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


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.