High Temperatures Along the Front Range

Temperatures along Colorado’s Front Range are soaring well into the 90s and in some cases into triple digits. This is 100% having an affect on our trout population in our local streams and rivers, in particular the South Platte river.

A combination of very low water and hot outside temperatures has the water temperature of the Deckers and Cheesman Canyon stretches of the South Platte reaching 66 degrees Fahrenheit. That is right on the border of where we should not be fishing.

Warmer water contains less oxygen so trout are already stressed. When we hook them and put them through a good fight they have a much tougher recovery ahead of them because of the lack of oxygen in the water.

Please avoid fishing mid-day when the water is at its warmest. Rather, fish Deckers and Cheesman Canyon in the early mornings and late afternoons when the water is colder so we can have a healthy trout population when the flows come back up.

Trout Conservation

In an ever-changing world where urban sprawl often takes priority over environmental and wildlife habitat, it’s refreshing to see the great work that Trout Unlimited is accomplishing.

The Lahontan Cutthroat’s population is rebounding due to conservation efforts

TU has been given a three year grant from NASA– yep, our very own National Aeronautics and Space Administration– to help fund trout conservation.

With this partnership, the Lahontan Cutthroat was chosen as the first conservation project. Along with funding, NASA has provided space monitored data which has helped researchers study snowpack, stream vegetation, and fire occurrence in relation to the cutthroat’s habitat. All of which have proven invaluable to helping develop new conservation methods that have helped grow the rare cutthroat species’ numbers.

Stories like this give us all hope that conservation efforts in the future for Lahontans, as well as many other different types of species, can produce positive results in the growth of endangered species.

Why Hunting in Colorado Matters

Let’s all hug a hunter!

The Colorado Wildlife Council rolled out a marketing program in late 2017, for the purpose of bringing awareness to the importance that hunting and fishing bring to our great state of Colorado.

Colorado sees a $6.1 billion boost to our economy from hunting and angling, much of which goes to small towns like; Meeker, Gunnison, Salida, Kiowa, San Luis and many more.

Hunters are also responsible for environmental conservation and animal protection. Hunters (and anglers) fund more than 70 percent of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s wildlife management programs which has gone on to help protect and sustain Big Horn Sheep, the Shiras Moose, Lynx and many more species. Hunting and fishing license fees have also gone on to help keep Colorado beautiful– recycling and cleanup programs as well habitat restoration projects– have all been funded by these funds.

Long story short, hunting and hunters have an immeasurable impact to Colorado’s benefit. So, get out and go hug a hunter!

Understanding Redds and Trout Spawning

recognizing a Redd is half of the battle

Whether you’re new to fly fishing or a seasoned veteran it’s important to know what a Redd is in the river. Redds serve an extremely useful purpose– they are spawning beds for trout. In otherwords, the hanky panky us humans get down on in the bedroom is the Redd that trout use for their reproduction. A Redd is a trout spawning bed in the river that is characterized by it’s clean, bright gravel that is typically in an oval shape. Often times a Redd can be seen easily in clean water because the color of it is going to be in stark contrast to it’s surrounding riverbed.

Simply put, the trout that are spawning over their Redds today are going to be the trout we see next year.

Trout that are paired up over a Redd, or trout that are 5-10 feet down river of the Redd should never be fished to because these are the trout that are actively spawning.

Trout that are paired up over a Redd are actively spawning and should never be fished to.

Fly fishing for trout during the spawning season (Rainbows and Cutthroat spawn during the Spring while Browns spawn during the Fall) can be incredibly productive but we must do it in an ethical manner. For the sake of the river and natural reproduction, please avoid fishing to trout on Redds and also be mindful of wading across the river during spawning season. Wading directly upriver of a Redd will throw a lot of sediment into the water and trout need the water to be crystal clean for the eggs to be fully fertilized. And walking over a Redd will, as you can imagine, cause a lot of damage.

If you see an angler fishing to trout over a Redd do not go up to them in anger in a confrontational manner. Chances are that the person simply does not know any better. Explain to them what a Redd is and how vital the spawning process is to the eco-system. Educating an angler goes a lot farther than yelling does.

Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club is Open!

 

You may or may not know this but the guides that bring you this fine fishing website also guide on private water at Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club. Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club has 5 miles of beautiful, pristine water on South Boulder Creek. It is also home to some of the state’s biggest trout!

We guide clients ranging from the solitaire angler there to catch a trophy trout of a lifetime, couples celebrating their anniversary,  and large groups of 45 anglers and above. We have two clubhouses that sit right on the river, a wold-class chef that prepares an amazing lunch, and a seasoned Pro-Staff guide roster. All things combined make Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club a top destination for any angler.

We also have corporate rates for any group of 10 people and above. We are now taking bookings for the 2018 season and availability is currently open but it won’t last forever. Please feel free to reach out to to book a trip of a lifetime!

Matty Valdez

mattyv@theflyfisher.com / (970) 412- 8677

 

Colorado Trout Fisher Guide Service

CTF offers some of the finest guided fly fishing trips for the Denver South Platte

The DSP offers trout, carp, walleye, and small mouth bass!

Colorado Trout Fisher guide service has changed it’s contact number to 1-844-858-6751. We take bookings and handle all customer service through our new number. Clients can also book trips and search for general information through our website, www.coloradotroutfisher.com. Colorado Trout Fisher specializes in guiding the Denver South Platte (DSP) but also offers guided fly fishing trips to Deckers, Boulder Creek, South Boulder Creek, Clear Creek, and Bear Creek.

