Thursday, August 25, 2016

East Inlet Creek

Headed up to fish East Inlet Creek for the day inside R.M.N.P.  The plan was to fish the trees after the first meadow but that got changed when I saw a few people fishing the first meadow.  I was going to walk above them and cut over to the creek but once you walk around the first meadow you don't come back to the creek until the second meadow.  So second meadow fishing it was for the day.  As I walk up to the second meadow I can see the rain clouds rolling in from the west and hope they will pass to the north.  I start fishing and almost instantly get a small brookie as I work upstream.  I continue to fish for a couple hours picking up a little brookie about every other hole before the rains start and I decide to call it a day.  Caught just short of twenty brookies and got to fish one of the prettiest spots in the park.



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

Tough day on the Colorado

Fished the Colorado at a couple different spots today with Mark but had a tough day of it.  The first spot was Byers Canyon where I managed to catch one small one despite my walking a pretty good distance.  Mark landed just under ten in the same time before we pick up and move to inside R.M.N.P. to fish the upper Colorado.  We both figured we would pick up in action on the upper section but sdaly I could only manage to catch 5 more for the day while Mark pulled in well over a dozen fish in the same time.  I guess sometimes it's just not your day.  Still great to get out and do some fishing with a buddy.


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

Friday, August 12, 2016

Clear Creek Again

Headed back up to Clear Creek again for a few hours to see if I could get back to some normal numbers of fish.  I head back up to the sections above Idaho Springs but try two different spots.  Spot number one gives up a fish pretty quickly and then six more before I have worked up to another fisherman.

The next spot also gives up the first fish quickly but thankfully the fishing on the this section is a little better and I manage to pick up sixteen here before it's all said and done.  As a added bonus I did manage to catch a rainbow before the end.  I call it after about 4 hours of fishing and over twenty to hand.
Great day of fishing!

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

Clear Creek for a few hours

Headed up to Clear Creek for a few hours this afternoon to fish the section above Idaho Springs.  I picked this section because of the water clarity and flow and it's usually less busy.  I pick one of my favorite spots and start working my way upstream over the next couple hours.  I manage to pick up ten in the first hour but only manage three in the next hour. 
I pick up and try a spot a little further downstream but sadly only catch one in the next hour and call it a day so I can watch the Broncos first pre-season game.  Still a pretty good day of fishing on Clear Creek.

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

North St Vrain and Glacier Creek

Headed up to Rocky Mountain N.P. for the day with Mark to try our luck on a couple different stretches of water.  We start the day on the North St. Vrain in the wild basin area.  We start at our normal spot but are not having much luck when we discover the three fisherman ahead of us.  We pick up and drive upstream past the bridge and start fishing our way up.  Still tough fishing but at least we are getting some action.  Mark ends up with 8 while I manage 7 before we call it here and drive over to Glacier Creek. 
We get to Glacier Creek and split up, Mark going downstream and me upstream.  I catch a nice brown almost instantly and work my way upstream.  One again I have tons of good water but the fishing is tougher than I would hope.  I fish for a little over an hour and pull in four before heading back to find Mark.   Mark gets another four and we decide to call it as the rain starts to come down. 
Good to get out into the park for the day but wish the fishing would have been a little better. 

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

South Fork White River day 2


Got up to this morning only to find it cloudy and rainy for day 2 on the South Fork.  I was planning on walking upstream a ways for the day but put on the waders to keep dry and decided I did not want to walk along ways in the rain in waders.  New plan was to fish a little section below where I fished the day before and work my way upstream.

It takes a bit before I get a my first fish and the tough fishing continues the rest of the day along with the rain.  I had plenty of great water but the fish just were not feeding on the surface for whatever reason.  It could have been the rain or colder weather or maybe just the wrong pattern.  I end up catching 6 fish consisting of a cutthroat, rainbow, cuttbow, 2 brookies and a white fish over the coarse of eight hours.  One of the tougher days of fishing I have been through lately.

I was going to fish another day but woke up to the same weather the next day and decided to head home.  Great looking water, but a busy area and tough fishing.  Really a pretty canyon to fish though and will have to try this another time.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant
Date Actually fished:  8-

South Fork White River day 1

First day of the camping trip and I get to the river around 5pm.  With it being late in the day I decide to fish just up from the campsite.  I tie on a Amy's Ant on 5x tippet and start fishing my way upstream.  It doesn't take long and I have a nice size rainbow in hand.  I work all the pockets and riffles and runs over the next couple hours and manage to land seven, including a really nice 15" rainbow.  I decide to call it around 7:30pm and head back to camp.  Pretty good start to the trip.





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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Colorado River

Decided to fish some new water to finish off the trip and headed to the upper Colorado River.  I started at the Colorado River Trailhead in R.M.N.P. and fished my way upstream over the next seven hours.  I start the day with an Amy's Ant but quickly switch to something smaller.  I land on a caddis and never take it off.  I cast to every bit of water that might hold a fish and end up catching a fish in three of four holes and multiple fish out of deeper pockets.  By the time I have finished I have caught 100 fish for only the second time in my life.  I walk straight back to the trail which follows the creek and head back to the car.  Much to my surprise I am only fifteen minutes walk on the trail from where I started(took seven hours to fish same stretch).  I get back to the car only to see a couple of elk and deer hanging around to finish off a great day in style.








Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Caddis
Date Fished:  7-29

North Inlet Creek

Wanted to see how the small creeks were fishing in R.M.N.P. so I decided to fish North Inlet Creek.  The plan for the day is to fish above the falls, which is 3.5 miles away.  I start the hike and come across the creek after about fifteen minutes of walking and decide to try it out.  First cast in and I have a little brookie in my hand.  I continue to fish the creek as it follows the trail and pick up six in the forty minutes it takes me to get to the part of the creek that leaves the trail(100 yards).  I continue the walk up to the falls and finally get there after about two hours of hiking.

I tie on a red Amy's Ant and cast into the pool at the very top of the falls where the creek starts to level out.  Boom!  Fish jumping out of the water to take the fly for my first of many.  I work my way upstream over the next few hours picking up fish everywhere.  Some fish I get on the dead drift, but most come off a little twitch or some skating of the fly.  Before I know it, I have caught 80 fish for the day( the last fifteen on a caddis) and it's 6pm and time to head back.

Fantastic day on the water and can only assume the rest of the park is fishing good as well.

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

Fraser River

Headed up to middle park to do some camping and fishing for a few days but decided to stop at the Fraser River in town and do some fishing for the day.  I start at the Safeway and fish my way past the ponds over the coarse of the day.  The start of the day is slow and just can't seem to figure out what they take.  I finally start getting some good action on a extended body pmd and start picking up some fish.  I did have one monster hookup, but it ran me into some branches and broke off.  I finish the day with two dozen caught and head to the campsite.  If only the big one hadn't got away!





Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly That Worked:  Amy's Ant, Extended Body PMD
Date Fished:  7-27