Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It's always been a dilemma having this blog... The thing I like the most about my favorite spots is that I don't often see other fishermen there. It's worth hiking miles and bushwhacking through horrific conditions to have a stretch of river to yourself. That being said, I enthusiastically want to share the stories with you, but.. what if your truck is parked at the trailhead next time? See the dilemma? When I started writing this thing it was for my own records and I never thought to make it public, but frankly I enjoy it! I guess let's just be vague and accept that you probably won't get my very favorite spots. You can email me or comment or drop a line on our facebook page. I'm definitely more willing to share with an individual than with the internet en masse.
All this being said. We went to a little spot on a fairly popular river up north, but took a very long hike to get into the stretch where we fished. Fishing was just ridiculous. Every dry fly we tried worked like a champ. Little jigs worked like a champ, nymphs worked like a champ. Stevie Wonder could have offered a fishing clinic on this stream. Plus size Brookies and minus sized Rainbows were the order of the day, the latter often jumping several feet out of the water to take flies. Big, juicy hoppers were the funnest to use because of the reaction. I used a foam bodied hopper with elk hair wings. It was like throwing a steak into the lions. I wish you the best of luck in your next small stream adventure!
Monday, July 21, 2014
1. Poage Lake - For Durangoans, this is quite a haul, but we were already in the area east of Wolf Creek for a few nights camping. Our goal was to catch Rio Grande Cutthroat, a species I'd never caught. In the area we fished some really fun and difficult "Curtis Creek" kind of Brookie streams where you had to dap dry flies over the edge from your hands and knees to not spook the fish who were the spookiest fish I've ever seen. On to Poage lake, you see by the sign at the trailhead (a very well used trail) that it is a special water situation with Brook Trout and Rio Grande Cutthroat. The bag limit is 2 fish of 12" or less. This policy must be working because the lake is infested with Rio Grande Cutthroat. We used dry flies and had a great time. On our second visit to this lake, we found that with the sun directly over head the fish were very tippet aware. That day we used ants and beetles and had a great time. What a fantastic lake! We were looking for a few fish to put on the campfire, so we weren't hunting for monsters, but there's gotta be some in there.
2. Priest Lake - In case you didn't know, Trout Lake near Telluride is closed for the 2014 season and has been drained quite a bit for dam repairs. We didn't know either, we were meeting family from Montrose so it seemed like a nice inbetween point, however when it was closed we headed down to Priest Lake nearby. It was low and full of algae, but there were Brookies in there, very tricky to catch, which made it kind of fun. I ended up dropping a very small mayfly nymph from a dry fly to catch them.
Ahhh, the miracle of having a vehicle once again. Sorry for the lag in posts, but as any fisherman knows, there are times when life gets in the way of fishing and sometimes we just have to wait out the storm. Tight lines!
Saturday, June 21, 2014
I've been recording an album and have not been out. Still bike-bound so as you can imagine getting the boat to the lake is hard. The animas is clearing up and I've seen some caddis activity. Get'em!
Friday, June 6, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
We have been carless for a while which isn't such a big deal when you've got a pair of avid bikers, but loading up the gear for a trip to the lake is pretty tough. We hit Vallecito yesterday for some nice spring rainbows and we are heading to our favorite lake today for some top notch groceries. Spring is a magnificent time to fish before the water starts rising. The crowds of the San Juan River are just about as small as they get, with the old timers being afraid of a lil wind. For those of us who don't limit ourselves by exclusively fly fishing, there are great times to be had on the Juan throwing light jigs with light spinning gear. You can fish deeper water, cast in the wind, and get dirty looks that will keep you warm inside all year long.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
It isn't that we haven't been fishing. We've been out on the ice quite a bit. The ice was thicker quicker this year, and we found ourselves out before the new year. If you follow our facebook page, you've heard about the fiasco with the 44" Pike. I don't wanna talk about it. Other than that, we've had a lot of stockers through the ice. Keep in mind, the stockers in Vallecito are very large, so it may not look like a stocker, but if it is under 20" there's a good chance it has that dull grey meat that stockers have. Jackson fished ok for little Rainbows but we didn't see the jumbo Perch we were seeking. Vallecito is very high and has risen since the ice formed. This could definitely have something to do with the spotty fishing. We haven't pulled one Kokanee through the ice this year, which is much different than last year. The Anise-Oil-Corn hasn't worked, but it seems to be attracting stocker Trout. Maybe the extreme low level of the lake last year made the fishing easier, or maybe we've just been in the wrong places at the wrong time. Tell us your ice stories!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
This is the easiest sushi dish you could ever make. I'd trust a half drunk hillbilly to make this as well as me in a heartbeat. You're gonna use cured Trout Roe... you already have some, right? Make sushi rice according to its directions and make a simple solution of rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. I generally use about a quarter cup of rice vinegar, tablespoon of sugar, big pinch of salt and a splash of water for this mixture, experiment till you find a mix you like, you can find many wild variations of this online, so google your heart out. Mix a bowl full of water, rice vinegar and pinch of salt. Maybe a cup of water and 3 tablespoons of vinegar, teaspoon of salt. This is for your hands while you handle the sushi rice. Cut 1 inch wide by 5 inch long strips of Nori. Make a small ball of rice and roll it into the piece of nori. Mine end up round, but an oval shape is idea, in fact "Gunkan" means "battleship" in Japanese, so think of that shape.