Friday, September 18, 2009

Trout Week

The last week has been filled with fishing adventures. Doug, my friend and flyfishing mentor drove out from Reno to explore the area and another friend Barry, from Silverthorne came down to do some fishing. The afternoon Doug arrived we hit the Lake Fork in time to stick a few fish before lightening forced us out.

The next day we went to Gunnison and did a short trip to the Taylor. It was crowded but we caught a few before fishing the Gunnison River. On the Gunnison Doug lost an airborn brown in the 5 lb range and we both picked up several browns and a few rainbows.

Typical Taylor Brown

After spending some time on the pressured waters I decided to take Doug and Barry to a secret stretch of small stream. We did some off road driving and a steep hike into the stream and spotted some very large browns holding in a deep run. The browns were from a lake and were staging to spawn. We threw everything we had at them but they had lockjaw and eventually we moved on to the resident trout. The fish were cooperative and would eat about anything we threw at them.

Doug spent another day catching trout on the Lake Fork while I was working. He had a 20 fish day including a nice 19" brown. The following day we all hit a small stream and caught several small rainbows and cutthroats. The scenery was great and the gloomy rain clouds never exploded on us.

From the small stream we drove to the East Portal for the evening. We all caught the standard 14" browns and enjoyed nymphing the big water. Just before we left I made a few casts with a streamer, dropping it deep along a rock wall. The result was a fat 19" brown that looked and felt bigger than he was.

We spent our final day exploring the Rio Grande drainage and spent the evening on the Lake Fork. We caught small browns all morning before the rain clouded the water. We drove back to the Lake Fork for a couple of hours and landed a few nice fish before calling it a night and heading home for beer and burgers.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lake Fork Pictures

The fishing is good and getting better as the crowds thin and the fall colors begin to overtake the summer green. It might be that my schedule is beginning to allow more time for personal excursions but I am finding fish and enjoying solitude on the stream. Here are a few recent pictures from the Lake fork of the Gunnison.