Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Beautiful Day on the Blue

Once again I had a beautiful day to go fishing so I headed back up to the Blue River.  I was hoping that on a Thursday the river would not be crowded but I couldn't have been more wrong.  Because of the glorious weather the river was packed below the dam so I tried a spot through town which thankfully was empty.

I start the day with a mysis to a red midge( size 22 ) after reading some reports on the river.  After about five minutes of fishing I hook into a nice size rainbow on the red midge but after fighting it for a minute or so it snaps off.  Come to find out that the hook on the mysis snapped not the line.  Sadly that was my only red midge so I switched to a mysis to a black beauty with a red back.

I start working my way upstream and manage to catch two good sized rainbows( 16" and 18" ) on the edges in the really slow water, both on the black beauty.  By this point it's been a couple hours and I run into another angler so I decide to hit the fly shop and get a couple red midges before heading back downstream again.

I start a little further downstream than the first time and can see a big rainbow swimming.  I cast over it a few times with no luck. The fish moves and I cast a little closer to a big rock it's near and it finally takes the red midge I tied back on.  After a good fight I finally land another 18" rainbow to finish the day.

Great day on the river for a little solo fishing!  Sadly forgot my cameras and my phone died after 3 pictures.

Rod:  Unagi 7/3
Line:  Nymphing Line 12'
Fly that Worked:  Red Midge, Black Beauty(red back),

Couple new spots

My buddy Mark and I headed down to the Arkansas in hopes of missing the incoming snow storm.  We decided to try a couple of sections in bighorn canyon that we had not tried before.  With the flows up for winter the wading was tricky and crossings had to be done at wide parts.  The day started off sunny but windy and finished cloudy at calm by the end.

Our first stop was a section we had not tried before but looked good from the road.  It had a couple of islands to work around with pretty good structure everywhere.  We both tied on nymphing rigs but I could not seem to get anything while Mark caught a number of fish on the far side of the upper island.  After a couple of hours we pick up try a section with a few more islands further down in the canyon.

On the drive to the new section I find out Mark is catching them on a bwo nymph beadhead which was a pattern I did not have.  Needless to say I had some close patterns that I was sure would work.  They did not.  I tried have a dozen patterns over the next couple of hours working my way around the lower island.  I meet back up with Mark who has of coarse been slaying it and take a break before trying a few last holes.  I tie on a copper john to finish the day and fish a couple of nice big plunge pools.  I end up catching three and hooking another two in the last hour of fishing to top off a another great day of fishing with a buddy.

As we get to the car the snow starts falling and the snow storm just gets worse the closer we get to Denver.  Come to find out that everywhere else in the state had snow for most of the day while we just had wind and clouds until sunset.

Rod:  Unagi 12' 7/3
Line:  Nymphing Line 12'
Fly that Worked:  BWO Nymph beadhead, Copper John,

Clear Creek with my bro

Had another beautiful day out and decided to head up to Clear Creek with my brother.  We fished in the lower canyon at a few different spots trying to stay in the sun.  We both started the day using nymph rigs but we both finished the day throwing dries.  So long story short we had zero luck except for a 3" brown I caught on a bwo dry.  That being said it was nice to get out and do some fishing with my brother as it had been a while.

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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fantastic day on the Blue

Headed up to the Blue River with my buddies Mark, Daniel and his boy Wesley for the day after hearing the fishing was on fire.  We arrived at the river around 11am to a fairly crowded section of the river.  With the weather sunny and warm Mark picked a spot up high while Daniel, Wes and I headed downstream a ways to a more open section of the water.

I tell Daniel I am going to walk downstream a ways and cross to fish the far side.  Right where I decide to cross there is a slack water section on the near side, so I decide to cast.  First cast and I get a 11" brown trout on the mysis I tied on.  We fish for a bit longer with no action before we head upstream to find Mark. 
I jump into a spot a little upstream that looks good before I see Mark and manage to hook into a good size rainbow but as I hand lined it in, it snapped me off when I got to the tippet.  I keep working my way upstream and find a hole with at least three fish in it.  I cast a big mysis over a couple of fish but they won't bite, so I put on a smaller mysis and couple casts in I hook into a big one.  The fish pulls me downstream fifty feet before I can play him out a little and start trying to get him in.  I take my time as I can now see this is a BIG fish and get my net ready as I slowly hand line him closer.  I finally get the net on him but he doesn't fit and keeps flipping out.  A couple pictures and a good release finishes off my biggest fish to date, 20 inches and thick. 
I take a little break and then find a another spot upstream to try.  After a few casts I hook into another Rainbow and work it into the net.  This one was quite a bit smaller but still 15".  Three fish in and I decide to take another break and watch Mark fish for a bit.  It gets to around 3pm and we decide to call it a day and head up to Breckenridge to look at the snow sculptures.

The snow sculptures were cool and a great way to finish off a fantastic day of fishing!

Rod:  Unagi 12' 7/3
Line:  Riggs nymphing line 12'
Fly that Worked:  Mysis Shrimp

Monday, January 26, 2015

Getting Skunked for the Third Time

Had another perfect weather day to go fishing so my buddy Daniel and I headed out to the South Platte river to try our luck.  We decide to try a few new spots just downstream from Deckers but can't seem to get any action.  After switching up flies and spots and still not getting any action we call it day after a few hours.

Once again just nice to be out and in the mountains with a bud.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  None

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Winter Fishing on South Boulder Creek

Once again we got another beautiful day to go fishing, so Mark and I headed up to South Boulder Creek for the day.  The flows were around 100cfs and the parking lot had but a single other car in it.  This had our hopes high that it would be a good fishing day. 

Throughout the day we work ourselves downstream but can't seem to find a pattern the fish will take.  Between the two of us we covered everything nymphs through dries and no takers.  Just like last time we tried a number of spots and with no action called it day after a few hours of fishing.

