Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pickerel!

We must have caught 20 pickerel today on Little Ease Run in Franklinville, NJ. I used a variety of maribou streamers and Lisa was using a spinning jig.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

One more day on the Juan..

I had a lot to do today, planning a trip back east that starts tomorrow. And... I went to the juan. Fishing was lights out from sunup until I left, eggs, midges, at the end I started using a black streamer (that I found in a fish that I caught) and jigglin it around. Amazing day. The crowds got ridiculous and the etiquette is kinda effed. Buncha fat old rich guys pull up in their Hummers belch and fart their way across the river and then walk right up next to you and start casting without a word. Call me crazy, but I'll take the Animas ANY day.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chad's Place South Of Town

We had a blast fishing over at Chad's place. I dunno if my reflexes were a little dull from a fun night last night, but I hooked but lost 4 fish and caught 1. Tiny midge under an egg again. There was a big brown under the rock who I got to take the midge but I was toooooo slow and only had him on the hook for a couple seconds. That's a great stretch of water.

Friday, December 16, 2011

San Juan River - Braids & Simon Canyon






We were among the first people in the braids and I think that had a big effect on the quality of the fish we caught. A lot of big fish and they were biting on eggs like crazy. They were also biting small midges. I lost count of how many fish we caught, and big ones too! Simon canyon was slow on the surface activity and my favorite kiddie pool eddy wasn't producing much either apart from a 16" rainbow that took me for an amusing ride. Amazing day! Thanks to Travis from Fly Fish The San Juans for showing me the ropes on this crowded but really fun river.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pine River, Bayfield

I've always wanted to stop at the park in Bayfield and try a few casts. My good friend Paul gave me the tour but the water was very low, moving fast and clear as a bell. I didn't see any deep pools in the short time there. I imagine that in the spring and summer the dry fly fishing could be good there. Although I didn't catch a thing or see a fish, I'll go back another time and fish the area thoroughly. Cheers.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Basin Creek North & Conglamorate Rock

Brrrrr. Fishing in a blizzard! It was very cold and wet, but I fished from about 1:30 until 5 at Basin Creek and Conglamorate Rock. I fished at the spot on the east bank where I caught the brown a few posts down. It's about 15-20 feet downriver from the juniper tree (you'll see it) I caught several pretty but small rainbows, in the 10-14" range. I went downriver and fished the first two structures I came to with no strikes. I used size 24 midges, cream color, they worked great. I used a pink and then cream colored egg on top. I caught one more smaller rainbow on the west side of the same area when I was leaving. At Conglamorate Rock, I didn't see my indicator move and it was really really cold.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

San Juan - The Braids






Off the hook. Which is how I describe several on the monsters I had on the hook, but all in all we all landed nice fish and had a great day. In the afternoon we went to Simon Canyon to check the BWO hatch but nada. Fish were rising to tiny midgest, but I didn't have anything to imitate them. I used tiny midge pupa fished lower and landed some nice fish. PS... the fish on the san juan like eggs this time of year.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rocks Behind Mall


I took my buddy Rob to give him the basics of fly fishing. I caught a nice brown on a little midge, and Rob caught his first Colorado fish using Lisa's ultralight spinning rod and a 1/16th oz black maribou jig. Go figure.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Behind The Mall

I had a meeting that left me a little time to drop behind the mall and cast a few. I caught a nice rainbow on a pink egg and then I went home.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Basin Creek Cooooold


It was FREEEZING out there, my guides kept icing up, but in the short time I fished I landed some nice fish including this guy in the blurry pic. Sorry I was using my iPod to take the pic, not the best.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ute Land - Goat Canyon South

It looked promising and I used the same getup I was using the previous days (pink egg with size 24 midge below) but I didn't see my indicator move but once, and that was for a little 8" rainbow. I wonder if the water is too shallow here or if I'm just not fishing the right thing.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Basin Creek Ute Land

