Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Midwest Trout & Steel

Headed back to the midwest last week and had a chance to do some angling with my cousin Anthony. Anthony, an avid angler, took me to a few of his favorite spots in Wisconsin's Driftless Area and famed Great Lakes tributaries. We had time to talk of old times and wander around like we did as little kids.

The Driftless Area is a one of a kind place with a lot of character. Rolling hills give way to beautiful pastures and spring creeks with suprising numbers of trout. Hitting undercut banks along these cow pastures with leeches seemed to really do the trick as we landed numbers of Brown, Rainbow, and Brook Trout.
 
After the Driftless Area, I finally got a chance to throw flies in Steelhead territory. My cousin Anthony really led the way with his Spey Rod (A beautiful instrument by the way), loosing two huge "Lake Run" fish before finally landing a chrome Steelhead bright enough to blind a man. Towards the end of the day, I had lost one big 10 lb buck. My cousin really did his homework though, and being the great fisherman he is, finally put a friend and I both on numerous fish. Steelhead really take you for a ride, with numerous long runs and high leaps. If you haven't had a chance to battle with one, you need to.
The Midwest can truly "represent" and the fishing is nothing short of phenomenal. If you ever get out there, get together with an avid fisherman and great things can happen.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Brown & Blue Chironomidge (13 Steps To Success)

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

Friday, March 26, 2010

CALL IF YOU CARE! TODAY!!!

ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH UTAH'S STATE LAW PASSED LAST YEAR GRANTING PUBLIC ACCESS THROUGH PRIVATE LAND IS CURRENTLY IN PROCESS OF BEING REVERSED. THIS BILL HAS BEEN PASSED THROUGH STATE SENATE AND SITS ON THE GOVERNERS DESK. THE GOVERNER IS RECIEVING PHONE CALLS TODAY TO GATHER PUBLIC OPINION ON THE MATTER. THIS PHONE CALL TAKES TWO SECONDS AS THEY ONLY NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE IN FAVOR OF BILL 141 OR AGAINST (YOU WANT IT VETOED).
IF THIS ISSUE SOUNDS FAMILIAR IN COLORADO YOU WOULD CORRECT, AND SUPPORT OF VETOING THIS BILL IN UTAH WOULD SEND A MESSAGE TO COLORADO LAWMAKERS AGAINST TRYING SOMETHING SIMILAR HERE.


CALL 801-538-1000 AND TELL THEM TO VETO BILL141!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Huge Simms Pre-Season In!


We just got our Simms preseason in, this means we have all sizes and colors of the new 2010 gear and your old favorites. We are fully stocked with all your fishing needs from hot new flies to new Vibram Rubber wading boots. FRA has all the gear you need for pre-runoff fishing.

Come in and get yours before we sell out!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Roaring Fork Vally Report

A foolish rainbow falls victim to another bead-head hook. Pissed off and strong he was landed near 3 Mile Creek.

You need to trust that your first choice is usually the right choice. This lesson has been taught to me on the water and in life. With reports of the Roaring Fork as "silly" it was determined the valley would be the obvious choice for the weekend getaway. I began to second guess the decision upon finding out the I-70 West and East was closed by a rock slide in Glenwood Canyon and that the only way into the valley was a 200+ mile detour. This is the moment that led my mind to wander of other possibilities of monumental fishing opportunities.

My finger landed on the Colorado River near Kremmling the ice should be gone and the fish ready to eat.We hit the dirt around 11pm and cracked a few fresh coors that were stashed in back and cheered to thought of big browns in the morning. It was a few minutes later that we actually saw the river...10 feet of big thick white shelf-ice covered both banks. Tails between out legs we hopped back in the car and drove off towards Glenwood.

Typical brown from the confluence of the Fork and the Colorado.

By 10am the next morning we were killing fish on large rubberlegs, prince nymphs, and a rainbow of midges under clear skies and 60 degree temps. I knew that the Fork was the right choice but it took failing to completely understand that my first reaction is the one that must be trusted and followed.


A fresh looking rainbow from near Carbondale.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

GMO Rainbow Trout - NO WAY!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVx9m3ucGcY


This is one of the grossest things that I have seen in a long time. If we really want to destroy all of the few remaining genetically pure fish populations we will release this fish into the wild for some extra meat on our table. No way no how! Have we learned nothing?

Luck 'o' de Irish - So Far So Good!



Happy St Patties Day, tough to complain when its a sweltering 70 degrees out and not a cloud on the horizion. On a day like this have a beverage of choice and grab a dry fly and catch the huge midge hatch that has been blowing up on the creek lately.

I finally got a chance to get out and fish Boulder Creek for a bit last night after work. Pulled into the Justice Center parking lot at 5:15 and headed down to the river with my 7.5 3wt strung up with a single size 18 parachute Adams and proceeded to kill it. I worked up a few great little runs and hit any slick water and the tail-out of the riffles with great success. I mean it was typical BC with many of the browns under 8 inches, but I had one nice rainbow that was 12" that decided to eat a drowned dry on a bad drift.

By the time the sun had left the river and I was done fishing the time read 7:20! I love daylight savings time and the warm weather that we have been experiencing.

