not had any luck. 

We decide to change spots and drive a little further upstream to see if the fishing will pick up.  Mark works his way downstream while I work up, still using the PMX.  Throwing to the near edge in the slack water areas proves to be very effective for me and I manage to catch another four browns before taking a break and finding Mark.  Catching a fish on Marks first couple casts got him going and he even tried my Tenkara rod in one of the pools after I told him how many fish I had caught.  Unfortunately he did not catch a fish in the pool much to my surprise.  After we take a lunch break we decide to head back to our normal starting point.

With the water open Mark starts at a nice run below some riffles while I continue to work my way up the near edge and fish the slack water.  I give Mark my other PMX I bought before I start but manage to catch a fish at the first spot I try while Mark is still changing up his flies.  I catch another four browns and have one snap me off before I head back downstream to find Mark.  Finding Mark at the same spot but throwing dries and catching fish on a trailing BWO instead of the PMX, amazes me because I was not 50 yards from him catching fish on the PMX.  I cast to the top end of the run below the riffles and manage to catch one more to end my day with a fish. 

After Mark catches a couple more we call it a day and head back to the car with smiles on our faces.  We ended up both catching a number of fish and almost all of them on dries to make this a pretty good fishing day considering  the flows we normally fish at are closer to 250cfs instead of 1100cfs.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  PMX, BWO

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cub Creek and a Green Amy's Ant

Had a beautiful day out and Daniel and I decided to head up to Rocky Mountain N.P. to try our luck on Cub Creek.  I figured this would be a great creek for Daniel with the lack of trees around to get hung up on and the fact that I had good luck throwing big dries a week before.
We start the day each of throwing a big green Amy's Ant and work our way upstream.  Not five minutes into it and I have landed my first little brookie of the day.  Having caught a fish right off the bat I decide to turn into a guide for the day and try and get Daniel on some fish.  The day ended up being one of many lessons for Daniel but caught three fish(new record for him) over the coarse of the day.  The one lesson he took to heart was trying to get the first cast into a pool right, so as not to spook the fish or disrupt the pool. 
After working our way upstream and Daniel taking a bang on his knee we take a break and start working our way downstream to the car.  With Daniel nursing his injury I decide to try a little fishing on the way back.  Just as before I manage to land a little brookie first cast in and then proceed to catch another half dozen or so before we get back to the car.

Had a great day in the park with one of my oldest friends on a beautiful day in Colorado.  This is how my time should be spent!

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Green Amy's Ant

16 fish day at Eleven Mile Canyon

Mark and I headed down to Eleven Mile Canyon for the day with the flows decreasing and the weather warming up we had hoped for a good dry fly day.  We start the day at the normal spot and work our way to a couple of new spots later in the day before ending the day on the dream stream.

We get to our spot and Mark heads downstream while I head upstream.  I tie on a bwo and start casting to a little dark spot in the water where I think there may be a fish.  Bam!  Fish On!  Second cast and I have hooked into a brown to start the day off right.  I continue upstream and manage to catch four more before heading downstream to find Mark.  I meet up with Mark only to find out he has not caught anything, so I tell him to switch to a bwo and I take a little break.  Mark ties on a bwo and has a fish on almost immediately.
Mark continues downstream while I fish just below the bridge and pull in another five along the edges.  Mark ends up catching one more before we take a lunch break and decide to move to a new spot.  We pick a spot we have driven by countless times but never stopped because there always seemed to be people there.  Same as before, Mark works downstream while I work upstream, and just as before I have great luck throwing a bwo to the edges and pools.  Over the next hour or so I land another six fish while Mark tries any number of different setups but can't hook into a fish.
We decide to finish the day off on the dream stream to see if the change in scenery will change Mark's luck.  Mark manages to catch one brown and have another couple on that break off while I got nothing.  I decide to take some pictures of Mark fishing and call it day to actively trying to get a fish.

We end the day around dusk with the wind kicking up and head back to the car.  Ended up being one of my best days of fishing at Eleven Mile Canyon I have ever had.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked: BWO

Late day fishing on Bear Creek

Headed out to Bear Creek again for some late day fishing hoping the dry fly action would produce some fish.  I get to the creek around 4pm and start just below the parking lot and work my way upstream over the next few hours.

I try a couple spots close to the bank and manage to get a little brown right off the bat. As I work my way upstream I stick close to the banks and big pools.  This was the first time I tried to fish upstream of the parking lot since the floods but ended up having a pretty good day.  I only manage to make it to the first bridge by the end of the day but had plenty of action in the spots I fished.

Pretty good day on the water and with no one jumping in on me finished off the day catching one more little brown on a bwo.

Rod:  Wakata 9' 5/5
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  BWO

Late day at Bear Creek

Headed up to Bear Creek around 4pm to do some late day fishing.  Was hoping that most of the people would have left before I got there, but sadly that was not the case.  After working my around I finally get to a few open spots and start catching some little browns.  I spend the next few hours doing my best to avoid the crowds but finish the day with not one but two assholes jumping in not 10 feet from where I am fishing.  Not the way I wanted to end the day but took it as a sign and picked up and headed home.

Rod:  Wakata 9' 5/5
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  BWO

Slow day on South Boulder Creek

It has been a while since this day happened but Mark and I headed to South Boulder Creek to try our luck again.  The day was a slow fishing day and neither of us had much luck with nymphing or on the dry.  Managed to catch a rainbow before it was all said and done on a bwo but turned the day into a photo day to keep the frustration to a minimum.

Rod: Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Riggs Floating Line 12'
Fly that worked:  BWO