I caught plenty of small rainbows using a pink egg with a size 24 midge emerger below. Most of the fish were on the midge but a few hit the egg. Some looked like stockers while others were fatter and vibrant looking. At least 2 dozen fish came to net varying in size from 12-14" but nothing as big as yesterday.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ute Land - La Posta location

After a tough early morning the fishing started to pick up around 2pm. Pink egg with brown size 24 midge below was the trick. Caddis worm didn't work at all. Caught 1 17" rainbow and then another 20" rainbow who was VERY fat. Like most big fish I catch, there was no camera present. :/ EXCELLENT habitat down there.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dolores In Town, McPhee, Puett


We checked out the Dolores in town, it was super clear and super low and SUPER cold. No love there. We went up to McPhee down House Canyon and caught a few rainbows. After that we stopped at Puett where all we caught was this monster crawdaddy. All in all a slow day but cruising around with Lisa is always a good day.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

San Juan River

I fished the San Juan with my buddy Travis Gilbert of Fly Fish The San Juans. The fishing started slow but picked up on small midge pupa and emergers around noon. The BWO hatch started around 1pm and provided some really fun dry fly fishing. Travis provided the 7x tippet required for fooling the fish and he also provided a 2 weight rod which was a real hoot! Look him up if you want an excellent guide. I think he can help no matter how well you fish.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Groundhog Reservoir

We returned to Groundhog Reservoir today with our friends Travis & Stephanie Gilbert of Fly Fish The San Juans. Travis was determined to catch them on his fly rod, a heavy weight with sinking line and sculpin, minnow and crayfish imitations. The rest of us used black jigs and started landing fish right away along the ice. There was plenty of ice and it was very cold. Probably one of the last times to fish this area where we like to fish. Travis did end up catching some lunkers. Stephanie caught a cutthroat and Lisa caught the biggest and most. What else is new?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Animas River Ute Land Basin Creek


Dynamite day, fishing with Travis from Fly Fish The San Juans proved to be fun and informative as usual, but in the end it was my neighbor Milt's favorite south of town rig, a big green egg with a leather worm below, that produced the best fish of the day, a 19" brown. I landed a lot of smaller rainbows and 1 cutbow as well.

Monday, November 14, 2011

SKUNKED BY LISA... AGAIN.


Lisa said "Happy Birthday" with a bang this year, we went fishing at Dalabetta park and she nailed 2 browns on her magical black jig before I could even get my line in the water. Oh well, good times.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Groundhog Reservoir

Black jigs fished just right. What a nice time to be up here. The fishing is on fire.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Basin Creek South to North

Amazing day of fishing just hitting them everywhere on small mayfly nymphs. Wham bam. Ran into a Ute Ranger who checked my license and barbs. Nice guy. Great fishing today. I think I might have to get new waders, my old ones failed and it's getting a little cold for wet wading.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Chad's Place South Of Town

Great fishing, some decent fish, and a bunch of what I call "stocker plus" which are those stockers after a couple months in the river when they almost are spunky and starting to fatten up.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

La Plata River - Broooookies!


I love fishing the La Plata, it might be my favorite place. The season is starting to wrap up I'd imagine, it's getting cold and there's fall color everywhere. That didn't stop the brookies from jumping into the creel. Tasty!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Vallecito Creek Backpacking & Leviathan Lake


Well, Leviathan Lake IS about the most gorgeous body of water I've ever seen. That being said... I don't think there are any fish in there. I tried. Twice during this trip I caught dinner in Vallecito Creek, the brookies in there are big and feisty!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Florida River above Lemon Res

The Florida River here offers some great opportunities for wiley little rainbows. July 16th produced some nice fish on BWOs and other mayfly imitations. The trusty Elk Hair caddis seems to always work, in fact I caught one rainbow which already had someone else's fly in their mouth. How such a small fish managed to break a tippet, I'll never know.

