The warm spell that the West had been experiencing the week before, well... ended. Just in time for our arrival! Of course! The barometer dropped as well. But, we were determined to still have a good time and make the most of it. Hey, at least the accomodations were perfect for the weather. I picked a winner of a hotel. A nice hot tub awaited each day after being out in the elements. And the breakfast was way better than any other continental breakfast that I have ever had. All for the low, low price of $55. I know how to pick em'... =)
So, what about the fishing, you ask? Well, it was average. The storm blew through and the one full day of fishing was the snow day. And the wind day. But, there were still at least a half dozen fish for each and we were smiling at the end of the day. Well, sort of. Yeah, Lisa really did have fun... =)
Lisa's first Colorado trout... Now, there's a smile!
Hey, Lisa, look's like it is time to put that glove with the handwarmer back on for a few... = )
A few more brownies for me too...
No, I'm not doing jumpin jacks to stay warm... Get in that net, Mr. Brown Trout!!!
So, Day 2 ended and we headed out to figure out our strategies for the finale.
Now, we had been following the tips of friends that had been on this river recently and also the advice from the fly shop experts. With the final day coming near, we were in need of some "tweeking" to get past the cold temps that the fish obviously were a bit effected by. I had been using 5x mono tippet and size 20's on the flies. Now it was time to get down and dirty. 6x fluoro tippet and size 22's... No, I will not go size 24 EVER!!!!!!
Yes, these new "tweeks" brought in a few nice fish. But, I have to give credit where credit is due... I met up with two of the nicest guys on my last afternoon. The first one, was a local... older gentleman, who was watching me try to get out of my tangles as he caught fish after fish after fish! Haha. When I got all sorted out, he offered me his spot. Told me to fish these two flies out of his fly box. What a super guy he was... So, thank you to whoever you are! That is what I call sportsmanship. Sharing the river and sharing the knowledge. He said that he could fish every day there and sometimes did! Lol. So, I thanked him and got down to business and landed one. He left and another local watched me as I was working the "magic run"... Well, he noticed that I was working off a longer leader than he usually used. So, he showed me his set up and it was like two feet shorter than mine. What the heck! Do what the locals do, right?!!! Besides the 6x fluoro and the size 22's... I needed a seven foot leader. And less distance between my indicator and the fly. BAM!!! Thank you, Mark!
I'm willing to listen... And the moral to this story is, if you ever have the chance to help someone with a few "tweeks" on the river... take the opportunity to share your knowledge if they ask for it. Especially if they are an out of town'r that believes the forecast will be 48 degrees and sunny instead of the actual 30 and snowy. = )
A special thanks to my dear friend, Lisa, who is one of the most gifted fly fishing ladies and a fun roadie to boot... We had a ton of fun catching fish and finding good places to eat. Hahahahaha
By the way, guess what the forcast is on our little CO. river this weekend... You got it, 48 and sunny. And I bet it's going to be...