Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Beautiful day on Clear Creek

Headed back up to Clear Creek on what turned out to be a beautiful fall day.  With the weather in the 70's and a touch of wind I was hoping the dry fly action would still be on.  I start the day tying on a BWO and start casting through the slack water areas but am getting no action.  I finally tie on a black beauty under the bwo and almost immediately get a fish on the black beauty.  I continue working upstream with the dry/dropper set up and manage to catch a couple more on the black beauty and surprisingly I get a nice size brown to take the bwo.  After a couple hours my body is a little sore for the recent surgery I had and I call it a day.  Great to get on the water and catch some fish on a beautiful Colorado fall day!



Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies That Worked:  BWO, Black Beauty

Monday, October 27, 2014

Boulder Creek and six fish

Headed up to Boulder Creek for a few hours on my second effort out of the hospital to try my luck on a creek I have not fished very much this year.  I tried a spot down low in the canyon to start but only got one sniff from a fish and no takers so I moved upstream just past Boulder Falls.  This section was a series of plunge pools that went on for a few hundred yards.  I cast through a few pools with no luck before I finally hook into a little brown in a calm pool.  I manage to catch four out of this pool before moving on upstream.  The rest of the day was slow and only managed to catch two more fish before calling it a day and heading back to the car.  Still not a bad day of fishing with six caught in the couple hours of fishing I did!


Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Fly that worked:  BWO

Couple hours on Clear Creek

After being in the hospital for a while I finally am out and decided to head up to Clear Creek for as long as I could hold up.  I went to a spot that is fairly easy to walk the edge to make things easy on myself.  I started to cast to the edges and slack water areas as I always do and managed to catch a couple fish before my body started getting a little sore and I had to call it a day.  Still ended up catching two fish on my first effort out the hospital!


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

Fish on my last cast

Made my way up to Clear Creek again today for a few hours of fishing before the rain came in.  I started at a spot that I have been fishing a lot over the last month. As usual I started picking fish off the edges almost immediately and continued as I worked my way upstream.  Coming off an injury I only fished for a few hours but ended the day with a fish on my last cast, which is always nice.


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

North Fork of the South Platte River

Mark and I decided to head up to the North Fork of the South Platte for the day and try some new spots to fish.  the day started slow for both of us, but after trying a few spots we finally started getting into some fish.
For me the magic pattern was a big green drake that helped me bring in nine fish over the coarse of the day.  For Mark the action was a little slower but he still managed to catch a few befoer we called it a day.

Great to try some new water and still catch some fish with a buddy!

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

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