Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rainy afternoon on the South Platte

Mark and I decide to hit the South Platte River for the afternoon hoping the rains would push most of the people off the river.  Unfortunately that was not the case and the river was packed full of other anglers and the rafters were in full swing.  We drive around trying to find an open spot after our first couple of choices were already being fished.
We find a open spot and I tie on a Amy's Ant to a PMD before I start working the edges.  After an hour or so with no luck, our tough day gets a little tougher as a hail storm passes over.  We wait out the hail and get back on the water after it passes.  With the water a little high I manage to work out into the middle to fish the far edge.  After a few casts I see a fish feed on the surface under a little bush.  First cast to it and a nice brown sips in the PMD and the battle is on.  After a good fight and a little help from Mark netting it, I have the first fish of the day.  Using my bigger rod was probably the best decision of the day being that this brown was a 16" pig.  I keep fishing from the middle and get a giant of  a fish to take the PMD.  I pull back and hook it, but almost immediately the fish runs and snaps off the 6x tippet I was using.  Almost in tears over that dumb mistake because that would have been the biggest fish I had caught ever.
I take a little break and watch Mark fish the far bank for a while.  We try a couple more spots with no luck before calling it a day with just the one fish caught.  That being said, it was a great fish for a one fish day.  Not my best day of fishing but still had a great time on the water with a buddy.
Rod:  Unagi 12' 7/3
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies that Worked:  PMD

Pond fishing before finishing on the Arkansas

Today's plan was to fish the ponds just outside my campsite before heading to the Arkansas River to try my luck at some bigger fish.  I start the day around 10am and head over to the ponds with a green drake still on the rod.
This time it takes two casts before I have my first brookie of the day.  I decide to work my way through the big pond before I find a couple more smaller ponds to try.  Catching a number of brookies in all the ponds over the next couple hours, I decide I have caught enough and head back to the car to head down to the Arkansas.

I drive down to the bottom part of Hayden Meadows at Kobe while the rains come over and wait out the storm before finding a spot to fish.  First spot gives up two pretty good size browns before I get sandwiched between some other anglers and pick up to find a new spot.  I drive a little further downstream and find a spot to myself.  I wade out to the middle of the river and start working the edges on both sides.  Over the next couple hours I manage to land a half dozen browns all in the 15" range before another storm passes over.  While I head back to the car to wait out the thunderstorm I decide to drive to the top of Hayden Meadows and see if I can catch a couple more.  I fish the upper meadows for about an hour with no luck before I call it a day.

I head back to camp to pack up before the next thunderstorm rolls in and head home with a great couple of days fishing in the books.  Nothing better than catching some good size fish on big dries!

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  Green Drake

Pretty good afternoon back at Halfmoon Creek

Headed back up to Halfmoon Creek for the third week in a row with the plan of fishing the creek the first day and finishing off the trip fishing the Arkansas River.  Per my normal routine I arrive at the creek and set up camp before getting to the water around 3pm.


I get to the creek and decide to hit the ponds just to the side first to see what I can get.  First cast in and I land a nice 10" brookie to start the day off.  I work my way to a couple different spots on the pond and catch a couple more before I see a number of fish feeding on the far side of the pond and work myself over to it.  Changing flies a couple times while casting to this same area, I manage to land four more little brookies before I head back to the creek.
The rest of the day I spend working downstream catching a fish here and there before working myself back to camp.  I finish the day around 8pm with plenty of fish landed on both the creek and the pond before making back to camp.  The fly of the day turned out to be a big Green Drake which they could not resist.

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

Monday, July 28, 2014

A few hours and four fish on Clear Creek

Decided to head up to Clear Creek for the afternoon to try my luck.  The creek was still running high and a little stained forcing me to fish the near edge and slack water.  I find a spot below Huntsman Gulch and start working my way upstream hitting the near bank.  I takes some effort but I manage to catch four little browns on the green drake before a couple of other anglers jump in on me.
With this stretch getting overrun I decide to pick up and try some other spots upstream.  I fish for another hour or so with no luck before calling it a day and heading back to the car.  Not a great day of fishing but still good to get out and catch some fish.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  Green Drake

Another good day on Halfmoon Creek

Second day of the camping trip up to Halfmoon Creek and today I decide to walk downstream for the first half of the day and spend the back half working my way back up to the campsite.  The hope of the day is to catch a cutthroat, rainbow, brown, and brookie to get the grand slam.



Over the coarse of the day I manage to land a number of brookies. browns, and rainbows but can't seem to find a cutthroat.  That being said, I still had a fantastic day of fishing and did not see another fisherman on the water.  When it is all said and done I have caught a couple dozen fish and finished off the two day trip with an almost perfect fishing day in the books.

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

Back to Halfmoon Creek

One week later and I am back at Halfmoon Creek to do a couple more days of fishing.  Just as before I arrive at the creek early afternoon and set up camp and then get ready to fish.  It's 3pm before I hit the creek and decide to work my way upstream for the afternoon.

I tie on a Green Drake and start casting towards the edges.  Not three casts in and I have my first fish of the day, a nice little brookie.  I continue upstream picking up a fish it seems like in every other hole.  By the end of the day I have caught Rainbow, Brown, and Brookies totaling over a dozen fish and had another great day of fishing.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  Green Drake

Windy day on the water

Once again I have got a little lazy and it's been a couple weeks since this day happened.  This was the second day in a row of fishing Halfmoon Creek and I had the creek almost entirely to myself.  I decided to work upstream for the first half of the day and then finish off the day by working my way downstream.
The day was a little windy making the casting to the edges tough.  That being said I had another great day and caught fish throughout the day.  The two patterns I stuck with all day were a green Amy's Ant and a big Green Drake.

Good day of fishing on one of my favorite creeks!

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

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