May 1st - May 17

Conditions: Varied Spring conditions with opportunistic fishing sessions when conditions allow. I fished on three coaasions, 3-4 hours each.
Rainbow Trout: 25
Brown Trout: 14
Miss/loss: 8
Total Fish : 32

 

April 23rd, 2018

Conditions: Warm, Mostly sunny. 77ºF
Moon: 52% Waxing Gibbous
Barometer: 30.02
Location Code: 5
Time Fished: 5 hours
Rainbow Trout: 14
Brown Trout: 5
Miss/loss: 5
Total Fish : 19

Flies Used: 

  • #8 Tan Spring Stone Jig - 2 fish
  • #16 Black Pheasant Tail Jig - 10 fish
  • #16 Copper Brown Pheasant Tail - 3 fish
  • #16 Gray Quil Jig - 4 Fish

April 20th, 2018

Conditions: Overcast, snow front approaching
Moon: 20% Waxing Crescent
Barometer: 28.8
Location Code: Boulder Creek
Time Fished: 3 hours
Rainbow Trout: 1
Brown Trout: 15
Miss/loss
Total Fish : 16

Flies Used: 

  • #18 Gray Tan Perdigon
  • #18 Pheasant Tail Jig
  • #18 Zika Baetis

April 18th, 2018

Conditions: Sunny mild, upper 50º's.
Moon: 10% Waxing Crescent
Barometer: 30.25
Location Code: 5
Time Fished: 3.5 hours
Rainbow Trout: 7, all  measured 16-19"
Brown Trout: 20, 8 measure 16-18"
Miss/loss: 2
Total Fish : 27

Flies Used: 

  • #8 New, Stoned Fly Jig - 14 Fish
  • #16 Pheasant Tail Jig - 13 fish

Notes: Short outing and excellent results. No bugs observed above the waterer surface. Brachycentrus caddis are now undergoing pupation. The spring caddis could off within the next two weeks. 54º water temperatures for a few days in a row are temps are now needed.


April 16th, 2018

Conditions: Partly cloudy, windy lower 60ºs.
Moon: New Moon
Barometer: 29.93
Location Code: Area 51
Time Fished: 3.75 hours
Rainbow Trout: 4
Brown Trout: 11
Miss/loss: 0
Total Fish : 15

Flies Used: 

  • #14 Pink Bead Frenchie - 2 fish
  • #12 Sexy Orange - 3 fish
  • #18 Gray/Tan Perdigon - 3 fish
  • #18 BWO Stalcup's CDC Emerger - 4 fish
  • #18 Olive Gray CDC parachute - 3  fish

Notes: Area 51 has had a lot of visitors with the daily Baetis hatches being the star of the afternoon matinee. 


April 10th, 2018

Conditions: Partly cloudy, lower 60ºs.
Moon: 20% Waning Crescent
Barometer: 29.99
Location Code: 3
Time Fished: 2.75 hours
Rainbow Trout: 4, 1 = 21"
Brown Trout: 5, 1 = 18", 1 = 20"
Miss/loss: 1
Total Fish : 9

Flies Used: 

  • #14 Pink Bead Frenchie - 1 fish
  • #12 Sexy Orange - 2 fish
  • #10 Bank Maggot - 4 fish
  • #18 Zika Baetis Jig - 2 fish

Notes: Today was the kind of spring fishing that I love so much. Very few boats on the water, a bit of color and perfect flows. I only fished a single location but managed 2 fish over 20" and an 18" fish among a handful of juveniles. Caddis are starting to hatch with bronze colored midge pupa and Baetis nymphs in gastric samples of several fish. 

Twenty one inch rainbow trout taken on the Sexy Orange.


April 10th, 2018

Conditions: Sunny, cool, lower 40ºs.
Moon: 28% Waning Crescent
Barometer: 30.35
Location Code: 1
Time Fished: 1.5 hours
Rainbow Trout: 1
Brown Trout: 4
Miss/loss: 0
Total Fish : 5

Flies Used: 

  • #10 Pink Bunny - 3 fish
  • #8 TB Brindle Bug - 2 fish

Notes: I Needed to get out in the morning before spending the day working in the studio. I'm not a fan of the current river levels, it creates unusual hydraulics in my favorite pools and fish avoid them.

