On Tuesday October 30th, I headed out to the Dream Stream at around 4AM. It was about 7AM when I was on the water. I had a feeling that it was going to be a good day when I lost a nice one on my third cast. The first fish I brought to the net was a nice Kokanee. The first of the season! Those fish always seem to put up a good fight. A Red San Juan Worm is what the Kokanee wanted. Once the excavation started upstream, we had to move to the upper part of the river. Construction crews are making stream improvements and it really affected our fishing today. I don't believe there is construction on weekends, so if you fish weekends, you will have that to your advantage. Above the excavation, were normal Dream Stream clarity conditions. I caught several Cutbows on the egg pattern above the middle parking lot. I only saw a few paired Browns and only three or four Kokanee. I think it is still a bit early for the prime of spawn. But it was a great day, I cannot complain. Good Luck and Tips Up! Josh
Monday, October 20, 2014
Dean and I ran out to Utah's Strawberry Reservoir for Bear Lake Cutts and Scofield Reservoir for Tiger Trout. Hi did pretty good on this trip but I, not so much!! That's why they call it fishing not catching. Here are some pics. All were caught stripping big streamers!!!
Monday, October 6, 2014
Clear Creek is my "home water" so I fish it more than probably any other water. I have been fishing it the same way since the flows have came down from spring run-off. If I can get away with a dry-fly, that is my preferred way of flyfishing. That said, I've been using 2 dry flies. Generally, I will run a bigger one for my lead fly, like a size 12 Amy's Ant. Red works well. I like this fly because it has legs, is highly visible, and floats extremely well. Behind that is a Putterbaugh Caddis, size 18. It doesn't seem to matter what tippet size you use but generally I have 4 or 5x to my first fly and 5 or 6x on my second fly. As you will see in my pics, a small Griffiths Knat or Adams also works well. The fish like to set next to the bank. I just walk next to the bank, walking upstream and casting to the slower seams and pocket water. The fish will only average 8 to 10 inches but they are very cooperative and sometimes you even get that explosive take that surprises you with a bigger than average fish! Good Luck and Tight Lines! Josh
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
Clear Creek has been fishing very well and the fish have been very cooperative. I've been using Orange Stimulators with legs and Amy's Ants. Both of these flies have been working very well. This is my first season using Amy's Ants and I am now a believer and I have only been using it a few weeks. The fish are sitting next to the bank in the slower water ready to pounce my Dry as it drifts past them. The fish aren't usually too big but it is a lot of fun with a 2 or 3 weight rod and reel. The expected catch are Rainbows and Browns in the 8 to 12 inch range. I've been fishing town of Idaho Springs. Fishing from Idaho Springs all the way down Clear Creek Canyon has all been fishing well for me. I really enjoy this stretch of water this time of year. For me, it doesn't get much better than this. I will fish a Dry Fly whenever I can get away with it........
Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Saturday, July 12, 2014
I hiked to St. Mary's Glacier with a couple of friends. It is a short fifteen or twenty minute hike from the parking lot. It started off slow but eventually we found what was working. The previous time I there, I caught some very nice Tiger Trout. This time I had the camera and only got this one tiny Tiger, but a Tiger none the less. Brookies were also taking my FBBH Pheasant tails and midge emergers. Scuds in olive were working as well. If you like the Dry Dropper method than I would tie on an Adams in size 22 to 24. It is a fun and productive lake but the fish aren't real huge. A 3 weight was my choice of rod. A 9 foot Elkhorn made here in Colorado. Good Luck and tight lines!!
Friday, July 4, 2014
Josh Patterson is helping me at the shop and as you can see still gets his days on the water! Alot of posts will be coming from him. Thanks Josh!!
I recently went to the Yampa near Stagecoach Reservoir. It was my first time traveling to this tailwater. The fishing was so good that we went back the next day as well. The fish were strung throughout the entire section of public fishing. There were some occasional clouds, which helped the bug hatches and also helped hide us from the fish. During the second day it was bluebird and the fish were more weary and willing to reject my fly. Some good patterns to use are RS2's, FBBH pheasant tails, zebra midges and various emergers, like a Barr's. We fished more in the fast water next to the slower water when it was bluebird. Dry dropper rigs and nymphing both work well depending on the hole you are working.