Thursday, October 9, 2014

New section on the South Platte River

Mark and I decide to hit the South Platte River between Deckers and the North Fork of the South Platte.  While Mark has fished this section before It was a first for me.  As we drive around the Deckers area all we see is a ton of other fisherman, so we decide to drive up to the North Fork.
After stopping at the fly shop in Deckers and picking up some flies for the day, we  find some spots on the north fork and start the day.  I tie on a Pat's Rubber leg(tan/black) down to a Two Bit Hooker and start working my way upstream.  I get a quick hit by a boulder but the fish shakes loose almost instantly.  I work my way up to a nice slack water pool below some riffles and cast through.  Not three casts later I have hooked into a nice brown trout to start my day off.  I continue fishing the same pool and manage to land another brown before heading upstream.  After no luck upstream I decide to head back downstream and see how Mark has been doing.
We both take a little break and then switch areas to fish, Mark fishing where I did and I fishing where he did.  I find another nice pool below some riffles and try my luck.  I land two more really good size fish here before moving upstream and catching a couple more on the pats rubber legs.
We try another spot but neither of us have any luck and we call it a day.  Another great day of fishing with my buddy!  This day took place on May 9th and I forgot to post it, oops.

Rod:  Iwana 12 6/4
Line:  Riggs Floating Line 12'
Fly that worked:  Pat's Rubber Legs

My 300th Day Of Fishing

Headed up to Clear Creek for a couple of hours to get in a little fishing while I am still recovering from being sick.  The water was clear and the weather was good but had to fish a lower section of the creek to start the day because my normal spot was taken.  I tried a few different flies without much luck before I tied on the smallest Amy's Ant I had.  Next thing I know the fish are biting and I am landing some browns.  After a couple hours I manage to land six fish before I get tired and call it a day.  Still had a pretty good day for my 300th day of fishing!


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

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Couple hours on Clear Creek

First effort at fishing since getting out of the hospital I decided to head up to Clear Creek at a spot I know well.  I picked this spot so I would not have to put on waders and could just walk the bank.  The day was sunny but pretty windy making every cast a challenge.  I start the day tying on a Parachute adams but after a few refusals I switch up to a BWO and catch a nice 12" brown to start the day off.  After making one pass through this section I decide to walk back downstream and make another pass but tie on a winged ant this time.  Second pass through I manage to catch four more little browns before fishing becomes a little to much for me and I call it a day.  Great to get out and fish even if though took it's toll on me.  Can't wait till the surgery and I get back to normal and full days of fishing!
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Winged Ant

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cache La poudre River with sum friends

Headed up to the Cache La Poudre River today with Mark, Paul and Derron to try our luck on dries.  We start at a spot we are all familiar with and Derron and I head downstream while Mark and Paul head upstream.  Derron and I work ourselves around a couple Islands catching a couple fish each before we start fishing back upstream.  I decide to tie on a big Green Drake after not having much luck with the Amy's Ant.  First four casts and I have landed two fish and feeling pretty good about my change.  I continue working the water between the islands and manage to catch another four fish by the time I get to the top.  I take a little break and then try to find Mark and Paul, who have also been having a slow day with just a couple fish each.
We decide to drive downstream a ways and try a new spot, hoping to have a little better luck.  Unfortunately I was the only one catching any fish with consistency but at least someone was.  We fish this area for a while when I see the other guys have called it a day and are ready to go.  As for me I had a good day catching 16 fish( more than the others combined) and start working my way back to the car.

Great day of fishing with my buddies and brother and finished the day stopping off at the Pickle Barrel for an old Fort Collins tradition.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Green Drake

Five Hours and Forty Fish

Today was a day of two spots on Clear Creek.  The first was by Empire where I have fished a number of times before.  I tie on a parachute adams and walk downstream to my starting point with low clear water.  My first two spots give up nothing much to my surprise so I start working my way upstream.  Three's a charm and I get my first little brown trout of the day.  With the ice broke I start landing fish on a pretty regular basis and before I know it I have caught twenty fish by the time I reach the top of this area.  I decide to take a little break and drive downstream a ways to a new spot.


The new spot consists of a bunch of plunge pools on a fairly straight section of the creek.  Using the same fly I start casting through all the fishy spots.  Just as before it takes a couple holes before I land a fish, but then it was on.  Working my way upstream over the next couple hours I land another twenty browns before calling it a day. 

Another great day of fishing using a single dry fly and not another angler in sight!

