Saturday, September 24, 2016

Clear Creek once more

Headed up to Clear Creek for a few hours on Friday but sadly ran into a very busy creek.  First spot I try is not giving up anything and then after about fifteen minutes, someone high holes me.  I pick up and head to a new spot hoping for better luck.  I pick up a fish here and there but the hook up rate is less than I would like.  I end up getting a lot of takes but not a lot of hook ups and finish the day with just ten fish caught.  Still nice to get out and do some fishing.


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

The Walk out of the Winds

So I don't know if this is really a fishing day but here it is anyway.  I have a two hour walk back to the car and decide to take a break half way.  After taking some photos and getting some water I can see fish feeding in front of me.  I get the rod and cast out in front of me.  Bam!  Fish On!  I proceed to catch five in the next twenty minutes before I pack up and continue the walk out.  Great finish to a great trip!



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

Day 3 in the Winds

Had the choice of hiking up to some high lakes or fish the river again today.  I decided to fish the river again and see what happens.  I walk down to the top of the third lake and start fishing my way back up to camp.  My first fish is a nice 12" Brown to start the day off right.  Just like the day before the action is pretty consistent but just slightly slower.  By the time I finish 75 fish have been caught including one more cutty.  Third great day of fishing and I still have not seen another person!


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

Day 2 of fishing in the Winds

Second day of fishing comes after a super windy day before that I did not fish.  I decide to fish the same section of river I fished before, only this time I was fishing as the main activity.  I start the day catching fish in the first spot I try.  Sometimes that is a bad omen, but today the action did not slow down at all.  I work my way upstream catching browns and brookies when I finally hook into a cutthroat.  Only one of the day, but pretty jazzed to catch it.  By the time I get to the top lake I have caught 116 fish for the day and set a new record for myself!  One of the best days of my life! 


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

Cache la Poudre

This day happened before the trip to Wyoming!    Mark and I headed up the Cache La Poudre River to try our luck.  We started at an old favorite and killed it right off the bat.  Mark caught a fish before I could get mine out.  I caught a fish on my second cast, third cast and sixth cast.  First area I catch 13 and Mark around ten.  We move on to another spot and the fishing slows down a little but still gives up fish to both of us.  Third spot turns back on and we are both killing it again.  I finish the day with 36 and mark catches another 26 all on Amy's Ant.  Pretty good to catch over sixty fish on dries between the two of us.  Another great day on the water with a buddy!



Rod:  Iwana 12'
Line:  Level Line 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

First day in the Wind River Range

Headed up to Wyoming to do some camping in the Wind River Range for 6 days and do a little fishing.  My first day of fishing consisted of me walking downstream past the third lake and fishing my way back up in between taking photos.  Because of the beauty of this place I end up spending most of the day taking photos and fishing takes a back seat.  That being said, I caught 38 fish over the coarse of the day on a green Amy's Ant.  Couldn't have had a better day!


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

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Few hours of fishing before the Broncos game

Headed back to Clear Creek for a few ours of fishing in the lower canyon before the first Broncos game of the season.  I try Huntsman gulch and start at the bottom of the island.  I manage to catch three buy the time I get to the top of the island, but then the fishing slows down.  I work upstream to the top of this section and catch five more before calling it a day and heading back to the car.

Broncos Win!!!!!

Rod:  Yamme 11'
Line:  Level Line 10'
Fly that worked:  Amy's Ant

Clear Creek on a windy day

Headed up to one of my favorite spots on Clear Creek with Mark to see if we could finally have really good fishing day.  We start off with Mark in front and he gets a couple nibbles right away but no takers.  I try a piece of pocket water and get a little brown to start the day off.  As we work our way upstream, Mark takes the near side and I take the far side.  I am catching fish at a pretty good rate until my rod tip snaps and I have to head back to the car to get my other rod.  I get back to the stream and Mark has started catching fish all over.  We work ourselves to the top of the area with close to thirty fish between the two of us before picking up and heading to the next stop.

Stop number two was a stretch that didn't have anyone on it when we started but got high holed as we fished.  Despite that we both caught some fish before running out of water.  We pick up one last time and try a section of water I have never fished before.  This section has easy access and may have been fished already, but we still catch a couple fish each to finish the day off right.
Finally got a good day of fishing(even with the broken rod) with fifty plus fish between us, on what turned out to be a very windy day.
Rod:  Iwana 12' and Yamme 11'
Line:  Furled 12' and level 10'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

Halfmoon Creek day 2

After camping the night before I decide to fish Halfmoon Creek up from my campsite again.  Before I start the day I see three guys fishing the stretch of water just above me.  I give them a little time and I see them start heading downstream before I start my day. 

I don't get any action for the first half hour of the day as I fish over where the other guys were.  Once I clear the area that they fished I start picking up fish on a regular basis.  Over the coarse of six hours I make my way further upstream than I have ever fished and catch over fifty fish.  I finish around 6pm and start my walk back to camp as a thunderstorm rolls over and it starts to rain.  Decision made.  I'm heading home instead of camping one more night.
Good day of fishing and got to see some new water.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  Amy's Ant

The Arkansas and Halfmoon

Headed to the Arkansas river with Mark to see if we could catch some bigger fish.  We tried a few different spots from just below twin lakes up to Kobi without much luck and no fish of any real size.  We decide to head over to Halfmoon Creek to finish off the day and hopefully pick up some numbers as the first half of the day was slow.
We start fishing from my campsite and work our way upstream over the next few hours.  Mark and I switch lead each time we catch a fish and  by the time we finish we have caught close to thirty fish.  I did manage to catch brook, brown and rainbow but could not find a cutty to get the slam. 

Pretty good day of fishing in the mountains with a buddy.

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