Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rock and Roll Bass.

Ever since the water finally went down a month or so ago, and the daytime temperature has risen into the 90s consistently, I have turned my attention to cold water and trout. The trout fishing has been fantastic--both on the Front Range and in the mountains. Please, go trout fishing.

But you mustn't forget our warmwater friends, also. Granted, the bite is fairly slow during a hot, stagnant day. That's why you have to grab your headlamp and venture out after dark. Bass are still eating--a lot. But they become even more nocturnal than normal when it's 95 degrees and sunny at 2pm on a Wednesday. The sun goes down, the temps go down, the bugs start dancing on the surface, the baitfish start feeding, and the bass gorge on the baitfish.

I've been finding them close to the cat tails, exactly where those little baitfish are slurping up dinner. With your headlamp, you can see a variety of bugs...mosquitoes, spiders, mayflies--playing around the cat tails. Looking at the water, you start to notice tiny wakes and pops on the surface. Fingerlings and small bluegills are looking up, patiently waiting on an insect to touch the surface. Then, every so often one of the largemouth will dart into the shallows to get mouthful of bluegill--violently and non-subtly.

If you can figure out about where the bass are cruising--which is generally a little deeper and little further out than the small guys--that's obviously where you want to target. I've had success plopping my Bellyache Minnow (nicely done, Mr. Kolanda) between where I think the baitfish are and where the bass are eyeballing them. Let sink, then strip. Try a variety of different strips--I like slower strips with longer pauses. On quite a few occasions, the bass will take your fly on the drop, so be ready for a tight line when you continue your strip! The takes are sudden, but not super-aggressive. You know they're on there, though.

Night fishing with bass poppers is a blast also! You're basically imitating one of those little baitfish, whether he's sipping bugs or he's hurt. Contrary to common belief, a dark popper is generally more effective than a lightly or brightly colored one (at least in my experience). I believe it casts a darker, more noticeable silhouette against the moonlit sky. And be sure to give it a good hard pop. Ever fish a Jitterbug on a bass pond at night? It creates a wake, makes a loud carrying noise, and pisses bass off. You can accomplish the same thing with a bass popper on a fly rod. Piss them off, and wait for the surface explosion!

It's a great time to be fishing in Colorado. You can rock 'n roll all night with bass, and party everyday with trout!

4 lb bucketmouth caught Monday night at 10:30pm


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Daaaannng!!! Dats Right - The Drake Film Awards

Oh man, give yourself a minute to relax, mix up a drink and watch a few of these great films. I got the chance to see these with all the sweaty drunk anglers down in New Orleans and each one gets better than the next!

Make sure to have a look at:
Doc of the Drakes - Voted Best Story. It really is an amazing story and short film.

Riding High - Voted Best Cinematography and Best Fishing. The ultimate 8 minutes of Tarpon on the planet!

Mexico Movie- Voted Best Humor and Video of the Year

Make sure to check out all of them here at the Drake.



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Mural at the Shop

The beginning of a new look here at Front Range Anglers. We are doing a mural on the east side of the building. What a great canvas for local artist Brian Odermatt. Stay tuned for progress on our mural.

Three Rivers, Three Cutthroat

Within the past four or five days, I've been able to hit a few rivers in search of everyone's good friend, the trout.

I'm not picky in the sense of solely chasing a particular species of fish, especially a particular species of trout. To me, that just sounds weird. If I catch all rainbows or all browns in a day...so be it, no big deal, trout are trout. But when I start catching an array of different species, I start to take notice and appreciate our local fisheries a bit more.

After work on Friday, I hit Boulder Creek up the canyon a ways. I was able to get in an hour or so before the sun started sinking and my stomach started grumbling. I did fair. A dozen or so browns and about as many flashes, short strikes, and misses. As the PMDs started hovering above the surface for their nightly happy hour, I decided to switch to...a PMD (duh). A light enough color that i could still see it in low light, and I was keeping my drifts close. The seven-inchers were eating it up.

