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On The Fly - Tips For Buying a New Fly Rod

This months On The Fly column is out, and it's a quick write-up about qualities in a fly rod that I look for when making a purchase. Here's the link!

On The Fly - Tackling The Spinney Wind

Here's a few tips for anyone interested in taking on Spinney this season! This sounds like the silliest thing on planet earth to say to a fly fisher, but the wind is good... Follow this link to learn more!

Opening Week at Spinney Reservoir - 2015

Compared to previous years, this Spinney opening was slow. And, for a place so associated with wind and waves, it was more than a little ironic that our first 3 days on the water had almost perfect weather. And by perfect weather, I mean weather that's great for watching sunrises, not for fishing, but who's complaining?

Every morning it was slow but consistent until the afternoon wind showed up, and then fishing got better. A week later, at the peak of the good weather, we had the best afternoon of fishing yet. The wind was up around that magic 15-20 m.p.h. mark, and the waves were just tall enough to occasionally have a white cap. The best part about that day was the fact that we got to bring grandpa along for his birthday, and he landed the 3 largest trout he has ever caught. Dad is the man who got me into the sport of fishing, but he didn't take the plunge and turn to the dark side when I did 16 years ago. Instead, he's chosen to stick to his lure fishing roots, and he bounces back and forth between casting a fly and bubble, or a spinner or spoon.

This time he was throwing solid white tube jigs that the guys at Colorado Tackle Pro turned me onto for Spinney. Just wanted to give a special shout out to Chris and Travis at C.T.P. for that! Dad managed 3 trout to the net that were 20" or bigger along with countless others, and finished the day with the fattest 22" female rainbow I've seen in a while. This thing was all belly and shoulders! It was a blessing to see how happy he was to fish with his family.

Speaking of fishing with family... Bree stuck to her routine of wanting to cast, kissing the occasional fish for good luck, and throwing rocks and playing with sticks. Dad finally got to see how committed and good Kristen can be at fly fishing. She was her usual self, matching me fish for fish, and showing a natural talent for the sport that many women seem to have.

We also made a new friend, Tim Ryan. Tim was a ton of fun to fish with! Mr. Tim cracked jokes with us, which is a constant when we're fishing, and he fit right in with our little group. He was also humble enough to take any advice I would give him, and as a result landed some nice fish. This is what fishing is all about - having fun, not taking things too seriously, sharing helpful information, and creating memories. We just wanted to thank him for his kind words of encouragement about our fishing family. Tim, we look forward to hearing about your trips with your grandson!

Here's the photos from the week! Thank you to everyone who reads and supports our little site - to all of my clients for supporting our family and simultaneously supporting my fishing habit, to Anglers Covey for continuing to give me opportunities to teach, and to Kristen for being the most supportive and loving lady on planet earth!

Tim playing a nice fish!

Tim holding up a chunky bow.
Kristen with a fish on.
One fish.
Two fish.
Red fish.
Blue fish.
Great shot Kristen got of me in the heat of battle!
Again again.
Bree with her grandpa.
A special moment with father and son holding up a double. And look at that tub of a rainbow he's holding!

Correction for the Blue River Report Posted 2-19-15

Hey trout bums, a reader pointed out a mistake I made regarding the Epoxy Mysis Recommendation. In the article I said it was Craven's Epoxy Mysis and the correct tier is Will Sands. I knew that. Just had a bonehead moment that was probably related to dealing with an attention demanding daughter, and it probably won't be the last time that happens. Just wanted to apologize for the mistake, and correct it for anyone looking for that pattern.

Here's the link to the old article, in case any of you are curious about fishing the Blue, which is still fishing great!

On the Fly: Fish are Biting in Summit County!

Ginormous Huge Paco Troutosaurus Rex!

If you follow any of the social media sites, odds are pretty good that many of you have already seen this giant 15 pound brown caught by Matt McCannel, and there's no denying that it's definitely worth another look! In fact, if you have the time and money to take a guide trip with Matt on the Uncompahgre River (where this fish was caught), and you're not calling him up right now, there's something wrong with you! It's an amazing tailwater fishery, and Rigs fly shop in Ridgeway Colorado is where you should stop and get all your flies and info before you tackle it.

Kristen and I went to the Uncompahgre a.k.a. "Paco" last fall as part of our tailwater tour to collect photos and information for our book, and I'm ashamed to say it was the first time either one of us had fished it, but it won't be the last. As first timers we still landed our share of browns and rainbows, and Kristen even lost a brown at the net that was somewhere between 8-10 pounds. We made the mistake of checking out Rigs fly shop at the end of our day there, or I'm sure Matt would have put us on some Paco specific flies, and we would have had an even better time.

What makes Matt's brown so special is that, like anyone who walked in the fly shop in the last four months and talked to Matt, he told me about this monster fish he's been chasing. FOUR PLUS MONTHS! Now that's perseverance! Seriously, great work!

Matt has been kind enough to send us photos, and he has also been very helpful in sending us information about Paco for the book, which will be featured. For now, here's another look at his fish, and his fly he used to catch it that is only available at Rigs. He calls the streamer the Hot Head Paco Mini Leech.

Matt with this 15 lb blue cheeked beauty!
Matt's Hot Head Paco Mini Leech #10

Follow this link to learn more about Rigs and schedule a guide trip!

For up to date fishing reports and more photos like this, follow this link and like Rigs on Facebook!

On the Fly - Blue River Fishing Report

Saw a few more reports today, and the rumor has it that fishing is still great. Get out there and play in the snow!

Link to Outtherecolorado report!

Blue River Fishing Report - 2-12-15

The Blue has been getting fantastic fishing reports over the last week, and our experience confirmed those reports. I talked to a few people who said that the section through town was recently stocked, and that fish were eating mysis with reckless abandon, which was pretty much the case. 2/3 of our fish came to the net with a size 12 Kleis's mysis with orange eyes tucked in the jaw, and the rest on a red or a black midge pupa in a size 24. As a group we netted somewhere between 6-8, and lost as many in almost 3 hours of fishing. Kristen let me land the biggest fish which was a rainbow around 18" that took a Black Beauty.

The average size fish I was seeing was somewhere between 16-18 inches and we both broke off a few  that were better than 20". The flow was close to 200 c.f.s. and if it stays there through next week you all have a wonderful opportunity to stick some nice fish. It was pretty crowded so be prepared to display good etiquette, share, and maybe get there a little early to get a good spot. If you want to spin up some mysis before your trip follow this link for the tying video. I was told that Lagartun Mini Flat Braid has been discontinued, but the fly is just as effective tied with pearl tinsel for the flat tail and shell back.

Last, we just wanted to give a shout out Christian and Jenessa! Thank you for meeting up with us and bringing your daughter along to play in the water with Bree. It was great to get our two families together to fish and share in an adventure! Here's some photos from yesterdays trip...

Bree and papa with my first fish of 2015!

A closer look at that fish.
Bree and Piper playing with rocks and water. Is there a better playground?
What I saw every time I looked up at Kristen...
Her best fish of the day.
Bree looking like E.T. wearing Kristen's jacket, and her new buddy
Stinkn cute
My best fish of the day.

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