Monday, June 30, 2008


For the last several days I've been fishing the North Platte and Encampment Rivers in Wyoming. At the confluence both rivers are running at +/- 1800 cfs (a tremendous amount of water for this time of year). Through the town of Saratoga we're talking 5000+ cfs. We floated Bennett Peak to Treasure Island on the Platte casting heavily weighted streamers (big black woolly buggers with yellow dumbell eyes tied on a size-2 streamer hook) on sink tip lines and caught some very nice rainbows and browns over 20-inches.

Fishing the Encampment was an on the bank proposition. We picked up fish on nymphs in the overflowing side channels. The deal was you had to find just the right spot. In one such location my partner, Bruce Mardick, caught a dozen nice browns and rainbows.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lone Tree Crappie/Walleye

This past week I've been spending time in the boat chasing warm water species. I fished Lone Tree res. the mornings of 6/21, 6/24, 6/27, & 6/28 from roughly 5 - 9:00 am. Water temps are in the low 70's. Found a variety of fish including Walleye, Largemouth, Black Crappie and a lone Wiper. Although many of the Walleye were located on traditional tackle and Jigs, we were soon able to catch them with streamer tip intermediate lines and heavy baitfish imitations (Belly-ache Minnow) in Chart, Gold Variant, and grey, slow crawled back to the boat. We found these fish outside of the weeds in between 5-12 feet of water mostly along the West bank. We did really well the first two trips catching 12-16 walleye. These fish averaged 17" with the largest being 24 & 1/2"! But as soon as we felt that we had it dialed in, the Walleyes seemingly disappeared- we caught only two the last two outings. We did however find alot of good sized Black Crappie casting to the same water with the same imitations. Weather was sunny for the most part on all days, and windy at times with the chop definately helping the bite. Sorry PETA animals were harmed during our research, there was one hell of a good fish fry held in Longmont last night!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

High Country Lakes

For the last several days I've been staying with friends in the in Red Feathers (50 miles northwest of Fort Collins). There are some 14 lakes in the area with 6 open to the public for trout fishing. We fished the private water and the action was exceptional. My best results were on CJ (Copper John) Streamer tied on a size 8 TMC 200R hook.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Black Bart Took 6 Carp in 2 Hrs

See the posting on 6/9/08. Yesterday this same fly took 4 bass from a local Boulder farm pond.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Swimming Clousers

Some 12 years ago Brad Befus turned me on to Swimming Clousers. It's his favorite Carp fly. If you don't fish them you're missing a good bet. This is my recipe which, as you might suspect, is different than Brad's. You can find his approach in the book he wrote with Barry Reynolds, Carp on the Fly.

Hook: TMC 200R in size 8 weighed with wire on the front half
Thread: UTC 140 Black or Orange
Tail: Golden brown hares mask
Body: Wapsi Crawdub...color to suit. I'm partial to burnt orange, rusty brown, brown olive,and brick. Suggestion: Buy all 12 colors and mix the shades to get exactly what you want.
Wing Case: Flat black Diamond Braid folded over
Thorax: Brown hen hackle pulled over Wapsi Crawdub tied in using a dubbing loop (split the thread). As an alternative tighten up the thorax dubbing and palmer the hackle.

There are lots of different renditions of this here for one I like.

Monday, June 9, 2008

A Simple Flies Produce Results

More often than not, it's the simple flies that produce excellent results and Black Bart is such a pattern. Watch for the July issue of the newsletter to learn how to tie it. If you can't wait that long, send me an email or place a comment on this posting. By the way, the fly caught 4 bass today during a two hour period....Paul Prentiss

Thursday, June 5, 2008

True or False

Do Bass in our local ponds like crayfish? This photo by Jay Zimmerman indicates a BIG YES. If you're going to be fishing warmwater, you sure ought to be carrying a few of these flies in reddish brown - sizes 6 and 4

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Try Warmwater Fishing

Want to learn how to target Bass and Carp? FRA has a number of staff members who can get you started. Tom Finley and Mark Riley went out with Paul Prentiss and Jay Zimmerman yesterday and had fun despite difficult weather - heavy wind and a bit of rain.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Second Place Finish

Jane Moody scores well in the FRA Warmwater Tournament with 4 fish the best of which was 25 1/2 inchers and 7-pounds. These fish were caught on a fly designed by Jay Zimmerman specifically for Carp.