La Plata River Above Mayday

I'm following the advice of a great old fly fishing legend, and trying to learn every inch of this creek. Brook trout are the only trout I've found in here, and lots of them. Much like Hermosa creek, the best thing you can do is move slowly, hide behind bushes, stay low, and fish quietly. Fly selection isn't as important as keeping the fish relaxed by not showing your ugly mug. The shallows from Mayday up to La Plata City will produce a lot of fish in the 5-8 inch range in just about every pocket that looks like it will hold fish. They don't give you a lot of time to set the hook, so keep a tight line and watchful eye. Thick vegetation along both sides of the creek means you'll be losing some flies.

Hermosa Creek @ Purgatory

Above the dam which prevents the introduction of other fish species, Hermosa creek in this area is a very small creek loaded with beautiful native cutthroat trout. The fishing is tough... while the fish don't seem fussy about which flies they're offered, they hit quick and spook easily. It is a place where crawling on your knees and/or belly will yield strikes, but walking up to the stream, which is about 5 feet wide at the most, will yield a big fat skunking. Lisa of course catches more fish than us hackle jockeys using her tiny gold kastmaster and ultra light spinning gear.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Broooookies!

I love Brookies. Sure Lisa calls them "trash fish" but they're delicious and more importantly, easy to catch! This monster was up under the big waterfall in La Plata Canyon. You know the one, the nasty climb down? Rocks on your head? Yep. I was a few pools downriver. I think that section is promising.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dolores Below McPhee


River was apparently running at 300cfs. Caught 2 nice browns about the same size on egg patterns. Good Ol' Eggs.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Lovin the Res


Fished the second access point on La Posta (Basin Creek South -ed) using little midges, mayflies and eggs. It's great catching them on your own flies, double the fun. I was pretty stoked to catch this nice rainbow and a few others like him, however, I dropped the camera in the water right after this shot was taken :(
Next on list: waterproof camera.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lessons learned...

I hooked a monster today, chased him around and finally lost him. I just pinched the line for a second and boing! there he went with my fly. Moooonster! Milt saw'em I promise!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Puett Walleye!


Lisa skunked me. She caught these nice Walleye in the rip rap using a gold kastmaster. Dirty Rat.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Vallecito


Fun times, I caught this pretty fish on a black wooly bugger. Lisa caught one on a kastmaster. We were fishing up by the dam on the west side. The east side is too shallow.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Joe Moore Reservoir


My good buddy Alex came down from Gunnison, the land of monster lake trout, and we headed over to Joe Moore with Chad to attempt some really early crappie fishin. No Crappie came along and we ended up catching rainbows on spinners in the muddy water. Towards the end of the day I caught this largemouth bass on a tiny meps green spinner with 4lb test, it was a hoot. Chad caught a muskrat. Let us never speak of that again.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

San Juan


This was my first time on the San Juan with the intrepid Alex and Seth. Frankly. I didn't do so well. I saw a lot of fish, but I couldn't get them to take a fly. My friends caught 1 fish each so maybe it was a slow day, but I have the feeling that 5x tippet is too big. The crowds are ridiculous and the etiquette is very strange. People will walk right up to you and start fishing. Call me old fashioned but my idea of a good day of fishing is not seeing anyone else. Sure there are monsters, but if you have to deal with a buncha dildos to fish for them, I'd rather fish the Animas.

(editor's note: My tune has changed on the Juan since I started using smaller tippets and smaller flies. There still are plenty of dildos but you don't notice them when you're catching lots of fish)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Finally!


I finally pulled a nice fish out of the animas. I've been getting skunked lately. This funny old black dude was down on the river. He kept going BOOM! when my indicator moved. I thought it was bottom. It was fish.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hahahah I caught a sucker...


I didn't do so well, but Travis from Fly Fish The San Juans really helped me out today. I missed a few fish, not really used to this fancy pants bobber thing. I did get one to the net, this beautiful sucker! Is it a flannelmouth? Native? I dunno but aim to find out.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

San Marcos River, Texas


Good times fishing in town on the San Marcos. Beautiful warm 70 degree water. Gorgeous!
This is the Guadalupe Bass.

Friday, January 28, 2011

My First Flies


I know, I know.. hey the midges might catch something. I taught myself, since I didn't know anything the lessons were long and hard.