Still 50 dergrees in January and doing a little fishing in the mountains can't be beat.

Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly That Worked: NONE

Beautiful day on the South Platte

Headed out to the South Platte river on a beautiful day with Mark to try our luck for the first time in weeks.  The flows were low and clear but the river was a little busy for a week day.  Never the less we start at a familiar spot.  Mark works downstream while I work upstream a ways before turning around.  With no fish to be had we pick up and try another spot, hoping the fishing will pick up.  Sadly, after a few hours of fishing at a number of spots we still had not caught anything and decided to call it a day. 

Got skunked, but still a great day in the mountains with a bud!

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  NONE

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

One rainbow on a bwo at south boulder creek

It's the beginning of December and the weather it great for this time of year.  I decide to head up to South Boulder Creek for the day and see if I can't catch a fish for a change.  I start the day on dries but am getting no action so I switch up to a nymph rig and try my luck.  Still getting no action as I work through a number of spots, when I see a fish feed on the surface.  I immediately switch back to dries and start casting.  I get a couple of sniffs but no takers in the the area I saw the fish feeding.  I start working my way downstream when I finally get a fish to bite for my first fish of the day.  I continue to fish through a number of spots downstream but can't get a fish to bite.  As the sun sets over the canyon I decide to call it a day and start the walk back to the car.
Not the best day of fishing I have ever had, but certainly not the worst.  The weather was good and I got to spend the day in the mountains, so all in all I had a pretty good day.

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

Skunked on eleven mile canyon

Headed down to Eleven Mile Canyon with Mark to try our luck in late November.  We had a nice sunny day even though the temperature was a little cold.  We were both hoping it would be a good fishing day with these conditions but sadly that was not the case.

We start the day at our normal spot with Mark nymphing and myself on dries.  He fishes downstream while I head upstream.  I end up changing through a number of flies but just can't find one that will get the fish to move.  After a while I start working my way back towards Mark, just to find out he has had no action either.

We decide to try a couple more spots with no luck before we head outside the canyon to another spot that has been good to us before.  Sadly we did not catch any fish here either and decide to call it a day and head home skunked.

It was still nice to get out for a day of fishing with a buddy.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies that worked:  None

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One fish day on the Arkansas River

My buddy Mark and I decided to head down to the Arkansas River, as we had not fished it in a while.  We were hoping that being down south a little that the fishing would be a little better.  We stop into the local fly shop to get some info and flies before we start.  The advice we got was to try nymphing with any number of different flies and to only try dry flies if we saw fish feeding.
We start the day around Texas Creek and Mark ties on a triple rig of some of the flies he bought.  I on the other hand disregard all the advice and tie on a bwo to start the day.  Unfortunately it did not matter because neither of us had any luck and could not figure out what they would hit.
We try a couple spots down canyon but the fishing remained tough.  Sadly over the coarse of the day Mark only caught a couple and I managed just a single fish for the second straight day of fishing.  Once again despite the tough fishing we had a great day on the water and enjoyed another beautiful day in Colorado.

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

South Platte River and One Fish

Headed out to the South Platte River for the first time in a while hoping to have a good dry fly day.  This may have been wishful thinking since it's November and getting colder by the day.  Never the less I stuck to my guns and used dries all day.

 The weather was just about perfect but that did not seem to help my cause at all.  I tried a number of different patterns but nothing seemed to get the fishes attention.  After a lot of persistence I finally manage to get a rainbow to take my bwo and have my first fish of the day.  I continue to fish at a couple different spots but have no luck and decide to call it a day.
Despite the lack of fish caught I still had a great day in the mountains on one beautiful day.

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

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Moraine Park kind of day

Headed up to Rocky Mountain N.P. today with Mark on a beautiful fall day.  We decided to try Moraine Park and the Big Thompson for the ease of walking the river.  We got up there around noon and I tied on a bwo to start the day while Mark started with a nymph rig.
The day started pretty slow for me, as I just could not figure out what they would bite on.  After a number of fly changes I did finally manage to catch a little brown on a bwo.  The slow fishing continued for me the rest of the day as I only managed to catch two more fish.  Mark on the other hand was getting a ton of action and managed to catch seven or eight fish for the day.

We fish to about 5pm and call it a day with Mark out fishing me(first time in a few outings).  All said and done we had a great day on the water in one of the prettier places to fish.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  BWO, Parachute Adams

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Beautiful day on Clear Creek

Headed back up to Clear Creek on what turned out to be a beautiful fall day.  With the weather in the 70's and a touch of wind I was hoping the dry fly action would still be on.  I start the day tying on a BWO and start casting through the slack water areas but am getting no action.  I finally tie on a black beauty under the bwo and almost immediately get a fish on the black beauty.  I continue working upstream with the dry/dropper set up and manage to catch a couple more on the black beauty and surprisingly I get a nice size brown to take the bwo.  After a couple hours my body is a little sore for the recent surgery I had and I call it a day.  Great to get on the water and catch some fish on a beautiful Colorado fall day!

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies That Worked:  BWO, Black Beauty

Monday, October 27, 2014

Boulder Creek and six fish

Headed up to Boulder Creek for a few hours on my second effort out of the hospital to try my luck on a creek I have not fished very much this year.  I tried a spot down low in the canyon to start but only got one sniff from a fish and no takers so I moved upstream just past Boulder Falls.  This section was a series of plunge pools that went on for a few hundred yards.  I cast through a few pools with no luck before I finally hook into a little brown in a calm pool.  I manage to catch four out of this pool before moving on upstream.  The rest of the day was slow and only managed to catch two more fish before calling it a day and heading back to the car.  Still not a bad day of fishing with six caught in the couple hours of fishing I did!

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