Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Extraordinary Rainbows on the Kenai River in Alaska

Had to share this with those who chase big fish.  Terry Escamilla sent me this picture today of Dave Wilson, guide holding the fish, and a client with a rainbow taped at 40 x 22 on the Kenai River this weekend.  Its the biggest rainbow Dave has seen in 11 years of guiding on the river.
The Rainbow was caught on an 10mm bead...."Dave was using the same gear that we were the weekend before."  Caught just below the Naptown rapids near BFH (Big Fish Hole).

Landing a fish this size is a feat in itself!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Spooky Fish on Denver's South Platte

This Carp was caught today and hit 18-pounds on the boga.  I had another one in the same run that broke me off on 2X after a 10 minute tussle...I know he would have gone over 20-pounds.  Right now the fishing is pretty tough due to very low flows (139 cfs) and extremely spooky fish.  Both of these fish along with several others were caught on the Primodial Carp-Stew on a size 6 hook.....see our the September newsletter for how to tie it.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Arkansas River in Prime Condition

I spent today prowling the banks of the Arkansas below Salida looking for large rising rainbows.  When I found one I cold generally get him to eat a size 16 BWO with an accurate cast.  I found one fish that might have gone 25 to 27 inches but, I couldn't get him to eat.  about every five minbutes he would come up an take something right in the film.  I got refusal after refusal but it was a gas.  I probably spend an hour or so on this one fish.  Unfortunately, I forgot by large box of small dry flies.  I would probably still be there had I brought it along.

New Sage Bass 2 Fly Rod - Review

I got the chance to test out the new 2012 Sage Bass II Fly Rod today at Salt Creek in Illinois. Let me start with saying that im glad that Sage kept the same overly colored look and feel of the Bass series rods. Personally I really enjoy it. Reminds me of my first pole, an old Eagle Claw.

This is no pole. The Bass 2 is a real stick, but not "sticky" like the old one. The original Bass rod was overly stiff, stiff because it was cool to be stiff. In order to actually make good accurate casts, 30 feet of line was need to even flex the rod. If your cast was shorter than that you had to settle for whatever.

These issues have been laid to rest. The rod is deadly accurate in-close under 30 feet, as well as at distance. You do not sacrifice lifting power with the softer tip, just a whole lot more accuracy. The overall weight of the blank has been significantly reduced and the feel of the rod has been improved as well. This means even the lightest bites are better detected and you end up with more bass at the lip. Heavy flies or light flies land with precision where you want them. The additional hike in price is totally worth the benefits.

In a short few hours on the river I landed Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, and even a carp. Im happy to sell my old Bass rod to anyone who wants it because the new Sage Bass 2 is far better.

Find out more about the Sage Bass II, here.


Ruff Time on the Gunny.

While walking a brushy trail to scout the Gunnison River downstream from Almont, I was rudely greeted by two off-leash German Shepards whom I apparently spooked.

They proceeded to rip through my Simms G3s and grab hold of my leg. Needless to say, after some tailgate doctoring, my wife and I decided it would be best to head home.

The worst part of the trip...not being able to fish. What a jip.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Close to Home Fishing for Trophy Trout

Finding a good looking run Bruce Mardick hooks-up
Wow, this is a much better fish that anticipated
Its a very good rainbow
He's close to 20-inches
It just goes to show you that fishing the South Platte River in Downtown Denver on the corner of Evans and Santa Fe is never dull!  By the way, there were two homeless folks living under the bridge that enjoyed the action.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

50 Fish Day - Brookies & Cutts

Hook: TMC 2312 size 14
Body: Orange floss
Rib: Small copper wire
Butt: Chartruse UTC 70 thread - change to black after wrapping the body
Wing: Costal deer hair
Flash: One strand of krystal flash on each side of the wing
Thorax: Life Cycle - Peacock
Hackle: Grizzly Saddle

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall = Brook Trout in Spawning Colors

This fish was caught on the upper Poudre on Friday of last week.  I was fishing two Boulder Creek Caddis dry flies - a size 10 with a size 14 trailer.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

How to Fly Fish for Carp - With Barry Reyonlds

Barry Reyonlds out at one of his favorite metro Boulder/Denver lakes. See the video. Get great tips from the guy who wrote the book on Carp on the fly, oh yeah he did a full length DVD as well.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Possible new World Record Sunfish

How is this for a monster? Could you imagine this puppy on a 6 wt? Even for a gear guy this is pretty damn good. See the full story here.

