Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Picking Pockets on Boulder Creek

One of the most productive ways to fish Boulder Creek is to hit all the small pockets on the far side of the creek with a high floating dry fly that can remain buoyant in fast water.  To get a drag free float use a short line mostly leader (I use a 7 1/2 tapered 5X) and a long rod (a Hardy/Greys Streamflex 10-foot 3-weight) which can hold the line above the current.  The best approach is either directly across stream or a cast angled downstream.  Bank foliage means youy will be roll casting.  The 10-foot Streamflex is particularly good at handling these casts.  You can add a bead head dropper but I don't bother for two reasons.  First, I want to catch the fish on dries.  Second, the dropper gets hung up and just complicates the process.  In two hours of fishing this morning I caught and released some 30 fish.


  1. What are your favorite patterns to use?

  2. You known, I don't have any one pattern that is the "best" I like Royal Wulffs, Humpies (shat I was using the other day, Snowshoe Caddis, Parachute Adams, Thingamabody ants, etc. The main thing is you want a fly that can handle the turbulent water and that you can clearly see in size 14 and 16. Larger flies will take fis but you'll get a lot more short strikes