Saturday, May 16, 2015

Back to Eleven Mile Canyon

Headed back to Eleven Mile Canyon for the day with Mark again after looking at what rivers or creeks might be fishable with runoff happening.  The water levels here had been holding steady around 75cfs for the last couple weeks and the water was gin clear and low.  With the warm weather and cloudy conditions I was hoping to have a great day dry fly fishing, but I guess that is always the hope. 
We start the day at a new spot and spend the first few hours here.  With plenty of really good looking water to fish we both have a tough time finding something that the fish will take.  I only manage to catch one on the Amy's Ant before walking upstream to find Mark.  Mark on the other hand has found a nice run into a pool that has multiple fish feeding on the surface.  We both are trying anumber of patterns and have landed on small bwo patterns.  Mark picks up his first three fish of the day here while I pick up two more.  We spend a good hour here watching fish continually feeding on the surface but not taking anything we throw before picking up and driving downstream to a new spot.
We finish the day at the spot we normally start at hoping our luck would change for the better.  After a lot of work and switching back to the Amy's Ant I manage to land another fish in a small eddy between some rocks.  I take a little break and watch Mark fish for a little bit before I head upstream to finish the day.  I finish at a pool below some riffles where I can see three fish feeding.  After some trial and error I tie on a small bwo pattern and first cast in I land a ice Rainbow to finish the day.
Another great day on the water with Mark who somehow managed to catch one more fish than I did again.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies That Worked:  Small BWO, Amy's Ant, Extended Body BWO

Slow start to a good finish

Headed back to South Boulder Creek for the day after checking the water flows of a number of creeks.  With water flows up everywhere else, they were dropped to 10cfs from 100cfs the last time I was here.  That being said I thought the water would be crystal clear and primed for dry flies.  Much to my surprise the water was as muddy as I have seen for 10cfs.
I start the day by trying a few spots up high before walking down to the picnic tables and fishing my way back up.  After about an hour up high with no luck I decide to make the walk downstream and tie on an extended body bwo.  That move and fly change did the trick, because over the next couple of hours I land a dozen fish as I work myself upstream. 
After taking a break and letting a rain storm pass by, I keep moving upstream and manage to catch another six before calling it a day with 18 landed and at least another 9 hooked but not landed.  Overall one of my best fishing days on South Boulder Creek despite the dirty water and slow start.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly That Worked:  Extended Body BWO

Friday, May 8, 2015

Fishing South Boulder Creek

Headed up to South Boulder Creek below Gross Reservoir for the day knowing it would be one a few spots that would not be affected by runoff.  The water was low and clear running around 100cfs and other than a slight mist in the morning the weather held out and just had a cloudy day.  I start the day with a dry dropper setup but quickly switch to a single dry fly after no luck early.
Trying a couple spots up high I don't get anything so I decide to walk down to the picnic tables and fish my way back up.  I tie on an extended body bwo and get a bite on a far side slack water spot.  As I move upstream I get a few more, but only in water with no or very little current.
I finish off the day at a spot up high where I can see a number of fish feeding on the far side between a couple of boulders.  As soon as I get into my spot to cast I can see a big bwo hatch going off and at least six different fish feeding on the surface.  After switching up patterns a few times I finally land on a Parachute Adams with a yellow but.  With a little persistence and some trial and error on twitching the fly I manage to finish the day off with another five from this spot.

Great day on the water and I only saw one other angler all day!

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies that Worked:  Extended Body BWO, Parachute Adams

Monday, May 4, 2015

Eleven Mile Canyon

With runoff starting Mark and I decided to try our luck in Eleven Mile Canyon.  We figured the water would be clear coming out of the dam and the weather was supposed to be good down south.  We get to the creek and the water is low and clear and the sun is out.  We start at our normal spot and move to a few different spots throughout the day on what turned out to be the least crowded day I have spent there.
I have an Amy's Ant on to start the day and get a fish in out of the first spot I try.  I continue upstream a ways and manage to catch one more before heading downstream to find Mark.  On my way I manage to catch a couple more on the black beauty of my hopper/dropper setup.  I find Mark and we take a little break before we start up again and I manage to catch one more before we pick up and move to a new spot.
Over the back half of the day we move to three different spots and we each manage to catch a few before we call it a day around 6pm and head home.  Mark finished with 7 to hand and at least that many on that got off, while I finished with six to hand and probably at least that that were on and got off.
Still had a great day on the river with a buddy!
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies that Work:  Amy's Ant, Black Beauty

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Couple hours before work

Headed back up to Clear Creek for a couple of hours of fishing before work tonight.  Sadly when I got to the creek I found it stained from runoff.  Despite the off color I still managed to catch six on the Amy's Ant before calling it a day and packing up.  Still had a good couple of hours on the water despite the fact that runoff has hit the creek.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Amy's Ant

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Back to Clear Creek

Headed up to Clear Creek again on what turned out to be a beautiful day even with the wind kicking up.  I fished above Idaho Springs to avoid most of the runoff color.  Once again I tie on a Amy's Ant and walk downstream a ways so I can fish back upstream. 

I start throwing to the far side slack water and before you know it I am into fish.  Over the next couple of hours I manage to catch ten fish before taking a break about half up the stretch I fish.  After the break I continue to work upstream and catch another ten in the next couple of hours including a rainbow. 
With twenty fish to hand I decide to call it a day and head back home with a smile on my face.

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


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Arkansas River Caddis Hatch

Headed down to the Arkansas River for the day with Mark and Derron after hearing the caddis hatch was going off.  We start the day off at a new spot for all of us as the river was super busy.  I head upstream while Mark and Derron head downstream.  I manage to land six nice sized browns on the Amy's Ant before heading back downstream to find the guys.  Mark manages one while Derron gets shut out at this spot so we decide to move up to Texas Creek.

We get to the Texas Creek area and there are a few fisherman already here.  Never the less we try this area out but no one has much luck.  I manage two, Mark gets one, and Derron is shut out again.  We decide to move on and fish one last spot that we have never fished before.
We get to the last spot and split ourselves up and start fishing.  The caddis hatch is in full swing by this time and we are all getting into fish.  Derron catches a half dozen while Mark manages to catch seven more and after switching up to a caddis pattern I manage to catch 14 more on the far side of the river.
Great day on the water with my brother and a buddy!
Rod:  Unagi 12' 7/3
Line:  Rigggs Nymphing Line 12'
Flies that worked:  Amy's Ant, Elk Hair Caddis

Fishing with a buddy

Headed up to Clear Creek with Mark for the day after telling him I had been having great days of fishing the creek.  We start at a spot up high that I have been fishing and having good luck.  Mark takes the near side and I take the far side.  Right off the bat I am into fish while Mark takes a few spots but then gets into a couple.  By the time we finish at the first spot the wind has kicked up considerably so we head down into the canyon hoping the wind isn't so bad.
Second spot we try is tunnel six and thankfully the wind is not as bad here.  Once again Mark fishes the near side while I fish the far side.  I catch a fish at the first few spots I try and continue to have good luck as I work upstream.  By the time I catch back up to Mark I have caught a dozen fish while mark has caught half that.  We stop around 3pm so Mark can get to work that night but have had a great day on the water, Mark catching eight and I finished with over twenty.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly That Worked:  Amy's Ant