Thursday, July 24, 2008

Here fishy fishy...

The fishing has really picked up in Lake City, Colorado. With record snow pack this winter the runoff was late but the fish are hungry now. The monsoon season has begun and the water levels fluctuate as usual making things hit and miss but now is the time to take the risk and experience the best or worst day of fishing you have ever had. I have been caught in lightening storms deep in canyon water by mid-morning and have had days of constant fish on dry flies with storm clouds threatening but never doing anything. The weather is always tough up here but that is what keeps things interesting. The Lake Fork of the Gunnison is great but inconsistent however several smaller streams have been producing fish up to 18". The last few weeks I have seen some of the best small stream dry fly fishing of my life. Here are a few pictures from the last week including the large bull moose that crossed the road during the drive after a very productive guide trip. The moose was moving quickly but I managed to jump out of the vehicle and zoom in on it before he disappeared up an aspen covered hill. I hope I can post more soon but the season is busy and I have been on the water every day. If you come up this way look for PMD hatches, little yellow stones and bring every stage of the caddis life cycle. After the busy guide season I plan on posting several article about insects and the means to imitate them. Stay tuned for the good instructional stuff. In the mean time here are a few pictures to enjoy from the beautiful San Juan mountains.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Finally Some Fish

The last couple of weeks have been crazy to say the least. Between trying to find water that is not too high and the 14 hour strait through the night trip to Reno and another fourteen hours on the way back I am finally catching up on sleep and the fishing is getting better everyday. I managed to fish for a couple of hours during my emergency trip to Reno and the Truckee River was fishing well even mid-day with triple digit temperatures. I hit an urban area and picked up three nice rainbows on a golden stone nymph. The biggest ran just under 18".

After the long drive back to Lake City I hit the water in a great canyon stretch. The water was high but there were salmon flies hitting the water all around me. I thought it was odd that not a single fish came to the surface for the salmon fly adults or my imitation. After some frustration I jokingly put an #18 bead head flash back pheasant tail beneath my stone fly nymph and began hooking up some nice fish but it was relatively slow for this time of year.

Today was the day as everything came together. While on a small stream with some clients the bugs were out in force and the fish were gorging. We caught 14-17" browns all morning. After the day ended I headed out to the river near town to meet a friend. He had just lost a good size fish so I grabbed my rod and began fishing. For the next hour I caught and released five rainbows over 16" with the largest pushing 20". The water was still high on the Lake Fork but the fish were sitting in shallow water near the bank eating stonefly nymphs. They were all full and fat. The water is receding every day and the action is beginning to get really good. These fish have had a long winter and they are hungry. Things are really looking up around here.