Just as I made up my mind to pack it in, a "sizable" fish took my #18 with a voracious rise. As I landed the 13 incher, I quickly noticed that I had a beautiful cutthroat on my line, and not a rainbow. Nice! I set him on a rock and fumbled for my camera to get a quick snap shot, but he had other plans that included not laying still and getting back into the water. So you'll just have to take my word.

A couple days later brought a day trip to the Eagle, followed by a stop at the Blue on the way home. The Eagle was so-so--which is really not how you want to describe a four-hour round trip to a superb river. Again, about a dozen fish--obviously bigger than on BC--mostly on Stimulators. They just weren't that interested in anything subsurface. But again, on one of my last casts, I set the hook on a sizable fish. Another Cutt. This one about 15 inches. And again, a quick release with no picture.

As I headed back to the car, I slipped and busted my knees. I said "shit"...really loud. If fishing the Eagle, where cleats or felt. Rubber is worthless. Like walking on snot-covered bowling balls.

On the way back, I hit a beautiful--albeit not-too-productive--stretch of the Blue. A mix of small browns and rainbows entertained me for a couple hours. Then, you guessed it, on one of my last casts, a freaking Cutthroat.

Then I fell again. I hurt today.

The coolest part; they're being caught in places that you really don't associate with catching a ton of Cutthroat. Not like the Park.

I feel like a Major League Baseball player on a hitting streak. It's my Cutthroat streak. And although I'm only at three, that's like 20 in baseball player years. Or something like that.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Williams Fork & Heat

It was going to be a hot day on the front range...

What better way to cool of than wet wading in the high country. Cory, Chris, Matt and myself decided to head up to Williams Fork River. We took off early, coffee in hand, and were on the water by 8:30. By the time we hit the water the mosquito's were out in full force, and the sun was already beaming down on us.

The water looked amazing, picturesque runs and riffles seemingly loaded with fish. Within the first couple casts, Matt's line went taught and a nice rainbow came to hand with a Sz 8 Chubby sticking out of his mouth. We thought to ourselves that this is going to be a great day.

It went down hill from that first fish... We stuck with a dry dropper rig for the first couple hours. Fishing a Chubby (worked the best) or any big dry as our lead and trailed a BH Soft Hackle Caddis.

Due to the high sun and rising temps, we were forced to go deep and start nymphing.

We managed to catch fish deep nymphing, with BH Prince's, Pat's rubber leg stone, Shamwow PMD, and a Electric Caddis.

About 1 o'clock, the thunder heads were building and a storm was fast approaching. By 2 o'clock, it was right above us. Finally the fish start to key on dries and managed a few up top before getting chased out by the weather. It was the slight reprieve from the heat that triggered the fish and allowed us to enjoy some of our great Colorado fishing.

Always keep in mind, Respect Private property.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dry/Dropper Combo Producing on Boulder Creek

I was in the lower part of the Canyon today (Sunday) for several hours and saw very few fishermen.  They were probably all up on the Big T ... works fine for me.  Lots of nice fish in the 10 to 12-inch range came to hand using an Elk Hair Caddis with a copper Copper John on a 24-inch trailer.

I got hung up in a tree and was trying to pull by leader free when I noticed that I was upsetting some local residents.  Needless to say the tree scored my flies.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

International Fly Tackle Dealer Awards

Angling Trade magazine and MidCurrent today announced the
winners of the “Best of Show” awards at the International Fly Tackle
Dealer (IFTD) trade show in New Orleans.  The awards are for new fly
fishing products to be available in 2112.

