Monday, August 27, 2012

Big Thompson Report

I fished the Big-T today in the upper part of the canyon (1 to 2 miles downstream).  It was all dry fly action.  The flows at around 62 cfs dropped about 20 cfs from Saturday and early Sunday.  The water was a bit off color (probably the rain) but the fish didn't seem to mind and came up eagerly for the flies in every likely run.  One pattern, the XO, consistently drew the most strikes.  I use it a lot on South Boulder Creek.  Since it was already rigged up, I started with it.  I was using two dries - the XO (size 16) followed by a red quill parachute (size 18) 30-inches apart on a 10-foot leader with 6X tippet.

Turned out to be a pretty good day to go since it was a bit overcast and almost no fishermen.

Recipe for the XO
Hook: TMC 3769 size 16
Thread: Lagartun 74 amber or brown
Wing: Bleached deer hair
Underwing: Gold flash tied in short (1/2 the wing length)
Dubbing: Fine synthetic with contrasting colors - one of the colors ought to be brown or olive.
Tail: Antron golden yellow (optional)
Legs: Montana Fly Co Centipede legs small in a color to suit the tier

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Get Ready for Streamers

"Next to dry-fly fishing, the most visual fly fishing experience you can have is by fishing streamers. September often yields some of the very finest streamer fishing of the year. The streamers that we fish imitate sculpins and juvenile trout. Warmer, more natural colored hues are often best. Sculpzillas, autumn splendors, ziwis, sacrileges and stingin' sculpins are proven streamer patterns in sizes 4-8. My personal favorites include the zombie apocolypse, sex dungeon and articulated fathead. The time is now!"…..Travis Lyons, Special for The Aspen Times.

Our September Newsletter that will be released in the next week or so has a special focus on streamers with two new exciting patterns from our signature fly tier, Rich Strolis.  In October we will be presenting a Saltwater edition with new leading edge baitfish patterns from another signature tier, Drew Chicone.  If you are not getting this electronic news magazine click here to subscribe.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Skulpin Bunny ... tie them for fall streamer action

Fish-Skull™ Skulpin Bunny won Best New Freshwater Fly at the 2012 International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) show in Reno, Nevada.  It is tied using the award winning Sculpin Helmet ("Best in Show" award at IFTD 2011), this fly is simple, but authentic sculpin pattern that looks and performs in a realistic, imitative manner.  Front Range Anglers carries these and other complementary products from Flyman Fishing Company.

These patterns are incredibly easy to tie and are dynamite on rivers through out Colorado.

Hook:  Size #4, standard streamer, 4XL, down-eye (or similar)
Head:  Sculpin Helmet, small size, color brown or olive (as per the fly variation being tied).
Eyes:  3.0mm, gold 3D (included in package).
Thread:  Strong 3/0 or similar thread, color brown or olive (as per the fly variation being tied).
Tail and Back:  Hareline Dubbin, rabbit strip, straight-cut (1/8″ wide), color as per the fly variation being tied.
Body and Fins:   Hareline Dubbin, rabbit strip, cross-cut (1/8″ wide), color as per the fly variation being tied.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

South Platte in Denver for Carp

Very low flows and lots of floating moss that will drive you nuts, but the fish are there in the deeper runs.  Here is the fish I caught

Here is the fish my friend, Bruce Mardick, caught....17 pounds on the Boga.

I think size is way overrated!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back to the Roaring River in RMNP

For whatever reason I've simply not taken the time over the last eight years to hike the Lawn Lake Trail and fish the Roaring River for Greenbacks.  But today was the day I set aside for this visit.

Its been way too long.  I've spent too much time focusing on larger trout.  These fish are the essence of why I fly fish for trout.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Flows are Down & Dry Dropper Fishing is Excellent

This Brown took a Psycho Prince size 14 rigged 24-inches behind a size 8 Amy's Ant.   He was one of 1/2 dozen caught in a couple of hours this morning.  Ike is making sure the fish is properly released...he likes to watch them swim away.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Morning in Lyons

Fishing the Chubby again but the fish would bump it and slap at it but not take it.  However, the trailing nymph was another matter.  It was set up about 36 inches behind the Chubby.  I had tied up a few of these a few weeks ago because I thought they might prove worthwhile.

Hook: Dai Riki 060 (1X strong/1X long)
Thread: Laguarten 95 tan or brown
Body:  Uni Floss single strand in amber over wrapped with  copper UTC wire (no coating of any kind)
Bead: Montana Fly Black Nickel (tungsten would have been a better choice .... I had to use some small split shot to get it down deep enough in the current)
Hackle: Dark brown hen - 3 or 4 turns