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April 9th, 2018

Conditions: Sunny Warm, mid 60's low 70's.
Moon: 38% Waning Crescent
Barometer: 30.35
Location Code: 11
Time Fished: 2 hours
Rainbow Trout: 1
Brown Trout: 6
Miss/loss: 2
Total Fish : 7

Flies Used: 

  • #12 Bank Maggot - 3 fish
  • #16 Zika Midge - 4 fish

Notes: A river of rain had pelted the region for a couple of days temporarily elevating river flows and turbidity. I'm not one to stay home because conditions are less than optimal. I needed a break from fly tying and head out to the Canyon where I knew the water would be less turbid than on the Roaring Fork. Water clarity was poor with less than three feet of visibility but I was still able to catch some fish proving once again that you can find fish in dirty water.
 
Today's high and turbid water did not stop the Baetis hatch or from fish feeding on them.

 

 Enough visibility to get some fishing done.

Enough visibility to get some fishing done.

 Mostly 13-14" Brown trout today.

Mostly 13-14" Brown trout today.


April 5th, 2018

Conditions: light haze, mid 40's.
Moon: 76% Waning Gibbous
Barometer: 30.12
Location Code: 1
Time Fished: 4 hours
Rainbow Trout: 9. Sizes: 1 - 22", 4 - 16"
Brown Trout: 5. Sizes: 1 - 17"
Miss/loss: 4, 2 knot failures, 2 unpinned.
Total Fish : 14

Flies Used: 

  • #12 Sexy Orange, 7 fish
  • #16 Copper Bead PT Jig, 2 fish
  • #16 Nickel Bead Black PT Jig, 5 fish
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April 3rd, 2018

Conditions: Sunny, upper 40's.
Moon: 90% Waning Gibbous
Barometer: 30.17 stready
Location Code: 5
Time Fished: 5 hours
Rainbow Trout: 5 - Sizes: 3 that measured > 16"
Brown Trout: 11  - Sizes: 6 measured 17-18", 1 measured 20"
Miss/loss: 2
Total Fish : 16

Flies Used: 

  • #18 Copper and Olive jig - 16 fish. Gastric samples all baetis.
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April 2nd, 2018

Conditions: Sunny, high 60's.
Moon: 96% Waning Gibbous
Barometer: 29.7 - falling
Location Code: Area 51, 9
Time Fished: 4 hours
Rainbow Trout: 9
Brown Trout: 3
Miss/loss: 0
Total Fish : 12

Flies Used: 

  • #18 Copper and Olive jig - 12 fish. Gastric samples all baetis.

Note: The Barometer is falling as a fast moving storm is blowing through. High winds today. Found two pools holding respectable fish. 8 fish over 14" today with one at 18".


March 30th, 2018

Conditions: Partly cloudy and low 50's.
Moon: 98% Full
Barometer: 30.14
Location Code: 3
Time Fished: 1.5 Hours
Rainbow Trout: 2  
Brown Trout: 2
Miss/loss: 1
Total Fish : 4

Flies Used: 

  • #18 zika Jig - 2 fish
  • #12 Sexy Orange - 2 fish

Note: No hatches observed, Multiple gastric sample with nothing.
Short and  so-so fishin. Wind was above my tolerance threshold. Orders to fill.


March 28th, 2018

Conditions: Cloudy and cold with afternoon snow flurries, 44ºF.
Moon: NA
Barometer: NA
Location Code: 6, 5
Time Fished: 5.5 Hours
Rainbow Trout: 12  
Brown Trout: 6
Miss/loss: 2
Total Fish : 20

Flies Used: 

  • #18 zika Jig

Note: No hatches observed, Gastric sample yielded baetis nymphs. Streamers also working with fishing companion.