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Parachute Adams

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pretty good three hours of fishing

Headed up to Clear Creek for a few hours of late afternoon fishing.  I try a couple spots that I know down low in the canyon that I have had success at before.  The first spot only gives up a couple before I head to the next.  I get to the next area and start working the edges as I normally do and start catching fish almost immediately.  Over the next couple hours I manage to catch a dozen fish or so on a parachute adams.  With the sun going down I 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:  Parachute Adams

Ten Mile Creek to Clear Creek

Headed back home from the mountains today and decided to fish Ten Mile Creek to start the day off.  I try a new spot and start working my way upstream through some very fishy looking spots.  Much to my amazement I get no action or fish over the next hour so I decide to head back to the car and try a different spot.  I drive a little further downstream and find a nice section to fish.  After plenty of effort and walking I finally get a couple fish in but decide to call it a day on Ten Mile Creek and get some lunch.
After lunch I head home but decide to stop and fish Clear Creek above Idaho Springs to finish the day off.  I try a new spot that has a series of plunge pools and work my way upstream.  Using an olive para-hopper I end up catching over a dozen fish before calling it quits and heading home.  Another great day in the mountains!

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Olive Para-Hopper

Long day on Halfmoon Creek

Today was a long day of walking upstream farther than I have ever walked before.  I ended up walking well past the campgrounds before turning around after what turned out to be a great day of fishing.  The best part of the day was that I did not have to switch flies once, using a purple parachute adams.  By the end of the day I had caught rainbow, brown and brookies in numbers but still no luck with a cutthroat.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly That Worked:  Purple Parachute Adams

Friday, September 19, 2014

Late afternoon on Halfmoon Creek

Got the creek around 3:30pm and decided to head upstream for a few hours of fishing.  I tie on a parachute adams to start the day and get some action almost instantly.  Working my way upstream I get to a section where the action slows down so I decide to change up flies slightly to a purple parachute adams.  This ended up being a good decision as the activity picked back up and I finished the day with just short of twenty fish caught.  With the sun going down I head back to camp with another good afternoon of fishing in the books.


Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies That Worked:  Parachute Adams, Purple Parachute Adams

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Few hours to clear my mind

Headed up to Clear Creek for a few hours to clear my head with a little fishing.  Tried a new spot to start the day off and then worked my way upstream over the next few hours.  The first stop gives up a couple fish on a parachute adams in the first hour.  I drive upstream to an old favorite and manage to catch three more in the next hour before moving upstream a ways.  At the last stop I manage to hook a couple but they both get off.  After an hour or so I call it a day and head back home refreshed.

Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Parachute Adams

Monday, September 8, 2014

A few hours on Clear Creek

Got to the creek around 3pm for an afternoon of fishing and relaxation.  I decided to try the same areas I fished the last time hoping my luck would be the same.  I start the day tying on a Amy's Ant after scaring a bunch of hoppers out as I walked to the creek.  I try two or three spots with this fly with no action before I tie on a Parachute Adams( the pattern that worked last time).  With the new fly the action picks up and I start landing some fish.  I fish the lower area for about an hour and catch four fish before heading to the next stop.  This area was all edges but ended up catching half a dozen fish, including a rainbow before picking up and moving a little further upstream to finish off the day.  The last spot looked fishy enough but sadly would not give up a fish, so around 6:30pm I call it a day and head home.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Parachute Adams

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Good day on Clear Creek

Today I headed up to Clear Creek after first trying Bear Creek.  When I got to Bear Creek I found the water stained even though the flows have been decreasing for a week.  i fished it for about a half hour with no luck before calling it and heading over to Clear Creek.

My first stop is at a new spot to me and in the lower section of the canyon.  This section was mostly stair stepped plunge pools on the edges which worked well for my wet wading.  I walk downstream from the car a ways and fish my way back up over the next couple of hours.  After trying a few different flies I land on a parachute adams and manage to land five at this spot.  It's still early so I decide to head upstream a little and find a new spot.

The new spot is set up the same as the other so I work my way up the near bank.  Still throwing an adams I pull in another five at this spot with a couple more hooked but not caught.  By the time I end it's 6:30pm and I head back home with a good day of fishing in the books.

Rod:  Wakata 9' 5/5
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that Worked:  Parachute Adams

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

North Inlet Creek

Headed up to Rocky Mountain N.P. for the day with Derron and Mark and decided to fish North Inlet Creek.  Mark and Derron had never been here and were ready for a good day in the park.  We end up walking past the falls and fish the upper meadows making for about a seven mile round trip which was a little tougher on all of us than expected.



We stop at a couple spots down low where we all catch a couple before fishing the upper section.  The action was fast and furious for the remainder of the day with all of us catching our fair share.  We fish into the early evening before making the trek back to the car.  Just before we get to the parking lot we stop at a spot close to the trail where I catch a couple more and end up seeing a few deer cross the creek.

Great day of fishing with my bro and a buddy!

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