Thursday, April 9, 2015

Another day on Clear Creek

Headed back up to Clear Creek for the day before Easter dinner with the family.  I started the day at a spot below Dumont and finished at a spot above Idaho Springs.  The weather was nice but a little breezy and the water was low and clear.  Once again I tie on a extended body bwo for the day.
First stop and I walk to the creek and start fishing my way upstream.  I am getting good action along the edges and the slack water spots to start.  After working my way upstream a ways I have managed to catch seven little browns and have a few more that got off.  After a little break I decide to try a different spot to finish off the day.

Second stop and I have about an hour to kill before I have to head back.  Same as before, the edges are where the action is and I manage to catch three more before calling it a day and heading back to town for dinner.

Great day on the water before a great dinner with family!

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

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Windy day on the water

Started the day getting my fishing license and a little advice of where to go from the guys at Discount Fishing Tackle.  I headed up to Clear Creek and decided to try up high but the traffic was bad so I got off at I-70 and 6th and fished down from there to start the day.  Of coarse the wind was kicking up again which made the day a little more challenging.  I put on a extended body bwo in hopes of catching some fish on dries all day. 

I start at a new spot for me and work myself upstream.  The water is low and clear as I start, so I cast to the edges in the really slow pools.  Second pool I try and I get a 12" brown to take the fly after bouncing it off the rock.  I continue working my way upstream and am getting bites but can't get the hook set and keep pulling it out of the fishes mouth.  After an hour or so I have worked myself quite a ways upstream and now the water has become stained with runoff.  I manage to pull in two more browns before calling it here and driving further upstream to see if the water was clearer.

I try a spot below Dumont and am pleasantly surprised the water is clear.  This section has a few plunge pools and some good slack water on the edges.  After a number of cast with no action through a few holes I decide to head downstream to see if the bite would turn back on.  I find another section just down the road and once again am getting bites but can't set the hook.  A little rain storm rolls in so I decide to head further downstream and find a spot above Idaho Springs.
This was a spot I had never fished before but had wanted to for a while now.  Third pool I try and I get another little brown to hand.  I fish upstream and get a couple more bites but still can't set the hook right.  The rains catch back up to me so I decide to call it a day and head home.

Pretty good day fishing on Clear Creek even with the weather testing me.

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Slow day of fishing on the Big T

After having a good day the day before Mark and I decide to head back up to Rocky Mountain N.P. and try our luck again.  This time we start by fishing a section of North St. Vrain Creek and finish off in the canyon after fishing Moraine Park.  Sadly the wind from yesterday had only got stronger and the wind must have been 25mph with gusts well above that.

We start the day on a beautiful section of water and start working ourselves upstream.  I had fished a tiny part of this before with Derron but have not been back since.  With the winds howling the fishing was tough and neither of us pick up a fish on the North St. Vrain so we decided to move to the park.
This time when we get to Moraine Park we decide to fish the upper meadow and work ourselves downstream.  I walk a ways downstream but can't get any bites until finally a little brown takes the bwo right next to the bank.  Mark meanwhile has picked up five on his nymph rig.  With the winds picking up we decide to try the canyon and head downstream.
We pick a spot a little further downstream than yesterday and find a nice section where it seems the wind has died down considerably.  I am still fishing dries but just can't seem to get a fish to bite so I decide to put the rod away and take out the camera to get some pictures.  Mark meanwhile is pulling in fish on the mighty might nymph he picked up at Kirks Fly Shop.  By the end of the day Mark has caught an additional ten fish while I managed just the one for the day.
Slow start but a great finish and as always just nice to be in the mountains!
Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  Extended Body BWO, Mighty Might, Parachute Adams

Good day on the Big Thompson

Headed up to the Big Thompson River with Mark on a sunny but windy day to try our luck.  We started the day off in the Canyon and finished the day in Moraine Park.  The water was low and clear and thankfully there were not very many anglers. 

We start at a spot we have fished before in the canyon and had good luck.  I tie on a parachute Adams followed by a midge and start working myself upstream.  I can see fish everywhere and some of the feeding on the surface but just can't seem to get them to eat anything.  After trying a handful of different patterns and techniques with no luck I walk back downstream to find Mark. Mark caught a couple but we decide to try the park and see if the fishing will pick up.

As we pull up to Moraine Park we can see a big herd of elk in the upper meadow and hope the wind has died down.  Sadly the wind was as strong as ever but we start working ourselves upstream towards the elk.  I try many patterns and fish a number of spots before I finally get a bite on a extended body bwo.  I fish the next hole and pull out two more before moving upstream to the next hole and pull out another two.  By this time I have walked to the upper meadow and decide to head back downstream to find Mark.  Having a little less luck Mark only gets one out of here.
We decide to finish the day off in the canyon and try a couple spots but don't get anything.  After a long day of fishing we call it and head back to the car with another great day of fishing in hand.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  Extended body BWO

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bear Creek Skunking

Headed up to Bear Creek around 2pm for some afternoon fishing with my brother and a couple friends.  The water was still stained and there were plenty of other anglers.  We work ourselves up to the parking lot but don't get any action or see any fish.  After a few hours we call it day and head back home with our tails between our legs.

Rod:  Wakata 9' 5/5
Line:  10' level line

Good day on the Blue

Had another gorgeous Colorado day and decided to head up to the Blue River hoping it would not be crowded on a weekday.  Sadly the first spot was super crowded so I headed downstream to another section.  This section was a little better but still had three or four others in the area fishing.  I tie on a mysis to a red midge and start fishing my way upstream.
The first part of the day sees no action.  Even though I can see fish, I cannot find a pattern they will take.  I even try a few dries over the coarse of the day after seeing a couple surface takes but can't get those to work either.  I finally get a bite below one of the bridges but it shakes loose after about ten seconds of fighting.  I decide to take a break and drive up to the first section to see if it has cleared out a little.
Much to my surprise the river had cleared out so I picked a section and started working myself upstream.  I have tied back on the mysis and red midge and almost immediately get a bite.  I hook into a 12" rainbow for my first fish of the day.  I continue upstream but don't get any action the rest of the day and decide to call it day after about 6 hours of fishing.

Rod:  Unagi 12' 7/3
Line:  Riggs Nymphing Line 12'
Fly that worked:  Red Midge

Friday the 13th Fishing

Headed up to Bear Creek for the first time in a long time to try my luck on a beautiful day for fishing.  I started just above the parking lot and found the creek to be a little stained from runoff.  I started dry fly fishing but got no action with that method so I changed to a nymph rig and worked my way upstream.  Just before the bridge I finally manage to hook into a little brown trout for my only fish here.  I continue upstream with no luck and decide to pick up and head over to Clear Creek to finish off the day.

I get to a familiar spot and try the nymph rig I still had as the water here was also stained.  I work my way upstream seeing no action at all, so I change back to a dry fly setup and walk back to my starting point to work upstream with the dry fly.  I end up tying on a parachute adams and get another little brown trout to take it for my only fish on Clear Creek.

I call it a day with just the two fish to hand but still a great day of fishing!

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies that worked:  Black Beauty, Parachute Adams

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,