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 A streamer hooked brown

A streamer hooked brown


March 27th, 2018

Conditions: Sunny warm 55º
Moon: 36% Waning Crescent
Barometer: 30.09
Location Code: Area 51
Time Fished: 4.0 Hours
Rainbow Trout: 10  
Brown Trout: 16
Total Fish : 26

Flies Used: 

  • #18 zika Jig
  • #18 Copper Bead Olive PT Jig

Note: Baetis and large midges at mid day.

March 22nd, 2018


Conditions: 36º- 45º Mostly cloudy with intermittent sunshine
Moon: 36% Waning Crescent
CFS: 374
Barometer: 30.2
Moon: 21% Waxing Crescent
Location Code: 10
Time Fished: 5.0 Hours
Rainbow Trout: 1  
Brown Trout: 5
Miss/Loss: 2
Total Fish : 8
CPU: 1.2 (Catch per unit of effort)

Flies Used: 

  • #10 Soft Tan Stone - 2 FIsh
  • #14 Gray/Green Czech - 1 fish
  • #18 Gray Perdigon - 1 Fish
  • #14 Matte Black Bead Dark Spike Jig - 1 fish

Note: Today, I dedicated 30% of my angling time exploring an unfamiliar pool. I also revisited a stretch of water that I have not finished since last spring. While the day began off well producing two decent sized fish, I needed to cover a lot of water to land four more fish. I suspect the pool was exhausted from a previous anglers recent visit. I presume that heavy angling pressure at this location put the fish down.

Fish in freestone streams may not quickly recover from encounters with anglers. In fact, It can often take a day or two to for fish recover. Consequently, a simple courtesy formed on freestone streams to allow at least 100 yards of space between other anglers.

  Baetis, Hydropsyche  and  Chironomids  on the menu.

Baetis, Hydropsyche and Chironomids on the menu.

 Blushing Blue Brownie and a Tan Soft Stone Jig.

Blushing Blue Brownie and a Tan Soft Stone Jig.


March 21st, 2018

Conditions: 27-36º Cloudy, snowing
Moon: 12% Waxing Crescent
Barometer: 30.22.
Moon: 21% Waxing Crescent
Location: Yampa River, Downtown Public Access
Time Fished: 1.75  hours
Rainbow Trout:  6
Brown Trout: 2 with 1@17"
Miss/Loss: 1
Total Fish : 9
CPU: 4.58 (Catch per unit of effort)

Flies Used: 

  • #18 Copper Bead Olive PT Quill -  2 fish
  • #14 Gold Faceted Bead Hares Ear 3 fish
  • #18 unweighted Black Flashback Pheasant Tail us upper dropper.

Note: I had just two hours to get some fishing in and do a short French and Czech Nymphing Demonstration. Micro black stoneflies hatching so the small black pheasant tail as an upper dropper worked well.

 This is what the first full day of spring looked like for me. Cool, cloudy and it snowed heavy for about 45 minutes. not to worry, I will soon be seeking respite from the heat and sun of summer.

This is what the first full day of spring looked like for me. Cool, cloudy and it snowed heavy for about 45 minutes. not to worry, I will soon be seeking respite from the heat and sun of summer.

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March 20th, 2018

Conditions: 27º-46º sunny
Moon: 12% Waxing Crescent
CFS: 360 CFS
Barometer: 30.22.
Moon: 12% Waxing Crescent
Location: 1, Pig Trough
Time Fished: 5.0 hours
Rainbow Trout:  12 with 1 = 17", 2 = 18", 1 = 19" 
Brown Trout: 11 with 1 = 17", 1 = 20"

Miss/Loss: 8
Total Fish : 31

Flies Used: 

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March 19th, 2018

Moon: 6% Waxing Crescent
CFS: 360 CFS
Conditions: 27º-46º sunny
Barometer: 30.22.
Moon: 2% Waxing Crescent
Location: 3, 6
Time Fished: 2.0 hours
Rainbow Trout:  6 with 1@16#, 1@18"
Brown Trout: 6 with 1@17"
Cutthroat: 0
Miss/Loss: o
Total Fish : 12

Flies Used: 

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March 13th, 2018

Conditions: Sunny 34-62º
Barometer: 30.14 Steady.
Moon: 14% Waning Crescent
Location: Area 51
Time Fished: 6.0 Hours
Rainbow Trout: 6, 1@16, 1@18, 1@20"
Brown Trout: 47  
Miss/Loss: 11
Total Fish : 66

Flies Used: 

 20" post spawn hen.

