So timing is everything when it comes to fly fishing , or at least it can be very important when scheduling some of your trips. Tide schedules for when salt water fishing. weather when flying float planes in and around Alaska, and just about anything else that can ruin a well deserved vacation.
After following the flow charts for the past 2-3 weeks and figuring out which river will drop first to clear and floatable flows, we guessed and watched right. This past weekend we would hope to float and fish the Rio Grande River, and maybe stumble across giant stones and other critters.
Arriving at 2300 CFS in South Fork, we were alerted that the giant stones were in the area,
but further up the canyon. However, the river corridor was also alive coming alive with caddis, grey drakes, yellow sallies, and golden stones. It would be unlike any other float that we have witnessed in the past 15 years, because for 20 miles and 7 hours there were blizzard hatches all the down the river or all bugs mentioned.
Catching and fishing is a blast, but you must stop along the way to have a beer and enjoy the scenery and have a few laughs.
Many beautiful browns were released through out the trip, that were absolutely plump and stuffed
full off bugs.
As always , in the South Fork Valley you must be prepared for a little afternoon shower,
but that did not stour us from throwing a few streamers to eager fish.
Rivers coming down, time to get out and fish now.....
Our floatable waters are starting to drop into really nice shape. Although the clarity river-wide may not be perfect, the edges are clearing nicely and eager fish are ready to eat. Early reports are starting to surface, the usual bugs are hatching and some nice fish bing caught.
Caution, waters are still high and can be dangerous, so take precautions. But get out there .
Salida, CO becomes the focal point of the whitewater universe for the next 4 days as FibArk, as the countries largest whitewater festival gets ready to kickoff. Our small town swell with every type imaginable. There are small creek races, raft races, kayak races, kayak skills , down river race, river dog competition and many other competitions.
Not to mention the fantastic music in the park and all the great people watching to be had.
Many of the contestants come in early to practice and get some time in on the waves and
As the water starts to subside on some of the rivers in the next couple of weeks, this moderately easy but effective pattern should be in your arsenal. Great little general nymph to mimic so many different bugs by using different wire and hero. Give this pattern a try, twist up a few.
REESE'S TACTICAL NYMPH
Hook: Orvis Tactical Czech Nymph Hook, Sz: 12-16
Bead: Gold Tungsten
Thread: UTC 70- Brown
Tail: Amber Krystal Flas
Body Wire - Amber Ultra Wire
Body Herl: Tan Ostrich Herl
Thorax: Peacock UV Ice Dubbing ( Dubbing Loop)
( can be tied in different color combinations to mimic general bugs on
Great friend, guide and cowboy, Larry Friedrich's passes down the art of wrangling from one generation to the next. Such a great sight to see. A marvel to see, because he does it daily on the rivers also.
We just finished up another great trip to Craiglania this past week. Six great days spent in the hub of fly fishing bliss. We continue to go back time after time as the Missouri River has so much to offer
and such a variety of fishing, from nymph, dry fly , streamer and even two-handeders.
I must also give a huge shout out to Sara, Julie , Dewey and entire staff at Headhunters, as they treat you like the one and only customer.
We had our normal great little cabin, the Sutton Place, located right in town
perfectly placed in walking distance to all three fly shops, Joe's bar and Isaac's
Recently remodeled this winter to include new hardwood floors,
modifications to living room/ kitchen walls , adding kitchen bar and stools
and new chairs in the living room.
A staple in most fishing accomidations- twin beds, but very comfortable.
BBQ on the side patio for your home cooking excitement.
Also plenty of parking in small drive-way for truck and boat.