Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Good day on Clear Creek

Headed up to Clear Creek for the afternoon hoping the flows were down to a reasonable level.  The creek was running high but there was pretty good clarity on the edges.  I start at an old favorite low in the canyon and work my way up the canyon finishing at tunnel 3.
The first spot has plenty of fish checking out my fly but they just won't take it.  I finally put on a beetle and get a couple fish to take it, but sadly a number of fish were still refusing it.  I switch to a red Amy's Ant and get a couple more to hand before one snaps me off and take my only red ant.
I move upstream to a new spot above huntsmans gulch hoping to find a section of river that gets less pressured.  I choose a spot that has a pretty steep climb down to the creek but looks like some good edge fishing.  I run through a number of flies with no luck before I finally get one to hit a green Amy's Ant before picking up and moving on.

Last stop is at tunnel 3 and surprisingly I was the only car there.  I walk downstream a little so I can fish my way back up.  I run through a number of patterns again with no luck before I decide to tie on a bumble bee pattern.  I have tried this pattern a couple of times before but have yet to catch a fish on one.  Cross that off, had not caught a fish, until the six I caught working my way back to the car.  I call it a day with a dozen or so fish caught and head home.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies That Worked:  Amy's Ant, Beetle, Bumble Bee

A day in Poudre Canyon

Headed up the Poudre Canyon with Mark for the day.  We had hoped to get up to Joe Wright Res. early but traffic held us up and it was 11am before we got to the water.  We fish a spot a little farther up from the inlet than last time and I manage to catch a 12" Grayling on an Amy's Ant after about 10 minutes.  We continue to fish with no luck, when we decide to try fishing the inlet.  We get to the inlet and it's packed with people so we walk to the far side of the lake and find a spot to ourselves.  After fishing for a while with no action we call it a day for the reservoir and head down canyon.

We stop at a pullout and fish a portion of Joe Wright Creek that was new to us.  Still throwing an Amy's Ant I manage to catch a couple brookies, rainbows and cutthroats before we call it at this stop and head downstream.
Our next few stops are all on the Cache La Poudre river itself.  We try a couple new spots high up before we finish at Mark's favorite spot.  I manage to catch a few fish at the first couple spots including a brown for the slam before we finish up at the normal spot.  We fish through the first couple islands and both of us are finally catching fish.  I finish with another 8 fish caught while Mark pulls in half a dozen.  On a side note I switched from a green to a red Amy's Ant at the last stop.
Great day of fishing Poudre Canyon with a buddy!
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

day 2 goose creek

I start day 2 on Goose Creek where I left off the day before.  Once again the fishing is on and I am catching fish everywhere.  I have a beautiful day to fish and work myself as far upstream as I can.  By the time I finish for the day I have once again caught to many fish to count.  I decide to pack up and head home with two great days of fishing in the book.
Rod:  Wakata 9' 5/5
Line:  Furled 10'
Fly That Worked:  Amy's Ant

day 1 goose creek

Decided to do a little camping and fish Goose Creek for a couple days.  This was the first time out to Goose Creek for the year and when I get to the creek I find it running high but clear.  After setting up camp I head to the creek and start working my way upstream.  As I hoped I am catching a fish in almost every hole I try.  I am having such good luck that I don't even make it up to the pond by the end of the day.  I finish with too many to count caught and head back to camp.

Rod:  Wakata 9' 5/5
Line:  Furled 10'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

Caught the Slam on a new Creek

Wanted to try anew creek out so I headed up to West Fork of Clear Creek above Empire.  I have driven by this creek a number of times and always wanted to try it so today was the day.  I end up picking a spot above empire at a pullout to start the day and work myself upstream from there.  The day is kind of rainy but I am having pretty good luck with the Amy's Ant.  I end up catching a Brook, Rainbow, and Cutthroat over the coarse of the day but can't get a brown.  So to complete my slam for the day I decide to fish a section of Clear Creek to finish off the day.  After I catch A brown for the slam I call it a day and head home.






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

Second try on West Fork

Headed back up to West Fork for the day hoping the nicer weather would make for an easier day of fishing than the last time.  As before I start above Empire and work my way upstream fishing different pullouts.  Just as before I catch fish at the first stop and end up having a pretty good day.  By the time I finish I have caught a number of Rainbows and  Brookies and a couple of Cutthroats but could not get a brown.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

Halfmoon Creek

Decided to hit Halfmoon Creek for a half day on my way back from the mountains with Daniel.  I wanted to show him this creek and I knew I could get him on a fish.  We try out the ponds first so Daniel can get on a fish.  I takes us a few attempts and moving through to the second pond to get Daniel on a fish but he finally gets one.  We work ourselves around the three ponds catching a couple fish each before calling it and heading home.

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

Cub Creek to the Big Thompson River

Started the day on Cub Creek at my usual spot and worked my way upstream over the coarse of the day.  As always throwing the Amy's Ant to every slack water section in the creek and getting a bunch of action and a number of fish.  I end up fishing until around five when a thunderstorm rolled through and I decided to get some dinner before driving home.
After dinner I decide to drive down the Big Thompson Canyon and see if any good fishing spots were open.  I stop at a spot I have fished a couple times before with good results.  I walk downstream a ways and fish my way upstream twice over the same section of river catching seven fish before calling it a day.
Great day of fishing and ended up with 19 fish in the books.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

Taylor River

Spent the day on the Taylor River on my way up to a campsite above Taylor Reservoir.  Ended up fishing a number of pullouts and having on and off success.  By the end of the day I probably caught a dozen fish on the Amy's Ant.  The river was busy and I fished midday but still had a lot of action and will be fishing this river again.

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

Fishing near Gunnison

My buddy Daniel and I headed down to Blue Mesa Reservoir to do a little camping and ended up on the very north west corner of the lake.  We decided to walk to the inlet and see if the fishing was any better.  As soon as the lake turned into creek I started catching fish.  As I made my way upstream I was catching a fish in almost every hole and much to my surprise some hogs.  Seemed like every deep hole had a 15"+ fish in it, as I caught five over 15" in the small stretch of creek I fished.  All said and done had a great time fishing Soap Creek.

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

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