Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hoppertunity Time on Local Streams

Large Stimulator and hopper style patterns are producing consistent action on local streams. If you're not a fly tyer, we have a nice selection at the shop.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Warmwater Bite good Early and Late

SLUURP! I don't know of anyone that doesn't enjoy a topwater bite you can hear! Topwater baits are still drawing strikes early and late in the day on most of our ponds and lakes. Myself and FRA guide Patrick Knackendoffel had a chance to chase smallies @ Horsetooth Res. this past week. Although the Res. is dropping dramatically fishing was good early dropping off as the sun hit the water. Shad imitations on sinktip lines produced occasional fish suspended near dropoffs after things got bright. If the water elevations settle expect fishing to improve- cloudy days will also extend the action.As on most of our local gravel pits, frog patterns proved appetizing (can't say I've ever seen a frog @ horsetooth, but oh well) in sizes #1/0 -4.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Thompson fishing and flows up & down.

Flows have been a little up and down this past week but when the flows have been 150 or less, fishing has been red hot on the lower Thompson. Cooler weather combined with good water has conditions prime. A few PMDs and Baetis have been hatching along with Caddis, and Midges-particularly on the upper 4 or so miles beneath the dam. The flow today was back over 300 cfs but expect these flows to come back down by the end of the week.
Dry fly fishing has been good through the pocket water with Stimmies, Hoppers and Caddis. Peacock PMX in size 12 proved effective for me, catching browns to 15". On overcast afternoons make sure you carry a few Baetis/ PMD imitations. I prefer and recommend anything that sits nice and low in the film such as a comparadun or cripple.
Nymphing has been consistant with smaller #16-20 mayfly imitations. Pandemic BWO in size18 (pictured in the bow's mouth above) has been my go to fly all summer on the T, but the same pattern in PMD, JuJu Baetis, Barr Emerger, RSII's, PT's, sowbugs and small Caddis pupa are all safe options. If fishing beneath the Dam midges become more important. If you must fish through the higher flows worms, Stones, and large sowbugs trailed with the previous should produce, just remember that the fish don't want to buck the current anymore than you do. Look for soft water, and don't walk through the edges without making a few casts!

Monday, August 18, 2008

A Dry/Dropper rig produced quite a few nice fish several miles up Boulder Canyon today. The lead fly was an orange beetle and the point was a blue CJA. If you want to see how to tie it, look at the August Newsletter or click here

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Early Morning Carping at Union

Using a size 8 Swimming Clouser I caught three nice carp this morning at Union Res. in Longmont. This fly was very lightly weighted to keep it from tangling in the weeds - just enough lead to get it down so the fish could see it.