Its not too late now, Get Out and FISH!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fishing Report - Dream Stream + San Juan 2010

Trip Journal ---

Friday March 5th or early March 4th

Sunrise on the Dream Stream

Time to get out of town, after rigging up my rods, packing the camping gear and obsessing about a weekend of big fish and great beatis hatches, I finally fell asleep. The alarm went off at 4am and I said goodbye to my girlfriend and hopped in the car and got down to the Dream.
There is something about arriving at the dream stream in the pre-dawn hours that really makes that stream live up to its name. Instead of dreaming in my bed, I sat half awake in the car hoping that the fishing was what we had heard it was going to be.

Nice Rainbow, 27.5inces on the tape maybe 7lbs.

Let me say this, it was good, but not great. There were fish in the system, but not a ton of fish, we are waiting for one more big push of water to get that river super fishy. With that all said and done we managed to get a few nice fish to hand. I caught many of the same fish that Rob had caught last Tuesday, meaning that they were sticking to the holes and not moving around a whole bunch. No bedding fish or fish in the riffles.

Lots of Snake Rivers in the system, had a lot of fun with those.

The bite began to die around 3 so we packed up, got into the car and headed down to the San Juan below Navajo res in search of some "silly" beatis hatches. After a quick soak at Pagosa Springs we set up camp and passed out.

Another 6 hours to the Juan from the Dream...

We woke up to clear blue skies and temps already in the 50's. We thought that we were going to be in for a treat. Grabbed a cup of the dark stuff, a few burritos and got down the dirt lot to discover masses of vehicles, and swarms of anglers.

Breakfast of Champions...

So we busted ass and hiked upstream to the area between the two parking areas. Found a nice piece of water, the three island run, and posted up. Bugs were hatching and we were seeing the occasional rise. Thought that we had it made, no other waders, just a few other boats...like 4, and a lot of water work. It wasent till after we worked up and down the run to only catch a few. Even the guide boats that were lapping the run had to do three or four laps till a client would hook up. Slow...Busted out of there and got up to the damn section. Had to box our way upstream and got a few looks for doing it, but had the section below the cable to ourselves.

Sweet! Yet there were no fish rising to these.

Just look at the crowds, the word was out! Yet no one was hooking up.

Got a few nice fish on eggs and tiny midges, sz 22 in black and red and came to the conclusion that this was not going to be worth fishing another day.

Andy Hooked up on the Three Island Run.

Back on the road heading towards the dream once again.
Sunday morning...March 7th

Lots of ice floating down river...

Lots of ice coming down the river, but by 8:30 it was gone and the fish were lined up looking like they were ready to feed. Made a few casts, nothing, a few more, no fish. Changed the rig and presented again. To our surprise these fish were so tight lipped that sz 22 flies and 6x tippet became the only way to get hooked up. The smaller fish were willing to take an egg, but the big boys wanted nothing to do with it.

Finally a nice rainbow to hand.

I believe that we put the hurt on the fish on Fri, Sat someone else got in there and snagged or caught them and by Sun these fish were beat up. I did see more beds that had been cleaned off and caught a few sitting at the top of a few runs, but until this river sees another bump in flow, fishing will continue to be hard, or if anglers give these fish a rest. Please dont try and snag fish, that doesn't count!

My conclusions on the trip, dont drive to NM to fish for one day, if you had a good day tomorrow is a much different day, and hot springs make life better.

Best of luck out there...

Friday, March 5, 2010

Need a Spring Fix?


Need to shake off the winter blues and convince yourself that spring is coming? How about an arm pulling up at Mother Lake? Guide Wallace Westfieldt tested the waters this past week and the fishing is best described by pictures. Yes it is good. If throwing streamers to five pound fatties is your cup of tea, call and book a half or full day trip to Sylvan Dale. It's been a long winter and who deserves it more than you? (Bellyache minnows are the current meat of choice and are available at the shop) To read more: http://www.mudbugco.com/flyfish/
To buy some BellyAche Minnows:
http://frontrangeanglers.com/catalog/bellyache-minnow-fly-selection

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What Fly Shops Never Tell You

Our customers are great, but here is something from BloodKnot.net that will reveal how shops really feel about customers. These are pretty funny, can you pick yourself out of the list?


GARY. (Male, 56) A steady flow customer that keeps the fly shop up to date on Wal-Mart’s pricing. Will buy a new rod and reel every year as long as the shop does not tell Mrs. Gary. Similar to Mr. Willy Bugger but has a true passion for the sport. Does not tie flies, wants pricing by the dozen. ANNUAL FISHING DAYS = 40.

HUGE TRUCK McFUCK. (Male, 20 to 30) Has a super hot girlfriend with him every time and leaves truck running outside blasting hip-hop. Wants black waders and wading boots. Will spend huge dollars on Sage, G. Loomis, and any reels made in gold colors. Cannot tie flies. Brings in pictures of trout on an i-phone and has a buddy who also wants to get into this “shit”. Buddy also has super hot girlfriend. ANNUAL FISHING DAYS = 25.


See the rest of the list, here.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Click here to buy your tickets
Click Here to see a few of the unique items available in the live auction.
 
The focus this year has been on destination fishing trips.  There will be over 50 to choose from - adventures on local rivers and lakes to Wyoming, Montana, the Florida Keys, Mexico, and New Zealand.  Many of these trips are not available for purchase at any price because the host may no longer guide.  For instance, how about a one-on-one carp clinic by the perennial winner of the South Platte Carp Slam, a night time trip for trophy bass, a weekend package to fish the Red Feather Lakes, a trip down the Black Canyon during height of the Stonefly hatch, and the list goes on!