Monday, May 26, 2008

Colorado Rainbows

Adam and I ventured into Colorado again to partake of some good rainbow trout and hopefully some nice snake river cutthroats. We never did seem to hook up with any of the cutts but did land some nice rainbows and surprisingly, we took a pair of native white suckers on small leech patterns as well. I was pretty happy to take a 20 inch sucker on a fly. We dealt with lightning storms through the day and retreated to cover four times. As the action tapered we made our way home spotting a moose and a nice herd of elk with too many mule deer to count as well.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Ice Is Off

A trip into Colorado for some recently iced off resevoir fishing produced a nice day of rainbows and cuttbows on midges. I met up with Mark for a quality day on the water although we never quite had the wind just right for speed and direction. Air temperatures were great and midges were really starting to come off the lake. The day ended on a beautiful, fat cuttbow that these high reservoirs seem to produce in abundance. It is nice to see the five weight have to earn its keep every once and a while.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

High Country Stream Exploration

Floyd and I started out on the river and it was coming up and getting muddy. Working the edges wasn't producing and we decided to try a lake that was a short drive but higher in elevation. No luck there as the road was closed due to it still being drifted in from the winter. On to the high country then, as we decided to pursue trout in the highest reaches of a mountain stream that we could boulder and posthole up in search of pocket water trout. We found some of the mountain gems we were searching for fishing dry / dropper combos.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Stillwater Solitude

I went out today to try the river once again but found the access quite full of cars and trucks. Seeing that the river was crowded just wasn't an attractive option. I pushed on to some stillwater that had recently opened up and decided to try it instead. I had the lake all to myself. The fish were somewhat active with a few rainbows providing the acrobatics that the brown trout had the day before.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

River Browns

Floyd and I made the best of our planned river trip with our backup plan saving the day. We had originally slated an overnight trip for a canyon that is not yet accessible this year. The snow drifts still remaining from the heavy winter this year have been amazing in that they are still limiting access to areas typically already running off by May. Luckily, our back up river had a canyon to explore and fish as well. It turned out to be a gorgeous spring day with brown trout warming up throughout the day to a much more aggressive afternoon and evening bite.