20" post spawn hen.


March 12th, 2018

Conditions: Cloudy morning, sunny midday 28°-60º
Barometer: 30.24 Steady.
Moon: 22% Waning Crescent
Location: 1
River Flows:  374 CFS -  steady for four days
Time Fished: 5.25 Hours
Rainbow Trout: 10, 1@20"
Brown Trout: 7  
Cutthroat: 0
Miss/Loss: 5
Total Fish : 23

Flies Used: 

 Stretching the tape measure out at 20". Mondo Rubber Legged Hare's Ear fly of choice.

Stretching the tape measure out at 20". Mondo Rubber Legged Hare's Ear fly of choice.


March 9th, 2018

Today was an awesome day that most anglers dream about and I will long remember as one of the best days I spent on the river. I landed 17 fish that measured 16" or larger.
I tested out a new fly pattern that I had concocted this winter in hopes of using during a couple of upcoming spring hatches. I named it the Lucky Nickel Jig and will start offering it for sale in the store.

Conditions: Cloudy 35°-56º
Barometer: 30.00 Steady.
Moon: 50% Waning Gibbous
Location: 1
River Flows:  374 CFS.
Time Fished: 6.0 Hours
Rainbow Trout: 17
Brown Trout: 14
Cutthroat: 1
Miss/Loss: 3
Total Fish : 32
Flies Used:

  • Tan Sprig Stone Jig
  • Zika Jig
  • Possie Bugger
  • Lucky Nickel Jig
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March 8th, 2018

Location: 1
Conditions: Sunny cool, warming 28-53ºF.
Barometer: 30.11 Steady.
Moon: 59% Waning Gibbous
River Flows:  374 CFS.
Time Fished: 4.25 hrs
Rainbow Trout: 13
Brown Trout: 11
Total Fish: 24
Miss: 3 (on for less than 3 seconds)
Loss: 2, knot failure.
Tippet: 5x Fluorocarbon
Mid day Goliath midge hatch with actively feeding pods of fish.

Flies Used: 

  • #16 Flashback Black Pheasant Tail
  • #16 Black Nickel Pheasant Tail Jig
  • #8 Tungsten Bead Pat's Rubber Legs
  • #8 Tan Spring Stone Jig
  • #18 Black Nickel UV Zika Zig

March 5th, 2018

 A Sexy Orange Hares Ear getting the job done today

A Sexy Orange Hares Ear getting the job done today

Location: 1
Conditions: Sunny cold 35ºF.
Barometer: 30.05 Steady.
Moon: 86% Waning Gibbous
River Flows:  353 CFS.
Time Fished: 2.25 hrs
Rainbow Trout: 5
Brown Trout: 3
Miss: 0
Loss: 2, knot failure.
Tippet: 6x Fluorocarbon
Mid day midge hatch.

Flies Used: 


A nice 16" Brown Trout on a #16 UV Miracle Midge

February 28th, 2018

Location: 1
Conditions: Sunny 46ºF.
Barometer: 29.97 Steady.
Moon: 97.9% Waxing Gibbous
River Flows:  367 CFS.
Time Fished: 2.0 hrs
Rainbow Trout: 0
Brown Trout: 2
Miss: 1
Tippet: 6x Fluorocarbon
Loss: 1, knot failure.

  • 10:25 miss
  • 10:37 12”  Miracle Midge 
  • Gastric: #18 baetis #18 olive midge larva
  • 10:54 loss knot failure
  • 11:04 16” Brown Trout 

Flies Used: 

  • Miracle Midge.
  • Rainbow Warrior.