2011 Carp Slam

"Conditions were perfect with a 180 cfs flow in the Urban South Platte, clear water for sight fishing, and hungry feeding carp. Seven of 16 teams scored cyprinus carpio (Common Carp), and seven of 16 teams scored non-carp (trout, bass, walleye).  Competitors were unsuccessful on only 2 of the 16 beats. Beats were lettered from the A at 104th Ave to P at Oxford Street. A late beat change to a huge River North beat divided it in half. Only beat C and N yielded only skunks. Approximately 32 fish were caught by the 32 competitors.

Pro Clint Packo gave amateur, but carp obsessed, Trevor Tanner credit for their victory. “When we switched to Trevor’s McTage’s Trouser Worm we just started knocked ‘em out of the park.”

Trevor said, “Listen, we hooked a lot of fish. We landed 4 of 17 hookups in the afternoon fishing at Confluence Park, just outside of Starbucks and REI.” All the competitors had similar stories. Luke Bever, fishing at 104th Avenue in Valdvere Park was about as far from Starbucks as you can get and lost 3 fish almost in the net before hooking one from the bike path bridge as time was running out. Unlike Clem Rinehart, the Carp Slam Event Chairman and  former competitor, in an identical situation in a previous Carp Slam, Luke had a plan for getting to the water. What he didn’t plan on was falling into the 3 foot drainage ditch hidden by tall grass. As a true competitor he didn’t lose tension in the line and the 22 1/2 inch carp was subdued into the net."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Labor Day Fishing Report - Diamond Lake

So this past weekend was "officially" the end of summer. It sure feels that way today in Boulder with gray skies and a bit of rain. Its sad to think about all the things that I had put on my mental tick list that I never got a chance to do. Fishing more in the High Country was at the top of that list. Since my family was in from out of town and wanted to see the mountains, I suggested a hike before throwing some Salmon on the grill in the afternoon.

Diamond Lake shown like a beacon on the map as I scouted for lakes that would offer great scenery for the family, a moderate hike, and descent fishing opportunities for me. A 2.4 mile hike in and ~870 foot elevation gain got us up to the lake in more than ideal conditions. I strung up my rod and began casting small bead head Aggravator Princes to the cutties that call the lake home.

A nice cutthroat tries to resist the inevitable.

Although descent size 10-14" these fish were snakes. I moved over to dries when I saw the caddis begin to pop off and the fish key into the surface. I landed a few more fish and on the walk back to the picnic before I popped one more fish. A nice Brook fat brookie to finish off my power hour on Diamond Lake.

Looks like the Brookies are getting ready for the fall. The colors were amazing.

The surface of the lake was covered in various types of food. Picking the wrong fly was hard.

Jessie locked and loaded for a few high country fish.

I hope that everyone enjoyed their summer and got to do at least half of what you had dreamed Summer 2011 would bring you.

If you did not cross off enough of your list, not to worry. This fall should be the best fishing we have seen in quite some time better get ready and clear your schedule.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Boulder Creek Report 8/29/11 - Grand Slam!

FRA Guide Andrew Zentner came back to the shop the other day with this grand slam of epic proportions.

Andy reports: "The day started off about as good as it could with a huge wild Boulder Creek Brown in the net. The fish took a small tung teaser behind a hopper on the third cast in the pool. This is the biggest brown that I have seen a client land this season. With a trophy brown under our belts I figured we should spend the rest of the day racking up numbers and going for the slam."

"We headed up the canyon, a bit closer the falls, to start to target some rainbows. Downsizing our rig we fished clown shoe caddis with a trailing copper john in a variety of colors, but green was the candy for the bows here."

"After knocking down a few bows we hopped in the car and buzzed up near Castle Rock to wail on a few brookies to complete our slam. I find a red Copper John really does the trick and we quickly started catching."

"A few fish later we really got rewarded with a cutthroat out of Boulder Creek to make our slam a Super Grand Slam!"

"This had to be one of the better days that we had out on Boulder Creek with many fish coming to hand, a huge monster brown, and a cutty." ~Andy

If you would like to have a day like this out on Boulder Creek, book a guide trip with Andy or one of our other guides for a day exploring all the front range has to offer. Needless to say that our client went home satisfied and tired from a full day wading the creek.