Post by hankinsfly on Sept 29, 2018 17:04:26 GMT -6
Returned late last night from Colorado. Had a great time. My wife and I took a vacation and based out of Fairplay and traveled to many of the big sights around- Garden of the Gods, Independence Pass and Maroon Bells, caught great views of the Collegiate Peaks and drive some awesome backroads around the area. I only had a couple of half-days to fish. I spent a partial day on the Dream Stream. Turns out, I got schooled by this water. Who was I to think I could crack this stream in a morning? Anyway, caught lots of tiny fingerling browns. I had to leave about the time big clouds of tricos started appearing and I saw the first rings forming on top from feeding trout. I also mistakenly left the waders at the lodging this morning so I wet-waded. I did not spot any big fish, though I’m sure they were there. I did see a guy catch a couple of Kokanee at the bridge near the parking lot for Charlie Meyer State Wildlife area. I threw a streamer here for a minute later that evening after I picked up my wife from her horseback riding. I had a few nice fish chase here in this pool but not commit. I also tossed a fly around one of the upper forks of the Platte and caught another few fingerling browns. I had lots of fish slapping at a hopper here and in the Dream Stream, but never eating. Both of my days of fishing were blue-bird days, not a cloud in the sky. Mornings were about 29 degrees and low 70’s for a high. We toured Maroon Bells the next day. Beautiful place that everyone must see. I packed a rod here and caught and released one strong 10” rainbow here on a Parachute Adams and missed two others. What a great place to cast a fly. The next day I had about a half day to fish again, so I decided to check out the Arkansas. Jeff provided some good places to check out. I found my own spot on the Arkansas- the Railroad Bridge area. Started off throwing my one and only streamer early. Had some great action, with two 12-14” briwns chasing but not eating. Then, a nice 16”ish brown ate. I set the hook and my knot broke, and I lost my only streamer. Never leave home with just one streamer. I felt bad for leaving a fly in a fish’s mouth. Switched over to nymphing the fast pocket water and picked up a couple more 8-10” browns. Very little action in this pocket water with a few lingering caddis flies about and a few midges. I eventually called it quits and attempted to seek out a spot recommended by Jeff. Unfortunately, the road was closed for the season for construction and I could not access the stretch of stream I was told about. With little time remaining, I de-wandered and took a quick drive up to Cottonwood lake. More beautiful country. Amazing how much the temps change when you go up a little in elevation. I found another free hour later in the trip while my wife had another horseback riding lesson and tossed a fly in Fairplay Beach. Lots of fish here! Had a lot of strikes and caught another small brown. So, I am learning how to fish and stay married. My wife observed and told me I could take a fishing trip to Colorado or somewhere with the guys so I could get some real fishing time in. Lots of lessons learned on this trip, such as if you’re in new country and don’t have much time, hire a guide!! Anyway, all in all it was a great trip and I got to toss a fly here and there. The aspens were cracking, there was a bit of snow one night on the peaks. Had some great food in Buena Vista at a place called Simple Eatery. I had a great real elk burger and Holly had some killer steak stroganoff. It was awesome getting to the high country and cold mornings. Saw tons of wildlife- many pronghorns, some big bull elk and cows, mule deer, buffalo, magpies and hawks, and one young bull moose in the Platte River in Alma. Pics to follow.