Beat Up Toilet Bowl Trout

We try really hard to focus on the positive at Colorado Fly Fishing Mag, but occasionally you see something so sad that you have to share it in the hope that maybe you can get through to a few people to help a situation. Not sure if it was the intention of the guy shooting the video to show just how beat up the trout are in the Toilet Bowl section of the Frying Pan, but these fish are in pretty poor condition. Almost all of the damage caused because of fishing pressure. Maybe it's time to give those poor creatures a break? Thinking about creating a petition to close that section of river, or close it for a short time during the spawn seasons. Not sure how much spawning actually goes on in that pool, but fished are always susceptible during that time of year, and its a good enough excuse to close it for a short period. Watch the video and let me know what you think?

Deckers Flow Jumped 4-14-2014

It has begun! Current flow as of tonight is.... 321. And word from Anglers Covey is that it's chocolate milk. Denver carp'n anyone?

Elevenmile Canyon Fishing Report 4-7-14

The last couple of days in 11 MC have been great! Anglers were caught, fish were caught, even wildlife. Flows are low and the water clear. There's been decent midge hatches in the morning giving away to blue wing olives by around 1 p.m. During the morning midge hatch there are only a few sporadic rises, so bring your 9' 5wt. nymph rod and 6x fluorocarbon. Good flies to bring are: Apricot Eggs, Black Beauties size 22-24, Top Secret Midges 22-24, Barr's Emergers bwo size 22, Cheesman Emergers size 22-24, JuJu Baetis size 22.

Between 12:30-1:00 p.m. there are still enough midges on the water -combined with emerging b.w.o.s- that the fish really let their guard down and the dry fly fishing gets good. The window for this is pretty short, with the surface bite only lasting 30-45 minutes. Afterwords, the fishing gets noticeably tougher. Anglers patient enough can still catch fish, but with water that clear, and the sun getting higher in the sky, the majority of fish go on siesta. Anglers wanting to throw dries should start covering a lot of ground and stalking individual fish. Anyone wanting to nymph should be prepared to move more and work harder, also. If your the type of angler that doesn't need to catch a ton of fish and doesn't mind working for them, but would prefer to have more space to yourself, the afternoon/evening is your time!

Good dry flies to bring are Parachute Adams size 24-26, Griffith's Gnats 22-26, and Barr's Visadun bwo size 22-24.

Current flow - 90 c.f.s.
Hatches -  Midges and Baetis
Fishing - 7/10

Here are a few photos from the last couple days. Hope they inspire you to get out somewhere and wet a line!

Fox At Cheesman Canyon

Had a fun day in March with a couple of great guys on the South Platte river in Cheesman Canyon. We worked extremely hard for our 5-6 quality fish, but that was just a small part of the trip. Our morning started out with an up close and personal greeting from a rather large and beautiful fox! Just wanted to give a shout out to Mike and Matt. Thanks for spending a day on the water with me! Hope you learned a few new tricks, and had as much fun as I did. Check out the photos...

Quick Fishing Report For Local Area Reservoirs (Pikeview, Prospect, and Quail Lake)

Anybody looking to catch a trout on their lunch break needs to look no further than our local lakes. This is a great time of year to fish for trout from shore with a fly rod. Use a two fly rig similar to what you would use on the river. 5x leaders and tippet with roughly 6-8 feet from your indicator to your first fly.

The first fly should be something that grabs attention! We like to use apricot eggs; 16 inches off the bend of the egg hook try a size 16-18 bead head hares ear, or b.h. pheasant tail nymph. Chironomids are the main hatch happening, so Zebra midges and large black beauties will also fool fish. Your BB sized split shot should be 16-18 inches above your egg. 

Fishing with an indicator rig such as this, I prefer to let it sit after making my cast. If you're in the vicinity of fish you won't have to wait long before you get bit. If you don't catch a fish after the first couple of minutes try slightly adjusting your depth. If that doesn't work change locations. You will know right away if you're set up correctly and in the right spot. Anyone fishing this way can catch fish until the sun goes down. We recently spent a few hours at Pikeview fishing for trout and had a great time with consistent action, so if you're sitting at home with nothing better to do than watch ESPN, get off that duff and go educate some local trout!

On The Fly - How to Properly Handle and Release Trout

Yesterday's On The Fly column was about reducing mortality rates for fish post landing in our catch and release fisheries. Follow the link for some friendly tips!