Whether you’re new to the sport or have 20 years of experience, give us a call for an unforgettable day for you and the whole family!

Tight Lines,

Colorado Trout Fisher

Tying The Montana Mouthwash streamer

Pro-Staff guide, Travis Jones, is back at it again tying the Montana Mouthwash streamer designed by Kris Keller here.

This fly is one of my favorite streamer patterns and is extremely effective on spawning rainbows and big meat eating brown trout.

 

Material list:

  • Hook: moonlight 3xl #2 streamer
  • 10/0 Vevus black thread
  • .25 lead-free wire
  • Lead barbell eyes
  • Black maribou
  • Olive green maribou
  • Crystal flash
  • Olive Green shlapin
  • Black and Green cactus chenille
  • Olive green bunny brush by MFC
  • Barred rubber legs of your choice

 

Steps:

  1. Start your thread about an eye length behind the eye of the hook.
  2. make a few threads wraps before clipping off the tag end.
  3. take the barbell eyes and tie them to the top of the hook using a crisscross or figure eight pattern.
  4. For a little extra weight, I apply a few wraps of .25 lead-free wire behind the eyes.
  5. Wrap over the wire with your thread a few times to lock it down and keep it from moving.
  6. Advance your thread rearward on the hook, until you’re just above the point of the hook.
  7. Grab one strand of your olive green maribou and measure out your tail. 1 hook shank in length.
  8. Transfer the measurement to your tie in point and secure with two or three tight thread wraps.
  9. Using one strand of pearl crystal flash, double it over and then tie in on the side facing you. Make sure to measure it so that it matches up with the length of your tail.
  10. Pull the other end of the crystal flash along the far side of the fly and tie it in moving the thread back toward the tail.
  11. Measure and tie in your black maribou so that it lays on top of the olive and is the same length of the tail.
  12. Prepare and tie in one olive Shlapin feather by the tip at the rear of the fly.
  13. Tie in the black and green cactus chenille at the rear of the fly.
  14. Advance your thread to just behind the eyes.
  15. Wrap the cactus chenille forward to behind the eyes, tie off with two tight wraps of thread and trim excess.
  16. Palmer the Shlapin feather forward over the chenille and tie off just behind the eyes. Trim out the extra.
  17. Take two barred rubber legs and tie them in right behind the eyes, using the same method as used to tie in the crystal flash.
  18. Tie in the Bunny Brush, make wrap behind the eyes, then figure eight brush forward around the eyes ending in front of the eyes.
  19. Make tight thread wraps to secure the bunny brush, trim out extra and then whip finish.
  20. Head cement your wraps, and comb the brush backward to expose the eyes.

Denver South Platte River Cleanup Hosted by Colorado Trout Fisher

Colorado Trout Fisher guide Randy Pruitt with the carp on the DSP

Our very own Colorado Trout Fisher guide service will be hosting a river cleanup on Denver’s South Platte on April 7th, 2018. The Denver South Platte is quickly becoming recognized as one of the nation’s premier urban fly fishing destinations and therefore we’d like to do our own little part and help clean up the trash and debris along the banks of the river.

Our long-term goal is to help revitalize and restore the beauty of the Denver South Platte river for anglers, families, and the greater good of Denver because a healthy river benefits all of us. But we also realize that that is a goal which will take a lot of time and effort by our very own citizens. It is one step at a time and it begins with simple, hard work like this river cleanup effort.

There will be drinks, brats, and burgers provided and at the end of the cleanup you’ll get a chance to fish with some of Colorado’s best fly fishing guides!

If you plan on attending please reach out to Matty Valdez at: mattyv@theflyfisher.com or (970) 412-8677

Tight Lines!

 

 

Conserving America’s Fish and Wildlife

Our Nature. Our Nation. Our Future.

The Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife is a conservation group aimed at creating sustainable fish and wildlife habitat for future generations of American’s to enjoy. This is a non-partisan effort consisting of members representing the outdoor recreation industry, retail and manufacturing sector, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups and state and federal fish and wildlife agencies.

The purpose of the Alliance is multi-pronged: getting America’s youth un-plugged from their mobile devices and back into nature, creating a funding model that will help protect our natural resources and beautiful national parks, and also to conserve over 12,000 different fish and wildlife species and their associated habitats!

the only trout that is native to Colorado is the endangered greenback cutthroat

As it relates to us here in Colorado, efforts to help build and maintain the populations of Canada Lynx, white-tailed ptarmigan, and greenback cutthroat trout are all underway but there is still so much more work to be done to ensure their successful re-introduction into the wild.

It will take a great deal of work and energy to help build a better environmental future for our grand-children but if we as Coloradans, and Americans, can unite behind this singular cause then we can preserve our legacy of this beautiful, rugged land of ours.

Please visit the Alliance’s website for more detailed information on how you as an individual can help participate.

 

Tying Jones’ Tube Midge

Travis Jones, senior guide with The Flyfisher Guide Service, is at it again with his version of the Tube Midge. Tying the Tube Midge is a relatively simple pattern to learn but it’s results on the river are second to none.

The Tube Midge can be fished as both a midge larva and an emerging midge pupa. It is particularly deadly on three sections of the South Platte river: the Dream Stream, Cheesman Canyon, and Deckers. And the great news is that this pattern is effective year-round as midges hatch all 12 months of the year here in Colorado.

The Tube Midge’s Recipe:

  • Hook: #135 Dairiki
  • Thread: 16/0 white vevus
  • Bead: Tyers bead midge black
  • Body: UTC clear vinyl midge rib
  • Ribbing: UTC ultra wire small red

Good luck out there and happy tying!