Sunday, June 28, 2015

Great day with a couple of buddies

Decided to head up the Poudre Canyon with my buddies Daniel and Mark.  After hearing about some other people catching some Grayling's at Joe Wright Reservoir we make that our first destination.  None of us had ever caught Grayling, so we were all pretty excited.  My buddy Mark ties on a Amy's Ant to a Copper John and first cast out gets a double with Graylings.  He ends up catching six grayling while Dan and I have a tougher time of it.  I end up catching one Grayling and having half a dozen nose the fly but not take it.  Still great to catch my first Grayling!  Much to my surprise, the only other fish I caught at the lake was a Tiger Trout.  I did not even know the lake had them in it, so I was super stoked to catch my first one.  Dan gets a few strikes and has one snap him off but doesn't manage to get one to hand.
We decide to pick up and try the Poudre River after seeing the inlet to the lake have about seven people fishing it.  We fish up high in the wild trout waters just below the hatchery.  Once again Mark is into fish while Daniel and myself get skunked.  I had a couple flash at my f;y but no takers.  After an hour or so we decide to try a spot we know to get Daniel on a fish. 
We get to the last spot and Daniel has decided he is done for the day.  This was sad because we stopped at this spot because we know he would catch a fish here.  I catch a rainbow here before calling it and watching Mark finish off the day killing it at his favorite spot.  By the time it is all said and done Mark catches 16 fish while I get 3 and Dan none.
Great day of fishing with a couple of buddies and crossed two off the list!

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

Three Creek Day

Decided to head back up to Rocky Mountain National Park for the day, after stopping in at Kirk's Fly Shop and picking up some Winged Ant's.  I started the day at Cub Creek and worked my way upstream for a few hours.  After tying on one of the new flies I end up catching fifteen fish on Cub Creek before heading back to the car to try another creek.

Second on the list was Glacier Creek below Sprague Lake.  I drive to the top parking lot and walk down to the bottom parking lot and fish my way back up.  Sadly I get to this area just after a group of three fished it.  I try to take my time to let the water rest but end up only spending a little over an hour here and catching five fish.  I decide to take a dinner break and then finish the day on the Big Thompson River.

I stop at one of the spots I know and thankfully no one is there.  It's about 7:15pm by this time and I can see fish feeding on the surface all along the far bank.  My first cast is behind a small boulder on the near side, which gets a trout to come up, but sadly turn away at the last second.  I start casting to the far side where I have seen fish feeding.  Shortly after I am into fish.  I end up catching seven but have at least that many strikes that don't land a fish.  I work a twenty yard section twice and call it a day around 8pm.

Great day of fishing three different creeks and catching fish on all of them with a single Winged Ant.

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

Saturday, June 20, 2015

A good day in Rocky Mountain N.P.

Had a beautiful day to fish so I decided to head up to Rocky Mountain N.P. for the day.  The plan was to fish Roaring River all day and maybe finish at Moraine Park, but that changed when I hiked up to Roaring River only to find it blown out and almost totally white water.  I hiked back down and tried a spot on Fall River but did not have any luck in the high water.  My next move was over to Moraine Park with the hope that Cub Creek was fishable.
I get to Moraine Park only to find the water running high here as well.  Luckily I had a few feet of visibility in the water and tied on black beetle.  Within a half hour I had three to hand and another couple that got off.  The rest of the day I worked myself upstream switching between the Beetle, Amy's Ant and Green Drake landing a dozen or so fish in the process. 
I finish the day around 5pm and head back to the car with another great day in the books.

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

Monday, June 8, 2015

Rocky Mountain N.P. day 2

Mark and I decided to head back to East Inlet Creek for the day but this time we would go up higher and try out the second meadow.  The weather was perfect and the hike was fairly easy for a three mile hike.  I tied on an Amy's Ant to start the day hoping the trout would be hungry. 
I start at the bottom of the meadow and first cast out I get a bite while twitching the fly back to the bank.  I work myself upstream and manage to hook into another little brookie before walking upstream a ways.  Mark and I come across a section of river with a couple of horseshoe bends to finish off the day.  Thankfully we both caught fish at the last spot to end the day with three fish each. 

We call it a day as the clouds move in and head back to the car with a beautiful day in the books and a good day of fishing complete.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  Any's Ant

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Rocky Mountain N.P. day 1

Got an early start to the day for me, getting on the creek by about 9:30am.  I was hoping that Cub Creek would still be low and clear despite every other river jumping up 3 to 5 times the water flow over the past week.  Sadly this was not the case and Cub Creek was probably a foot and a half higher than last week.  My second hope was that getting out early I would miss the rain.  Sadly this did not happen either and it rained for about a half hour starting around 10:30am.
Even with the water levels higher and stained I still tried to dry fly for the most part.  After catching a little brookie on a beetle pattern I wasn't getting much in the way of action so I tied on hopper to a pink san juan worm.  First cast with the new rig and I get a little brownie.  I continue to fish until about noon catching five and hooking into another five before picking up and driving to the west side of the park to meet a friend.
After meeting up with Mark we decide to try the first meadow at East Inlet Creek.  We get to the creek and it is coming out of its banks but the water is still surprisingly clear.  We try a number of dries along with nymphing but don't get anything.  After an hour or so we call it a day and head back to our campsite.
Tough day of fishing but still great to be in Rocky Mountain N.P.!
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies That Worked:  Beetle, Pink San Juan Worm

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Day In The Park

Had a beautiful day out and decided to head up to Rocky Mountain National Park for the day.  Started the day fishing the Big Thompson in Moraine Park but wasn't having any luck so I walked over to Cub Creek to see if my luck would change.  Tried a couple of different patterns with no luck when I met a guy who has been fishing this creek forever.  We started talking and he said I should try this black beetle pattern that he ties.  He ends up giving me a fly and leaves me to my fishing.