I short outing, fishing just a  few of my favorite spots. The river is the lowest and clearest that I have ever seen in the 4 years I have fished it. I could have caught more fish had I chosen to fish another location, but that location just didn't suit me today.


February 21st, 2018

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Conditions: Snowing, cloudy  28ºF.
Barometer: 30.07 falling.
Moon: Moon: 54% Waxing Gibbous.
River Flows: 47 CFS.
Location Code: Uncompahgre River, Ridgway Co.
Time Fished: 2.0 hrs
Rainbow Trout: 2, 1@24"
Brown Trout: 0
Miss: 0
Loss: 1, knot failure.
Tippet: 6x Fluorocarbon

Flies used:

  • Rainbow Warrior Jig #18 = 3 fish

23-24" Male leapard spotted Rainbow Trout from the Umcompaghre River

A brief scouting trip to fish a river that I have not fished before. I saw few fish present but very nice fish had been caught. An option to bear in mind for spring run-off.

 

 


An 17-18" buck taken Feb 14th, on an #12 Orange Rib Sexy Walt's on a Hanak Jig Supreme hook.

February 14th 2018

Conditions: Cloudy  36ºF.
Barometer: 29.98 falling.
Moon: Moon: 0.7% Waning Crescent.
River Flows: 395 CFS.
Location Code: 1,2
Time Fished: 2.0 hrs
Rainbow Trout: 6, 1@18"
Brown Trout: 1
Miss: 0
Loss: 0.
Tippet: 6x Fluorocarbon

Flies used:

  • Rainbow Warrior Jig #18 = 3 fish
  • Orange Rib Sexy Walt's #12 = 4 fish

A short outing to test out a new competition rod. Recent snow with snow on the way.


An 17-18"  buck taken Feb 5th, 2018 on a Rainbow Warrior Jig #18

February 5th 2018

Conditions: Cloudy rain, sleet. 42ºF.
Barometer: 30.04.
Moon: Moon: 69.9% Waning Gibbous.
River Flows: 381 CFS
Location Code: 1
Time Fished: 3.0 hrs
Rainbow Trout: 5, 1@17"
Brown Trout: 0
Miss: 0
Loss: 2 due to knot failures.

Flies used:

  • Halographic Warrior Jig  #18 = 4 fish
  • Bank Maggot as anchor = 0 fish
  • Flaming UV Betty = 1
  • 6x tippet.

January 15th 2018

Conditions: Sunny and cold 31º - 38ºF
Barometer: 30.43 steady
Moon: Moon: 1.2%, Waning Crescent
Location Code: 3, 6
Rainbow Trout: 1, 16"
River Flows:

  • Location 3 - 1340 CFS,
  • location 6 - 381 CFS, Flow at 24% of mean average for this date.

Flies used:

 

I fished for about 2 hours. The low clear water conditions are making the fishing a challenge. I am using 6x fluorocarbon tippet with the longest leaders I can handle. Look for fish in deeper and slow locations. Approach in a stealthy manner as the fish are easily spooked.

Daily gastric sample revealed about 20 size #22 baetis nymphs and several size #18 olive midge larva.

 

January 14th 2018

Temperature: 31º- 46ºF, Bright sunny
Barometer: 30.38
Moon: Moon: 4.0%, Waning Crescent
River: Clear, 441 CFS, Location 2 - 54.5CFS
Location: 8, 9
Rainbow Trout: 3
Whitefish: 6

Fishing at location 8 was slow so moved to location 9. We concentrated on the deepest slowest pools to find pods of whitefish and the occasional trout.


January 9th, 2018

An 18-20" pig taken January 9th 2018 on a Holographic Warrior Jig #18

Temperature: 36º- 42ºF, overcast, snow overnight.
Barometer: 29.81
Moon: Third Quarter
River: Clear, 440 CFS
Location: 1, 7
Rainbow Trout: 5
Brown Trout: 8
Loss: 2 (off after a brief battle)
Miss: 5 (strike but no hoop up, fish felt or observed)
CPU: 4.57 (catch per unit of effort AKA fish per hour)

Patterns Used: