Friday, May 29, 2009

The "Original" Nathan Streeter Fullback

For the pattern recipe and tying instructions click on “LoJ’s Fly Tying & Bug Stuff” in the LINKS OF INTEREST Section. ~ LoJ

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bead Head Fullback

For the pattern recipe and tying instructions click on “LoJ’s Fly Tying & Bug Stuff” in the LINKS OF INTEREST Section. ~ LoJ

Monday, May 18, 2009

Booya! Antero

I made it down to Antero Reservoir on Saturday and had a great day out on the water. We had to share the water with a few boats trolling and about 20 folks in belly boats. Even with all those people there was not shortage of fish to be caught. We started throwing streamers in the morning then when our arms got tired and the chronomids turned on we sat back and dragged a bobber. Both methods produced fish, lots of fish. The day was perfect for fishing, the canoe made it out on the water and had no problems because the wind didnt start blowing untill around 4pm.

Got to see someone land a 28 inch bow that weighed 12lbs (on a fly), he had to pull up anchor and chase the fish to get it to the boat. The fish ran him into his backing, unfortunately he could not revive the fish after such an epic fight.

If you haven't had a huge fish break you off in a while head down to Antero, where fish break 0X and 3X with ease. Pack some scuds, chromomids, and a few of your favorite leeches/streamers and enjoy the fight.

Friday, May 15, 2009

An eeZee Caddis Pattern

For the pattern recipe and tying instructions click on “LoJ’s Fly Tying & Bug Stuff” in the LINKS OF INTEREST Section on this blog page. ~ LoJ

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dries on the Green

Here is a clip and a few photos from last weekend on the Green below Flaming Gorge. We saw BWO's and Midges coming off almost all day...The fish are smart but dont have their masters in catchin, in another few years we could see some really smart fish. More to come about the Green in a later post, let me just say that" Even Evil Knivel crashed a bike or two along the way..."

Front Range Bass

With warm temperatures on the rise, Largemouth Bass are becoming more active.

Had a couple hours out over the weekend, and got on a few fish. I saw some bass in pre-spawn mode staking out areas to make a nest, with a lot of fish in the shallows. Even saw a few fish taking stuff off the top. All in all with the local water temps in the mid fifties Bass fishing is getting hot. Reports from Anglers all along the Front Range have been positive for most warm-water species. With run-off starting in earnest, it's a great time to take advantage of the great warmwater resources within a half hours drive from Boulder! We have a great selection of Bass flies, with several choices of streamers, baitfish, crawfish and poppers, so stop in and get the latest info on targeting these incredible fly-rod friendly, predators.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


This is a "KILLER" Pike pattern from the fertile mind of Jay Zimmerman.
For the pattern recipe and tying instructions click on “LoJ’s Fly Tying & Bug Stuff” in the LINKS OF INTEREST Section on this blog page. ~LoJ

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Sea Trout Fly

Strange as it may seem this pattern is doing extremely well on Sea Trout and Snook. I have no idea why but it just plain works! I came up with it just fooling around with some materials I had at hand. In addition, I wanted something that would show up well in the off-colored water.

Yak hair (white and yellow) top and bottom, orange and yellow barred rabbit strip, a few strands of flash, some blood red marabou tied in behind the head & under the wing, lead eyes, and white thread.

Spring Baetis

Baetis fishing has been good throughout the Western part of the country. We have been getting great reports from the Green, Bighorn, Grey Reef, Roaring Fork Valley, Arkansas and everywhere in between. Locally the Big Thompson and South Platte has been seeing great hatches.

We have some new very sexy and effective BWO patterns in stock, come by and check them out!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Big Thompson Update

Fish the Big Thompson the other day from Estes Dam down to Drake. The flow was around 100cfs. Today the flow was up to 131 cfs.

Weather was great, overcast, and a little chilly this is your best chance for Olives, on overcast days.

Picked up fish on both nymphs and dries. Chris Sager was using a double Dry rig throught the day and got fish in slow water, behing rocks. I followed behing him with a double nymph rig, and fished the deeper water.

BTS and a poision tung worked all day for nymphing. A Caddis Adult followed by a Para BWO picked up fish on top.

A Tale of Woe!

Last night before bed I posted the comment about Sea Trout fishing in the evening and I mentioned a fly that was producing well. I just happened to look down at previous posts and noted the article Jay wrote about our preoccupation with tying streamers. Getting hooks right is always a concern and I though to myself I wish a I'd brought along some Gamagusu hooks. The fly was tied on a Dai-Riki #930 saltwater hook in a size 4.

This morning I hit the beach for Snook. I wasn't expecting much the wind was blowing and the surf was a choppy. I decided to leave the fly on from the previous night. Maybe the sea trout would still be interested. For an hour I caught nothing but small Jacks and a couple of Lady Fish. I made a 70 foot cast identical to previous hundred or so when the rod was almost jerked from my hand. No way this could be a Snook. It had to be a King Mackerel that wandered in close to shore. He peeled off 75 yards of backing and with considerable pressure I turned him towards the beach. At 60 feet I saw his silhouette in a wave and he broke the surface with a lunge. It was far and away the largest Snook I've ever hooked. She (the females are the larger fish) had to be over 40 inches and maybe 18 pounds or more. Every time I got her close to the beach she took off. After 10 minutes I got concerned that the hook might work itself loose or she would break the 20-pound bite tippet off on the rocks or by cutting it with her gill plate.

By this time a crowd had gathered to watch the fight. I though to myself 'great no one is ever around when I catch a nice fish and this time I can get someone to take a picture'. Moments later and 10 feet from shore the hook straighten and she as gone! I'll never know but I'm guessing I would have landed this fish if I had been using a better hook!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

High 80's in Florida

Caught 5 tonight 18 to 23-inches on an orange colored Clouser style fly I tied this afternoon....will post a picture of the pattern when time permits.

One thing that's driving me crazy here is the lack of fly shops and hence a reasonable supply of fly tying materials. The only real option down here is Basspro which generally sucks unless your a bait fisherman. We have a better selection of saltwater flies and materials at Front Range Anglers in Colorado than anything I've seen here!


Monday, May 4, 2009

Platte-Rogers Park Restoration

Today I had the privilege of getting a first glance at latest Boulder Flycasters project, the Platte-Rogers Park Restoration. So what does two years of planning and $250,000 get you in Boulder County, a lot. This new half mile section of Boulder Creek has received a face lift to say the least. What was once shallow riffles and barren of fish is newly renovated and has every feature that you could think of, plunge pools, perfect riffles, deep runs, and glassy tail out sections that will explode with dries during a hatch. This water is sexy for lack of a better word; don't expect an Even G. Fine Park type of habitat, this water looks and fishes like a canyon creek should, but better.

Within a half hour of fishing I pulled out four fish, remember this is only days after there was a backhoe driving down the river, not too bad. I also had the privilege of being one of the first anglers to wander the entire half mile stretch with a rod in hand. I ran into Mark Riley and Roger Svendsen two of the Flycasters who made this possible and got to hear first hand about the project and the future this stretch of water.

At 104 CFS there were spots where the bottom was hidden from view, creating habitat that will winter over some bigger fish. Even when spring runoff hits this will be the spot to go, and when we hit the dog days of summer and the flow drops to 40 CFS this section will hold fish. A 10 minute drive up the canyon drops you at the Platte-Rogers Park area where browns, brooks, and bows live.

It is now up to us, fly fisherman, to educate the fish and keep them in the river before the folks with bait come and clean up what should be in the water. Check it out it's in great shape and waiting for some traffic.