Posts Tagged ‘Fly Fishing’

A day without fishing… Or blogging? Say it isn’t so!

May 8, 2010

Global warming struck my small slice of Wyoming today, and the snow stopped… For a few minutes anyways.

I’m not really much of a cold footer when it comes to fishing. Today though, I simply could not resist. Although I absolutely loved the fishing opportunities that Colorado offered? I never had an active trout stream literally within walking distance of my home.

I set the reloading things aside. The 270 can wait, at least for today… After all, last evening I had loaded up twenty precision rounds of Sierra GameKing. Deer, and Pronghorn are accounted for, and only the Elk loads remain to be loaded, both Accubonds and Partitions. Sometimes the inexpensive out performs the standard of the line. Be that Marlin XL7 Rifles, or Orvis Green Mountain Fly Rods.

The Orvis came out as if by magic, as did my waders, vest, and the various flies that I had tied across this rather extended period of man made global warming, or, as it is known in Wyoming, winter.

Men, and yes, women too have addictions, as noted elsewhere on this blog. They include, but are not limited to; Turkey Hunting, Fly Fishing, Elk Hunting, bass fishing, Fly tying, gun dog work and Upland Game Hunting, shooting of all disciplines, and the list is apparently never ending. Chili cooking addiction is, in particular, a very devastating addiction that get little attention. Entire families get hooked, for generations on Chili Verde and how it is best prepared.

I cleared the recently reduced three feet of snow from before the Ford Ranger. No small feat for a man well over fifty with a bad back, and started the trucks engine… Then I cleared the way onto the road, which, was actually dry pavement thanks to the the City Snow Plow Driver that works for us tax payers… No small feat for that group of Boy Scouts next door that were doing their civic duty clearing off the driveway and sidewalk of that astonishingly well endowed young “lady” that lives next door… Anyways…

I made it down the street that I exist on… I mean live at, to another side road. I progressed as it were, behind yet another tax paid truck driver with a big pusher thingy on the front of the truck to my point of embarkation. Satisfied, I pulled off my ultra light hiking shoes; known in most of the world as sneakers, and white cotton socks. Replacing the with my wool “Not Quite Perfect” full length socks. ( Yes, that is a brand name folks, and they are very good for the price paid! ) Opened up the door of my truck, and the following tax paid truck gave me a dose of global warming Wyoming style…

Any ways… After digging myself, my Fly Rod, and other gear out, I made my way down to Clear Creek.Where I was, uh.. Joined, by other town folks. Actually they were there waiting for me… Brothers of the outdoors!

Nancy said something like; “Don’t you wear your waders on the outside, and with a sinister look in her eye, proceeded to dress me more appropriately… Nooge, a retired Firefighter and Guardsman made the comment that he also might be in need of such training in proper dress. Michael, Donald, and Jimmy were all subjected to Nancey’s expert servicing…

Nancy did ask me something along the lines of “What ya’ think  I need to learn about fishing for flies…”

Preparation for fishing completed, I was asked to cast the first fly. I chose the Nancy Biot Midge pattern, stringed it up, and, drifting it through the eddies, and soon latched up with a decent Hofer Rainbow! Must have went all of  nine inches!

Then I woke up…

Join the Colorado Division of Wildlife for National Hunting & Fishing Day‏

September 5, 2009

JOIN THE COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE FOR NATIONAL HUNTING & FISHING DAY

All day events will be held in Denver to educate and encourage participation

DENVER, Colo. — The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) will participate in its first-ever National Hunting & Fishing Day by hosting an event on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Denver Headquarters, 6060 Broadway, Denver.  The full day event, beginning at 9:00 AM, will be jam-packed with educational seminars and opportunities for newcomers and seasoned recreationists to cast, shoot and learn outdoor skills in a safe and comfortable environment.

“The DOW recognizes the importance of teaching the hunting and angling heritage to new generations of Coloradoans.  Our wildlife resource is one of the most treasured in the nation–it’s critical that we continue to foster stewardship, conservation, and concern about the future of our animals and fish,” said Mark Cousins, Hunter Education Coordinator for DOW.

Experienced anglers and hunters will enjoy an array of presentations from Colorado wildlife experts, ranging in topics from quail hunting to mapping your hunt, fishing hot spots to carp fishing on a fly, with noted author Barry Reynolds.  Novices, family, and friends of sportsmen can try their hand at shooting a .22, fly rod casting, or getting a Junior Wildlife Officer badge.  Plus, a demonstration of hunting dogs by Pheasants Forever will show everyone how skilled and smart these clever canines are on a hunt!

For more information on the DOW’s National Hunting and Fishing Day, please visit our website at:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/Education/ (scroll down on right side of page)

WHO:                    Anyone interested in wildlife-related outdoor recreation!

WHAT:                  National Hunting and Fishing Day at the Colorado Division of Wildlife

WHEN:                  Saturday, September 26, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

WHERE:                DOW Headquarters, 6060 Broadway, Denver

HOW:                    Space is limited, register early at:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/6A4309D4-C0BF-4D9E-ADB4-E0A0CD74761A/0/FillableRegistrationform_distributed.pdf

If you are interested in learning about the nationwide efforts on National Hunting and Fishing Day, please visit:

http://www.nhfday.org/

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

DOW Women Afield Cast & Blast Clinic Slated for Silverthorne‏

July 31, 2009

DOW WOMEN AFIELD CAST & BLAST CLINIC SLATED FOR SILVERTHORNE

SILVERTHORNE, Colo.–The Colorado Division of Wildlife Women Afield program is sponsoring a Cast & Blast Clinic for women on Saturday, August 8 in Silverthorne.

