Sunday, July 10, 2016

Great day on Piney River

Headed up to Piney River for the day to try my luck after hearing the fishing was good.  I end up walking down the trail about an hour so I can spend the day fishing my way back upstream to the car.  I start the day at the bottom of the second meadow at a couple of really nice holes and pull out four with one brown at 14".  Over the next six hours I probably land 60 fish, mostly on a caddis.  The trick of the day was skating the fly.  Great weather in a beautiful canyon with great fishing made for a fantastic day.


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

Thursday, July 7, 2016

R.M.N.P.

Mark and I went up to Rocky Mountain N.P. for the day to see if the fishing had turned on yet.  We start the day at the Wild Basin area and fish the North St Vrain.  Mark picks up a couple but I can't get anything.  We decide to try cub creek and start walking back to the car, when we come across a pond.  I cast out into it and get a good size brookie to take the Amy's Ant.  So after a slow start we hoped the change in venue would help with the action.
We get to Cub Creek and the water is at a great level and crystal clear.  Unfortunately the wind is blowing pretty good making good casts a challenge.  Despite this we both have better luck in the action department.  Neither of us our catching very many fish but we are both getting bites at this point.  Mark picks up five more, including a nice size brown, while I pick up eight little brookies.  We call it a day around 6pm and head back to the car with a great day in the books!
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly That Worked:  Amy's Ant

South St Vrain Creek on the 4th

Fourth of July and nothing to do, so I headed up to the Indian Peaks Wilderness to spend the day.  I start the day fishing between Brainard Lake and Long Lake and manage to catch a couple.  Normally I would just walk by Long Lake but today I decided to fish the near side as I walked.  I pick up one pretty quickly and have a really nice size fish go for the Amy's Ant but I pulled it out of it's mouth.  I walk a little more up the shoreline to a spot where I can see some fish feeding.  I tie on a bwo and start twitching it across the surface and pull out six more fish, all in the 8" range.  I walk the trail up a ways before cutting back over to the creek above Long Lake to finish the day.  I get nothing until I get to the very top of the meadow where using the same technique as on the lake I get five more little brookies.  Spent all day in the mountains and caught some fish for a pretty good 4th!



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

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Day 2 on a new creek

So I start day two of fishing on Grape Creek by walking downstream of my campsite a ways so I can fish upstream to it throughout the day.  I start with a Amy's Ant but can't get any action so I switch up to what looks like a black bodied Amy's Ant and first cast in I get a fish.  I get a few fish on dead drifts but the majority come when I twitch the fly and create a little movement.  Over the coarse of the day which ended up being around 7 hours of fishing I managed to land sixty fish.  I did come across three other fisherman whom did not have the same luck as I did, which I feel a little guilty about saying, made me feel pretty good that I had two great days.  Coming back here in the future for sure.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled:  12'
Fly that Worked:  Black Bodied Caddis with rubber legs

Trying a new spot

Decided to try a new spot for a couple of days and see how the fishing was on Grape Creek.  I get to the creek during a thunderstorm so I wait it out in the car before heading out.  I set up camp and get ready to fish for a few hours as it is already 5pm.  After tying on a Amy's Ant I head upstream to test my luck.  The fish were a little finicky but twitching the fly seemed to get them moving.  After about two and half hours I have caught about 25 fish all in the ten inch range and call it a day and head back to camp.  Great start to the trip and a pretty canyon to camp in.


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

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mount Evans Wilderness

Wanted to try a new spot and headed up to Mount Evans on the southwest side.  I had the goal of fishing Scott Gomer Creek as I walked up the trail.  Sadly the creek down low is narrow and the brush was thick so I did not get to fish much of it.  I did manage to find a few spots where it opened up a bit and catch some fish.  I walked about 4 miles and only caught a dozen fish in an area I thought I would have caught three times that number.  Still was a great walk and a beautiful area, with more creek to be explored at a later date.


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

Eleven Mile Canyon

Headed to Eleven Mile Canyon for the day trying to find clear water.  The flows were still around 75cfs with the water clear.  The day was sunny and hot and the canyon was busy.   My normal starting spots were taken so I decided to try a section I have not fished in a long time.  I walk downstream a ways so I can fish back up to the car.  After trying a few few patterns I land on bwo with a little sparkle and caddis with a little sparkle.  These two patterns land all twenty plus fish for the day.  Had such a good day I never had to move spots.


Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  BWO, Caddis(both patterns with a little sparkle)

Idaho Springs Res.

Started the day with the hope of fishing Chicago Creek and Lakes but ended up hanging out at Idaho Springs Res.  The hike to the reservoir is about 2 miles with the lakes another couple miles up.  I get to the reservoir and start fishing and catch a fish almost immediately.  My first fish is a little cutthroat and then nothing but brookies.  I fish the near edge and manage to catch ten fish beforee calling it a day and heading back to the car.  Nice new spot!



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

Back to Eleven Mile Canyon

Had a day to fish with Mark and we decided to head back to Eleven Mile Canyon with the flows still unaffected by runoff.  the flows were at 70cfs and the water was crystal clear with the weather perfect.  We fish a few different spots and both of us catch just under ten fish.  I did manage to catch 3 fish that were 15" or better and put up good fights.  Another great day in the canyon!


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

Halfmoon Creek Day 2

After yesterdays experience with the creek we decided to fish the ponds again and find a few more.  We start at a pond across from our campsite and we both are killing it.  the fish were super spooky but if you could cast without them seeing you, a hit was almost guaranteed.  We finish the day with more fish to hand than the previous day and call it a trip.  Great to be in the mountains with friends.


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

Halfmoon Creek day 1

Headed up to Halfmoon creek with Mark to try our luck on some early summer fishing.  The creek was running high but was clear for the first half of each day.  Despite a good effort we could not catch anything in the creek.  Thankfully the nearby ponds produced brookies for the both of us.  We finish the day with twenty or so fish caught between the two of us.  Good to be out fishing!



Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant, Extended body BWO

Sunday, June 12, 2016

South Boulder Creek

Headed down to South Boulder Creek for the day as one of two spots that have not been affected by the runoff.  It was a beautiful day out and I start out up high on a stretch I like.  I manage to catch a fish on the first cast between two boulders.  For a change of pace, I decided to tie on a red Amy's Ant for the day, which worked out nicely.  In the first hour I catch three but only manage one the rest of the day.  I finish the day taking pictures with my dslr but unfortunately loose my point and shoot somewhere along the way.


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

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Windy day in the Canyon

Headed back to Eleven Mile Canyon with Mark for the day, after we had such a good time last week.  The sun was out but the wind was a constant battle all day.  The flows were still around 65cfs and the water was crystal clear. 

We start the day up at a higher spot that looks to have plenty of good water in a narrower part of the canyon.  As it turns out, the water was to deep to use dry fly's. We spent a hour or so fishing this area before we call it and move down to Mark's favorite spot.
Arriving at Mark's spot I tell him I want to try the lower section this time and he can head up.  Before I can make a cast Mark has already caught a fish.  I end up walking down a little ways so I can fish upstream, but catch all five of my fish within 20 yards of each other.  I did manage to catch a couple of 14" browns that put up a good fight. 
We finish the day at a different spot where once again I don't get anything  and Mark only catches a couple despite all the good looking water.  Mark finishes the day with eight fish while I only manage five, but still had a great day in the canyon.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  Extended Body BWO