Best of Show—Simms ProDry GORE-TEX Jacket, Bib, and Pants

1. Best Outerwear—Simms ProDry GORE-TEX Jacket, Bib, and Pants
2. Fly Rods, Freshwater—Sage “ONE”
3. Fly Rods, Saltwater—Sage “ONE”
4. Fly Reel, Freshwater—Hardy “Ultralite” Fly Reel
5. Fly Reel, Saltwater—Nautilus NV “Monster”
6. Fly Lines, Freshwater—Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Trout Stalker
7. Fly Lines, Saltwater—Airflo “Ridge” Floating Clear Tip Tropical Fly Line
8. Eyewear—Smith “Chief” with Techlite TLT Lenses
9. Wading Gear—Simms Freestone Stockingfoot Waders
10. Women’s-specific Product—Redington Women’s “Sonic-Pro” Waders
11. Youth-specific Product—CasTarget by The School of Fly Fishing
12. Eco-Friendly Product—Korkers Metalhead Wading Boot with “Svelte 2” Soles
13. General Apparel—Buff “Bug Slinger” Series UV
14. Fly Pattern, Freshwater—Jay Zimmerman’s “Texas Ringworm,” (Umpqua Feather Merchants)
15. Fly Pattern, Saltwater—Fish-Skull “Crafty Deceiver”
16. Fly Tying Material—Fish-Skull “Sculpin Helmet”
17. Fly Box/Storage System—Montana Fly Company “MFC Waterproof Boat Box”
18. BookFifty More Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, by Chris Santella (submitted by Angler’s Book Supply)
19. DVD—“Musky Country Zero 2 Hero” by Robert Thompson (submitted by Angler’s Book Supply)
20. Personal Watercraft—Water Master “Kodiak” Loaded Package
21. Gift Item—Montana Fly Company “MFC iPad Folder”
22. Luggage—Fishpond “Bumpy Road Cargo Duffel”
23. Accessory—Loon Outdoors “Nip & Sip”
24. Chest Pack/Vest—Rising “Flask Pack”

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Boulder Creek Grayling

In 45 years of fishing Boulder Creek I've never seen or talked with someone who had caught a Grayling.  At 5:00 this afternoon about a mile below Barker I caught a 14-incher on a size 18 caddis imitation with a black body and white wing.  I was totally stunned!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Carp or Bass Pattern

Hook: Dai-Riki 810 - size 6
Thread: UTC 140 Tan
Body: Orange, Olive, or brown goat hair
Tail: Grizzly marabou sand w/ brown grizzly marabou collar
Legs: Orange Sili legs with red tips - one on each side
Head:  Spirit River Real Eyes 5/32 in gold with holographic adhesive eves in the insert - seal with Tuffleye or epoxy

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I love Boulder Creek

Its funny, I just got back from a trip to Montana, Washington, and Oregon and got to see and fish a few of the "famous rivers" out there. I had a great time doing it, caught some nice fish, did not get to spend as much time figuring out the rivers or really getting to know them, but I shook there hands and got a feel for what they were all about. Did not get to fish all of the best spots on the river, time was a factor after all. I waded in some amazing stretches of water, explored endless possibilities on the maps, and I plan on doing the same trip again when I can spend 2 months doing it.

But it was not until last night when I went down to my home pool the one I always fish on Boulder Creek that I found out just how lucky we all are to have a resource as unbelievable as Boulder Creek right in our backyard. The fishing last night was exceptional! Not many fish rising so I nymphed, and proceeded to have more fun catching 6-14 inch browns one after another.

It is rivers like Boulder Creek that people are trying to find on these fishing pilgrimages that they take from time to time. We are lucky enough to have that right here running through downtown Boulder.

So take a moment and head over to our local gem, stop by the shop and grab a few choice flies and spank some nice wild browns.

Man it feels good to be home.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Boulder Boatworks River Rendevous

From Boulder Boat Works:

A gathering for those who own – and those who want to own Boulder
Boat Works driftboats. Let’s get together for some fun and fishing.
When: August 12, 13, 14, 2011 (Friday – Sunday)
Where: Big Horn River at Fort Smith, Montana
Activities include:
•    BBW boat gathering
•    BBQ & Beer
•    New products and new feature demos
•    Trailer driving contest
•    BBW swag, door prizes… and oh yeah, we can go fishing!
We will be staying at Cottonwood Campground. If you would like to join in the fun, please email or call 720-565-0789 to let us know you are coming.

Boulder Boat Works, Inc.
email: info@boulderboatworks.com • phone: (720) 565-0789
5853 Rawhide Court – Unit C, Boulder, C