Cast & Blast clinics are designed for women who want to learn to fly fish and to shoot a shotgun. The clinic runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m and is for women only.

Participants spend the day with other women while learning and practicing shooting and fishing techniques. No prior experience or equipment required. Participants are asked to participate for the entire clinic.

The cost is $15.00 and pre-registration is required. For more information or to sign up, contact Kris Holinka at the DOW office in Hot Sulphur Springs at (970) 725-6200.

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For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

Fly Fishing update

August 2, 2008

I received an email from a semi local person asking about fly fishing the smaller streams along the front range and other environs nearby.

First, equipment; The smaller streams are not the place for nine foot rods. Stop by Discount Angler on South Santa Fe. Not only do they have a wide assortment of reasonably priced rods, they also have a huge selection of fly’s at very good prices. Get a seven or eight foot fly rod that will toss a four or five weight line. Short leaders and tippet set ups are also called for in this situation.

As for the best patterns? As always here in Colorado, Midge patterns will work virtually all the time. Dry, pupa’s, and wets. All in small sizes. Next come the Caddis’s. I like Elk Hair Caddis patterns with dun gray bodies for most small water fishing. Don’t forget RS2’s and classic Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymphs.

For a pretty good listing of places to go fishing look here.

Tight lines all! 😀

Fly Fishing, again :)

June 11, 2008

“Yes young man, it is an addiction.”

That was my response to Robert “Bob” Graves, a co-worker at Haley Paramedic Ambulance. He, some how, I mean, I wouldn’t know… Had become bitten by the Fly Fishing bug.

“It is an insidious thing indeed.” So said Senior Paramedic Arthur ( A. Flippin) Flippin Paramedic. An emerging Master Outdoors man.

But, I knew that this young man had promise as he watched me tying an Adams. “That’s an Adams isn’t it?” Correct I responded. I also gave him a little bit of hard earned knowledge about that Adams pattern, as it is best used along the Colorado front range.

The Adams pattern is very versatile, it imitates many Mayflies in sizes from 12 to 16. It really shines though as a Midge imitation. Especially along the South Platte river below Cheeseman. That would be in sizes 18 all the way to 24, if you can tie them, and then attach them without the fly blowing off up the canyon, that is.

It is also productive along Boulder Creek, each tributary. Although not nearly as effective as Gray Caddis patterns, or a Gold Ribbed hares Ear, as far as that goes. And so the session went on. Bob was a terrific student, and, he even provided Guinness when he chose to visit.

This is beginning to look like an expensive hobby he noted on one such occasion. Nonsense I replied, after all, that Bull Elk that you are sighted upon will provide many years worth of flies, after all. “With a 264 that is more than twenty years old he asked?” I felt much like a Jedi Warrior, instructing a young protege… Have faith young man… And “pull the damned trigger!”

And so it goes, life as an outdoors-man in Colorado. Bringing new ones into the fold.

Bob moved away, to some Shangrila called South East Alaska. He bought a Marlin rifle in 450 Marlin for holding big bears at bay, and a Winston bamboo fly rod, just because he could. Something tells me that he may be in need of some small bit of guidance … Just a little … I may have to plan a trip to see him … 😀

Fly Fishing, it is an addiction indeed

May 10, 2008

I first began fly fishing some thirty one years ago. Admittedly at first, it was a challenge. I read book after book, and watched VCR film after VCR film. As soon as the Rocky Mountain News came out on the days that the Outdoors column was published, I was glued to the article, and just had to have whatever supper slam dunk fly that Bill Logan wrote about that week.
After all was said and done though. I ended up catching various sunfish from the local ponds as I perfected my madness, if not methodology. Casting on a stream was, well, things just didn’t work very well.
What was wrong? I have come to learn that the problem was one familiar to most people at some time or other. I was all gung ho! I had no patience. I beat the water to a pulp.

Fly fishing is, to me, a form of hunting. Think you can bag a bull Elk stomping all over the place? Not very likely. Or a Whitetail Buck while thrashing all over? Again, not likely. In fly fishing, you need to keep the sun in your face, least you cast shadows before you that spook the fish. It is akin to keeping the wind in your face while stalking a Mule Deer, or most other animals that are hunted.

I learned to settle down one day while casting to trout in Boulder Creek, in the oxbow ares about two miles west of the city of Boulder, Colorado. The fly I used was very much like the one pictured above, it is a gray bodied Elk Hair caddis pattern. I fell into a rhythm, and so did the fish. That day was a true lesson in catch and return fishing. Some people that were watching me while they picnicked along side the river said that they counted more than thirty fish that I returned unharmed to the water.

Since then, Sedge flies have been a favorite of mine for surface fishing, along with Adams patterns. If, however, you come to Colorado to catch fish, plan on fishing nymphs. Top water hits are the icing on the cake. Think about it though. Just how much of the cake is frosting? How much is below?

If you should happen to get bitten by the fly fishing bug, do not despair, just get another fly rod…

Sac Bee’s Fishing Line « The Fish Whisperer

March 14, 2008

Sac Bee’s Fishing Line « The Fish Whisperer

Looks like things are beginning to heat up all across the west! I love it! No politics on the stream, just structure, and ripples, and figuring out just what the fish will hit on that day, at that particular place along the stream or river.

Here in Colorado, midge larva rule as the number one fish getter this time of the year. Although last weekend, a fellow caught a nice Brownie on a number eighteen hares mask nymph, fished along the bottom of the river.

Wild Turkeys watched as we fished from the nearby hillside. Turkey season is about to start…


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