So the start of my fishing day begins as the first two spots I try with the new fly produces two little brook trout.  I spend the rest of the day walking upstream and catching close to twenty fish, all on some sort of beetle pattern.  I had to switch flies a few times as two got destroyed by the fish and another snapped me off.  By the end of the day I was fishing a green drake and managed to catch a few on it.
The day could not have been more scenic and relaxing as I did not see another fisherman all day after meeting the guy early and got to fish amongst a herd of elk all day.  Just another great day of fishing!

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line: Furled 12'
Flies That Worked:  Black Beetle, Red Humpy, Orange/Black Beetle, Green Drake

Friday, May 29, 2015

Day 2 Halfmoon Creek

For day 2 I decide to head to the ponds first and get a few fish under my belt before trying the creek again.  Just as before I hook into a brookie on the first cast.  This time it took a little twitching to get the strike but the fish killed it when it went for it.  I work myself aound the ponds and manage to catch five before heading to the creek.
I decide to fish the meadow section below the ponds and start casting to the edges and slack water spots.  Once again I am getting no action at all until I finally hit a spot where I get a couple of fish to flash for the fly but don't take it.  I keep working downstream and finally get a fish to take my fly.  I fish the creek for a little while more with no action to speak of before calling it a day as the winds had picked up and the clouds moved in.
I pack up camp just before the rains hit and head back home after a couple of pretty good days below Mount Elbert and Massive.
Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Extended Body BWO

Day 1 Halfmoon Creek

Decided to head up to Halfmoon Creek for a couple days after looking at the flows and weather.  I get to the creek around 2pm after the drive and setting up camp.  I decide to work downstream towards the meadow and stay fairly close to camp as the weather looks like it might get nasty. 
I casts through a number of holes and get no action at all.  Even more disappointing is the fact that I did not see a fish or spook a fish out of any of the spots.  I keep working downstream until I get to the ponds and decide to give them a try.
Best decision I made all trip.  First cast in and I get a little brookie to take the Extended Body BWO.  I work myself around the ponds a couple of times and before I know it I have landed about twenty brook trout.  This has taken about 4 hours and the clouds have grown darker during this time so I call it a day around 7pm and head back to camp.
Not the day I had hoped for but nice to catch a bunch of brookies for my first day back to this creek this year.
Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly That Worked:  Extended Body BWO

Half Day on Clear Creek

Headed up above Idaho Springs to fish Clear Creek for the day in the hopes that the higher flows wouldn't effect the fishing to bad.  The water was a little higher and a little stained but not to bad.  I tie on an Extended Body BWO and start working my way upstream.
I cast through a couple spots I normally catch fish at and get no action at all.  I change up flies to an Amy's Ant but still can't get any action so I switch back.  I keep working my way upstream fishing the edges and manage to catch three little browns before heading back to the car.
I drive downstream a little bit and try another section of water I have had good luck at before.  Sadly the same as before the fishing was slow and I only managed to catch one here.  I decide to call it a day after a few hours of tough fishing and head back home.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly That Worked:  Extended Body BWO 

South Boulder Creek

Headed out to South Boulder Creek again since it is the closest stream not blown out by runoff.  The flows had been steady for about a week at around 125cfs and the weather was an overcast day on the verge of raining.  I start the day at a spot just below the bridge and then walk downstream past the picnic tables before working my way back up.

I begin the day by tying on a extended body bwo and cast to a small pool behind a boulder.  It doesn't take more than two casts before I have hooked my first fish of the day.  I throw back in to the same pool and get another before trying the seam.  Surprisingly I hook another in the seam to make three fish for the fist area I try.

I decide to walk downstream a ways and then fish my way back up.  Fishing every spot I think might hold a fish I manage to catch ten more over the coarse of the day.  Most on the extended body bwo but a couple on an Amy's Ant when they just wouldn't take the bwo.

I call it day around 4pm just before the heavy rain came in and head back to the car with a good fishing day in the books.

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

Monday, May 25, 2015

Boulder Creek with a new friend

Headed out to Boulder Creek to meet a new friend who was buying some prints from me.  We met in town and then headed up canyon to try our luck.  We stop at a spot I have tried before and I can't even get my rod set up before Max has caught a couple fish nymphing.  I tie on an Amy's Ant and cast over to a small section of slack water.  First two casts I get bites but pull the fly loose both times.  We end up moving upstream to a couple more spots after Max catches another.
The second spot does not give up any fish to either of us and we quickly move again.  Third spot ends up being just like the first, with Max catching fish and me getting fish to bite but can't set the hook.  We fish this spot for a little bit before picking up and heading downstream to find a spot Max likes.  Unfortunately his spot was taken and we decide to call it a day.
Great to meet Max and still had a good day on the water without catching anything.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  Amy's Ant