Rocky Mountain N.P.

Headed up to R.M.N.P. today to do a little fishing on Cub Creek.  The water level was good and clear but the fish were super spooky.  My project for the day was to catch some fish on a Kebari and take some underwater photos.  I switched on and off with a kebari and a amy's ant catching fish on both.  I fish for about three hours before the lightning and thunder start up and I call it a day.  Mission accomplished, 5 good shots to use.
 
 


Rod:  Tenkara USA Iwana 12'
Line:  Tenkara Pyrenees Woven 12'
Flies that Worked:  Kebari, Amy's Ant

Comments

  1. I have some catching up to do Kevin, but I have to say that you capture everything so well whether or not the fishing is great!

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  2. I caught 5 in a couple of hours this past Friday on a stretch of the Big Thompson (in Moraine Park) just down from the bridge. The next morning I caught one and lost one in the same area before the bite went dead. The water was much higher and swifter than when I visited last summer.

    I did make it over to Cub Creek, but only for about an hour. I wish I had spent more time there as the water was very accessible and not nearly as swift as the Big T.

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    1. Yea, runoff took a little longer this year because of the heavy snowpack.

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  3. P.S. - I didn't have much luck with the Amy's Ant. I would get some looks, but no strikes. I had the most success with smaller (size 18) pheasant tail nymphs and emerger patterns. Last summer I fished exclusively flies on the Big T, with success, but not so much this trip.

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    1. I do the same thing if I see fish come up and sniff it and not take it. One trick I like to try before I switch off the Amy's Ant is twitching it across the creek. This will almost always entice at least one fish.

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  4. Yeah, I did attract some fish at the end of drifts by twitching the Amy's Ant upstream. But they were more bumps than actual takes -either that, or I was consistently missing hook sets.

    I had better luck using the Amy's Ant as an attractor/indicator, and then getting strikes on the nymph dropper.

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    1. The missed hook set is a real thing when fishing for smaller fish I have found. Some of the fish seem to grab it in a manner that doesn't set the hook. My buddy Mark must miss 20 fish a day with bad hook sets.

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  5. I wish I had more stream time this past trip to RMNP, but family obligations and storms/lightening limited my opportunities. I had also wanted to fish Glacier Creek, but the park service was cutting trees in the exact area I had planned to fish near Sprague Lake.

    It's too bad I didn't run into you at Cub Creek. I enjoy your blog and would have liked to have said hello while we were both in the area. Maybe next summer...I still want to get over to the west side of the park, to the Colorado River, East Inlet, etc.

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