Friday, April 29, 2016

Clear Creek

Headed up to Clear Creek above Idaho Springs to start the day with a partly cloudy day to start.  I begin the day and have patches of sunlight and catch a couple fish before the weather turns fro the worst and I now am in a snow storm.  I decide to head down the canyon a ways to see if the weather will clear.  Luckily I don't have to go to far before the weather turns back to mostly sunny skies and I find a pullout below tunnel 5 and start fishing.  This is a stretch of creek I have never fished before but looks like great water.  I manage to catch 33 fish hear all on an Amy's Ant.  Top five day of fishing on this creek!






Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

Unbelievable day on the Poudre

Headed up to the Cache La Poudre River for the day to see if I could match the last time I came up.  I start the day fishing a section that is new to me and then working into some familiar waters upstream.  I finish the day fishing a totally new section of water for me just above the confluence with the South Fork.  Other than losing for flies to fish over the coarse of the day, I could not have asked for a better fishing day.  I manage to catch 37 for the day and finish off with a nice 17" brown to cap the day.







Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line: Furled: 12'
Fly that Worked: Amy's Ant

Clear Creek

Back up to Clear Creek for the day.  This time I start around Fall River and work my way upstream for the day.  The water is still clear and the weather is perfect for fishing dry flies.  I tie on a Any's Ant and start fishing.  The day goes great catching 25 before it is all said and done, but only two rainbows out of that.  Still great to get out!






Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line: Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

Arkansas river

Mark and I headed down to the Arkansas River hoping to come across a caddis hatch or two.  It was a little early in the season for it but we had heard the hatches were coming off.  Sadly the water levels had risen and the water was completely stained.  We try four different spot throughout the day but neither of us our having much luck.  Mark pulls in four for the day while I manage just one on a copper john.  Good to get out out but a pretty tough fishing day.




Rod:  12' Iwana
Line: 12' Furled
Fly that Worked:  Copper John


Clear Creek

Had such good luck the last time I fished Clear Creek I decided to go back but fish the section around Fall River.  I have fished hear before but thought for a change of pace I would try it again.  I start a ways below the confluence and work my way upstream past it.  I fish for a few hours and manage to catch twenty five before calling it a day.  One more great day of fishing with the Amy's Ant.





Rod:  12' Iwana
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

Amazing day on Clear Creek

Can't seem to get enough of Clear Creek.  Fished a couple different spots today and had great success at both of them.  I start the day up high and then move downstream to finish off the day.  Both spots give up 25 fish apiece to make my best day of fishing to date on Clear Creek.  The best part of it was that every fish was caught on a Amy's Ant. 






Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

Windy Windy Windy

Headed back to Clear Creek to do some fishing on one hell of a windy day.  These kind of days always test my patience with the difficulty of casting and the wind blowing my line off the water.  I could nymph, but who wants to do that!  I tie on an Amy's Ant and fish it the whole day.  I manage to catch seven for the day, but still had a good day in the mountains.





Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

Clear Creek on a beautiful day

Headed back to Clear Creek for the day.  I start fishing up high as usual where the water is a little clearer.  The day ends up being a moderately slow day and I end up catching ten for the day.  Still nice to be fishing a Amy's Ant and catching a good number.




Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly That Worked:  Amy's Ant

Cache la Poudre with Mark

Today Mark and I headed up to the Cache La Poudre River to try our luck throwing Amy's Ants.  We fish a couple different spots over the coarse of the day, one new, one old.  We have perfect weather for the day and end up putting in 6 or 7 hours on the water.


First spot of the day is an old favorite but this time we walk down to the bottom of the island as a starting point to work our way back upstream.  Before I can cross to the far side Mark has already picked up one.  He works up the near side and I take the far side.  We meet up at the top and compare numbers and Mark has been crushing it and picked up 13 while I have have managed to get 7.  We call it when we get back to the area where we parked and head to a new spot for Mark but an area I have recently been having great luck.

We arrive at the new spot and start fishing our way upstream.  Mark moves ahead of me a ways to give so room to fish while I walk downstream to widen the gap.  Almost immediately I start catching fish, by the time I catch back up to Mark I have caught 12 and Mark has pulled in another 4.  We get to a slow section in the river and decide to call it for the day.  Fantastic day of fishing for both of us and never had to switch patterns.
Rod: Ito 12'
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked: Amy's Ant

Windy day in the canyon

Headed back to Clear Creek on what turned out to be a windy day.  This makes it tough to cast, luckily I throw a Amy's Ant.  I decide to try a new section of the creek just up from the bridge.  I end up catching five for the day but probably had fifteen more attack the fly or even hooked that did not make it to hand.  I finish early when the winds really pick up and head home with another good day of fishing. 




Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line: Furled 12'
Fly That Worked:  Amy's Ant