Monday, March 31, 2008

Blue River OK... Final Act for 2008

Went to the Lady Blue Sunday for my final trip of 2008. Action was slow to say the least and it appears many of the nice fish in the C&R area are somewhere downstream due to the 4500cfs flows a week or so ago. I have had multiple 30 fish days there and only managed 3 trout and a perch. No tugs or misses, just no fish. I tried bugs, boogers and dry droppers but not many takers. Water was a dark almost murky color and I just think some of the fish ended up downstream out of the area. I left about 1pm and headed to 17. I knew that would bring some action and it did. I caught 5 there, 3 on soft hackles with a small split and indicator and a funny story on the final two. Cast my small rubber black indicator into the run. On two occasions I had trout take my indicator under water. WOW. So I tied on a size 10 black ant and caught both fish. Both came up and ate the ant within 3 casts. Pretty fun. No more takers until I tied on my hand tied booger and caught a 12" Black Bass in the same run with the trout. Not a bad day, just have been a little spoiled with my results in February.

Well, the Blue was really good to me this year. I learned alot, met some nice people there and will feverishly await November 1st when the trout are back in the river. Thanks for a great year Lady Blue!!



Saturday, March 29, 2008

Pyramid Lingo... Gotta love fly fishing


FG: 5wt, fishing an indicator rig! Approximately 4 ft to red copper john, then drop 2 ft to red or black chironomid. Both bead heads. When the wind was blowing you would cast and let the wind drift the rig. If no wind, cast out, and give it the emerger pop and hold on. Many were casting a 300 grain sink tip with a wolly bugger and a simi seal leech (purple) or a black or chartreuse beetle. I fished an indy rig about 95%. Takes were viscious!!




Thursday, March 27, 2008


This is a story of a friend. A very good friend. Those of you who chose to view this is your reward. Those of you who don't...your loss. I can only relate what I missed!!!!!

From the FG.

How often do we hear of lakes or rivers that have nothing but huge trout? "Dude, you will catch nothing under 18 inches, I swear!" Most often it is a load of crap. Well folks, I'm hear to tell you, Pyramid lake, outside of Reno, is one of those places! The place is freakin' huge and full of huge Lahontan Cuts! I spent 4 days up there and caught around 100 cuts and the smallest was just shy of 20". Huge pods of fish swam in front of my ladder many times a day. Now these fish are not for the faint of heart, they snap 2X tippet like butter and ruin reels for breakfast. I had a 6wt reel implode on me and I couldn't do anything but laugh! On several occasions I had a trout bust my 2X tippet, I even had one that busted 1X. Our last day on the lake, my buddy Tim and I had 9 doubles, and if my other buddy had not been back at the hotel sick as a dog, I am sure triples would have been had. At one point on day 3, our group had a quadruple on, and the stranger on each side were hooked up as well, what is that, a sextuple? We are already planning our '09 trip to include a larger group!!


Monday, March 17, 2008

New River....New Experience

Cold.....very cold. That is what I remember most about my first 3 hours on the Upper Colorado River between Kremmling and Parshall, Colorado. Like 15 degrees cold. Not just the tip guides froze up......all of them did. Any my reel, accidently got it wet. Ended up encased in ice. Wow, I was asking, what did I do to deserve this!!

Well what mother nature dishes out, she gives back to. I just had to be a little patient. I made the drive from Breckenridge to the river in about 1 hour 2o minutes and was on the river at 9.
A absolute beautiful sunrise over the mountains was probably worth the price of admission but hey...we all want to hook fish. Well not in the first three hours. The highlight of the the 9-noon time slot was not the couple of tugs and LDR's I had but an adult Bald Eagle that flew treetop level right over me. Have seen these beautiful creatures before in the wild, but not that close. Awesome and the nearly 75 mule deer that were either munching right next to the highway or were bed down there. Really neat stuff.

Now to the 12-3 pm slot. Money time. 15 to hand...all wild browns and all on dries. Lost at least a dozen more. The old standby sz 2o Griffiths Gnat was on fire along with a sz 26....yes 26 Brooks Sprout Midge in Gray was on as well. All in all a great day fishing but the coldest one yet for Merc on the water.

Like I said....worth the price of admission. Better than a $ 86.00 lift ticket today to hurry up and wait. No more lift lines for Merc this trip. Taking my bride to breakfast, goofing off and donning the waders pm tomorrow on the Blue.


Friday, March 14, 2008

Blogging about the Blue....the Colorado Blue

Well, it is still snowing in Breckenridge, CO. My man Spreadsheet and I hit the Blue River below Green Mtn. Res. today. Beautiful place. Hooked a fish on the 5th drift and Billy Boy and I were on our way. I ended up like the old TRT and gave that beautiful bow the LDR. At least I saluted. We were bound to find plentiful fish, but was not to be. That was the only tug of the day but I was not working.

Looking at going to the Upper Colorado either today or Sunday. A new destination in God's Country. Looks like fresh pow for skiing on Monday and Tuesday.


Monday, March 3, 2008 Blog Set Up

Hey everyone. This FFP Blog is now set up. Join in with stories and pic.