Fly Fishing

Doctor Shot while Fly Fishing in Belize

When we go on fishing vacations we often think of any danger that might occur. Even if we do it might be sharks, jellyfish, or even dangerous currents. Last week a 53-year-old doctor from Virginia was brutally shot while out fly fishing in Belize. This is a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. For the full article on the story click here.

This kind of thing should not stop you from going out and exploring new places. Fly Fishing takes us all over the world to amazing places but sometimes bad things happen.

Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Dr. Gary Swank.

Get Paid to Fish in Colorado

Recently in Colorado, the introduction of an invasive predatorial fish has been in an issue. In a handful of reservoirs around the state northern pike have been popping up. These fish have been illegally stocked and are raining havoc on the local populations. CPW is offering anglers $20 for each northern pike caught in Kenney Reservoir.

So get off your couch grab your rod and head out to Kenney Reservoir and start making some money! For more information click here.

River Etiquette

Here in Colorado we are lucky enough to have a ton of water to fish. However certain stretches of river are more crowded than others. Lots of anglers do not know the proper etiquette when they are out fishing. Personally, I have run into countless people fishing way to close to each other. We have plenty of water to fish so give people space. Check out the video below to get some more insight on proper river etiquette.

Giving Back!

Robert F. Smith, through his philanthropic investment in River Deep and Anglers of Honor  have empowered a partnership with Lincoln Hills Park and The Flyfisher LLC. We are proud to announce the opening, on July 4, 2019, of a 1/2 mile stretch of South Boulder
Creek to free fishing and picnic access specifically for veterans and their families. Veterans will be able to make reservations at www.theflyfisher.com beginning June 15.

South Boulder Creek fly fishing
Wetting a line on South Boulder Creek

May Tarpon

The month of May in Colorado usually means the start of high water and caddis hatches. However, on the other side of the country, May means the start of the migratory tarpon. Every May in Florida anglers gets the unique opportunity to have a chance to catch a large migratory tarpon. These fish cruise up the beaches of Florida on their annual migration to spawn. Fish upwards of 200lbs are not uncommon. Anglers will find the tarpon is large groups in May then will start breaking apart into smaller groups come June and July. By the time August rolls around the tarpon seem to dissipate. If you have not had the opportunity to go see this phenomenon I highly recommend it. So when the water gets high in Colorado think about booking a flight to Florida and giving it a shot.

High Mountain Lakes Fly Fishing

Summer is a fantastic time to fish rivers and creeks but it also is the perfect time to strap on a backpack and explore some high mountain lakes. Colorado has a vast number of high alpine lakes loaded with trout.

I was lucky enough to have a few days off last week so fellow guide Reid Eakins and myself hit the road in search of high mountain cutthroats. What we have found is that the more remote you get, the better the fishing will be;  with this in mind, we ventured South down to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The plan was to spend 3 days in the backcountry fishing. With our packs loaded with fishing gear and the backpacking essentials (whiskey, of course), we hit the trails.

The first day we hiked 4.5 miles to our first destination. We set up camp in the early evening and fished well into the evening hours. Fish were rising but it was a challenge to figure out what they were eating. Finally, after switching several flies, Reid started picking fish up on a thin mint fly; they took the fly on a very slow retrieve. The next day, we hiked up to another lake looking for bigger cutthroats. We found fish to be eating scuds just below the surface on a very fast retrieve. After a long day of fishing and hiking we relaxed at our campsite sipping whiskey and sharing fish stories.

Backpacking and fishing go great together; it is a great opportunity to get away from the hustle of city life and explore what the Colorado mountains have to offer.

Give your local creeks or rivers a break and explore some high mountain lakes!

 

 

 

Streamer Tactics: Fall Fly Fishing

Ahhhh… the temps are cooling down and fall is in the air. Although I have been spending most of my time deep in the Elk woods i have been sneaking out in between Aspen Groves and moving streamers when the time allows. Fish have been responding to these bigger flies and I must say that September is a favorite month amongst Colorado Outdoorsman. I put together this short video segment about Streamer Fly Fishing. I know a lot of anglers who don’t quite understand the concept of Streamer Fly Fishing but it is an extremely effective tactic year round, especially in the Spring and Fall months.

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First is the setup USE A HEAVIER ROD. A five weight will get the job done but you will beat your shoulder and arm up constantly throwing these larger flies over and over again. A stiff six weight at minimum will help you from getting fatigued and keep you on the water longer. But don’t be ashamed of throwing a larger rod with a heavier line. You will be making a lot of cast and a heavier rod will help out immensely. Do not get crazy about your leader/ tippet set up. Use a short stiff leader. I prefer 0x- 1x Flourocarbon. This will aid in sinking your flies and give you a lot of pulling power when you hook larger fish or trees.

Second is presentation. 90% of the time i am always moving my flies downstream. If you are a fish getting chased by a larger fish chances are that you are not going to swim into the current. Make you casts across the current at a 45 or 90 degree angle and use the current to swing your flies down stream. I try to move my streamer patterns from shallow to deeper water in hopes of finding fish hiding behind rocks and pockets. But the beauty of streamer fishing is that you can fish all types of water.

Last and the most important is covering water. Too many times I have seen anglers fishing streamers in the same run over and over again. Once a trout sees your presentation more than a couple times they are not going to chase/ commit. Covering a lot of water will increase your success when stripping streamers. If you cover a good section of water 50/100 yards with no action, change your fly size/ color and try it again. Often times this will trigger a response.

Get out there and start moving those big bugs through the water. The Brown Trout are in full pre spawn mode and fish are aggressively feeding before the deep freeze of winter. Thank you for watching.