Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A few Quick Jaunts

I've been getting out for an hour or two each day on the Gunnison. School is keeping me from spending all day on the water but the short trips have been successful. I've been catching 12"-18" browns and bows on everything from midges to streamers. The browns have been attacking the streamers like they haven't eaten for months (they probably haven't) and the bows have been picky, only taking midges and small baetis patterns. Word has it that the Lake Fork is open. I imagine I'll be hitting it once or twice before the runoff. Everything is starting to melt, the roads are clearing, school is almost out and the best part of the year is quickly approaching. The sooner the runoff starts and clears the happier I'll be.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Prerunoff Heaven

The prerunoff bite is on and today felt great after a long cold winter. The sun was shining on the Gunnison and the fish seemed hungry. Being the first time I have fished this river I covered some ground to get the lay of the land. Waist deep snow and big chunks of ice made things a little difficult but it felt good to get the legs moving. I caught 12 fish about half rainbows and the other half browns. Average size was 14" but a few rainbows measured up to 16". A red and black copper john with a soft hackle and a midge dropper was very effective. I also picked up two browns while prospecting with streamers. Now I need to find the big tailouts where there might be a hog or two.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Good things ahead

I probably won't be fishing this week. Spring break has ended and I'm trying to get back in the swing of things with school. Good news is the Gunnison River is starting to open up. Should be fishable soon. Look forward to some pre-runoff action. With gas prices high and my budget low the Gunnison is going to be my daily routine. Being down the street makes things great at least when the ice has cleared. Also hope to get back on the Lake Fork for some pre-runoff fishing. This time of year the fish are hungry and seem to grab almost anything you throw at them. Runoff could be brutal with higher than average snow pack. The stillwaters might be the best option during runoff. Look forward to a great season on the water.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

A Good Hat

What can I say? I’m a hat man and have been since my first Boston Red Sox hat in grade school. The hat has turned into a necessity in my life and when it comes to fishing I can’t think of an outing without one. Weddings, funerals, job interviews and dinner parties all put me in the precarious position of being hatless. I’d be more comfortable in public wearing boxers than being hatless. Besides helping deter the sun, my hat has saved my scalp from wild casts that could have permanently planted a hook in my head. Some of the flies in the bill of my favorite fishing hats were not put there intentionally. I also use my hat for streamside naps. Those of you who spend most of your days on the water know what I mean. There’s nothing better for breaking up a long day than lying out in some soft grass under a nice tree and resting the eyes beneath an old sweaty hat. The hat has invaded my being and permanently made camp on top of my head. I have a special bond with every hat I’ve owned and can tell you fishing stories pertaining to each one. I was wearing that hat when… I’ll save you the agony this time but beware of the power that lies within a good hat.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Turnin' Tricks on The Taylor

Fishing the hog trough of the Taylor river is a little like being held down and tickled until it becomes aggravating. Watching ten pound rainbows roll on midges can be exciting until you start casting midges and they ignore everything you throw at them. When this happens I like to mix it up a little. The last couple of weeks I have managed to land and lose some nice fish on streamers. My theory is that like the mysis shrimp being dumped out of the reservoir there will also be the occasional crawfish and baitfish. This got me started with crawfish patterns and ended with several hookups. The thing is that these fish catch on quick and today the streamer action died with the exception of one nice brown.

Given the circumstances I decided to skip the midge and give the mysis shrimp a try. I spotted a big rainbow after it rolled on a midge and made two casts, both of which were near perfect and on the second my strike indicator paused momentarily. I set the hook and the rod was bent. The fish fought hard like most big fish but when I thought I had him whipped, I had no idea what would happen next. I was putting pressure on the big rainbow and moving it into shallow water when it bolted under a big boulder. I had to run at it to get him out. Almost as soon as I had scared him out he did a 180 and went right back under the boulder. Running at it again the fish bolted out towards the nearest pile of moss and sticks, did three laps around it, and broke me off. Normally, being broke off causes a few bad words and the occasional javelin throw with my rod. This time I sat down and laughed because I was just outmatched.

Monday, March 10, 2008

I Believe

I want to start off with something simple that will help you get to know me.

I believe in matching the hatch. I believe in drowning dries. I believe nymphs catch more fish than dries and streamers catch more big fish than anything else. I believe in stiff rods, short casts, Ox and streamers fished on a slow retrieve when big fish are sipping midges on dainty winter tailwaters. I believe ice in my guides helps slow things down and allows me to observe my surroundings. I believe in bushwhacking, backpacking, big rivers, small streams, no crowds and fishing under the bridge in Reno where I know I can always count on a homeless man named Joe to take some great pictures for $5. I believe in catch and release unless brook trout are overpopulated. I believe the river speaks for itself. I believe a good book is better than a bad movie. I believe thong underwear without lace should not be considered lingerie and should be outlawed. I believe a cold beer is the best temporary solution to dehydration after a long day on the water.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Welcome to my new blog. I am not yet sure why I am starting this but I believe it will come to me at some point. I currently live in Southwest Colorado and the fishing opportunities are amazing. Last summer I guided on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison and will be there again for the 2009 season. I am a college student in Gunnison when I'm not skipping class to be on the river. Growing up across the street from the Truckee River in Reno, NV had me hooked at a young age and I've never taken a break. Just can't get enough. I hope you enjoy my posts.