Although our time was short, Buddy put the beat down on some fish. Water has started to run high on South Boulder Creek, and fish have been forced into any slow water available. As soon as we were able to get into a fishy spot, the catching began. It wasn't long before Buddy dunked a 22'' rainbow trout. After that it was on, Buddy put 4 nice fish in the bag and before the weather got nasty.It has been a while since I have seen a couple of guys with this much enthusiasm .Gerard and Charlie were ready to fish today. They were the first on the water this morning, ready to send shockwaves throughout the valley. It did not take long either .Charlie being a Cowboy fan, got the first shot. It took him all of five minutes to hook his first fish. Gerard was not very far behind him with his first fish as well. The whole morning went just like that. With the flows coming up to 325 overnight I was kind of worried how that might effect the fishing. The fishing was amazing all morning. With hysterical laughter, story telling and good old hazing we had an absolute blast fishing together. The afternoon started off right where we left off the fishing stayed incredible for the both of them all day. I never thought I would be matched with my own excitement for fly fishing until today. Charlie and Gerard I would like to thank you for one of the most memorable days I have ever had.After lunch as the water cleared up we managed to find some feeding fish in the shallows. a Euro style approach yielded two nice 'bows .This was Chico's first time up at Lincoln Hills and first time fly fishing. After a quick instruction, we got to fishing. It took us a little time to find the fish but once we did it was game one. Chico did a fantastic job casting. The first fish of the day was a beautiful little rainbow trout who ate an egg pattern. After we got the first fish out of the way we started getting into the bigger fish. The snow and sleet started coming down hard but Chico pushed through it and landed 3 more fish. It was a pleasure spending the morning teaching Chico the fundamentals of fly fishing.The day started off with sunny weather but after only a hour you could see the dark clouds rolling in. Paschal started hooking into trout right away. We had 2 large fish that instantly took us into the faster water. All we could do was watch as our line went downstream. We focused on a section of calmer water that producing many fish. The best part of the day was hooking fish almost at our feet. Paschal did this several times and it was always unexpected. We took a break to grab our jackets and we dealt with the cold front that was moving in as best as we could. We ended up not fishing for too long but we put double digits in the net.Had a great day showing my new friends Ike and Swirvine the finer points of catching trout on S. Boulder creek today. Ike, an eighth grade teacher and Swirvine, a full time college student at CU, took time off from their busy schedules to come and hang out on the river. The weather wasn't on it's best behavior, the morning started off sunny and a little chilly. But by lunch mother nature bared her teeth and let us have it, with wind, rain, sleet, and snow, It was Colorado at it's finest.
The flows are steadily rising on a daily basis, today's flows were at 325 cfs. Water temps are still very cold, in the mid-thirty's. Nymph fishing still seems to be the best method to fish, San Juan worms and egg patterns worked well, and saw some action on streamers too. Fishing has been tough but if you're willing to brave the elements, the river will give you your reward.
I only had a short time on the river with Osa and man did we make the best of it! This was Osas first time fly fishing but he was a great listener and in no time was hooking into some really beautiful fish. Osa was late to the party and the weather moved in after lunch so we had to make the most of what little time we had on the water. Osa managed to get 8 fish to the net in an hour and a half, well done. Cant wait for these guys to come back next year!Haroun, Jereme, and Anthony worked on tighline euronyphing strategies, keeping the line off the water and being able to reads the water on their own. After some tutoring and small tweaks Haroun, Jereme and Anthony all were catching fish. The weather was pretty cold in the morning but got nice in the afternoon and the fish complied. Worms, stoneflies and perdigons were the ticket for the day.I met up with Abraham and Seth on a beautiful morning up at Lincoln Hills as part of The Brothers On The Fly. This was Abraham's 1st time and Seth's 3rd time. With the water at Lincoln Hills getting higher as runoff starts, we spent most of our day looking for deep water and slower seams where fish would be holding. We worked hard to find fish and had great success with running a deep nymph rig through the deeper pools with stonefly and caddis imitations. Great day guys!Another fly fishing brothers event is in the books! This year was no different we enjoyed great food, great fishing and most importantly great fellowship. The flows on SBC have jumped to 350cfs and we starting to see the beginning of a much needed run off. With that being said we took advantage of the higher water and influx of food in the system and threw some junk! Worms, eggs, stoneflys and small streamers were a big part in pulling fish, the river has swollen up the banks leaving fish plenty of room to hide and take cover in tighter places. We didn't have a lot of fish but every fish we caught was at least 16 inches. But the highlight of the day was a nice 21in. Cut Tyson landed on a eurorig in the famed hole 3 rocks.The weather took a turn and a chill was in the air. Fishing was not impacted at all. The bite was on and the fish are aggressive. Flows are up as well, but that only seemed to make the day better. Hanging out with Chris and the boys today was a real treat. Everyone was eager to get on the water and despite cold, rainy/snowy weather, we charged the water with hopeful intent. The boulder river ranch beat fished slow in the morning but started to really heat up around the middle of the day and Chris was able to hook dozens of fish and land a few really beautiful rainbows. It was really cool to see the progression of skill throughout the day, from learning to cast, control the drift, detecting strikes and landing fish. We had the pleasure of finishing up the day at the bridge hole; those fish sure are smart but we figured out the technical drift with a little BWO nymph and hooked up on some lunkers! Thank you "O" for a great day of fishing and conversation.
The fishing is great.
Overcast skies and 52-55 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Stained.