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  1. With your permission, I will open the topic where I will share interesting nymphs on grayling. On such flies we catch in Siberia)) P.S. Ready to answer your questions)
  2. Well this was an amazing trip! I did not put all the fish I caught in the video, because the video would have been way too long. I caught probably 30+ fish, and almost all of them on my 4wt Redington Butterstick. A few fish on the dry fly, and a few on nymphs. Some hard fighters as well, especially on my 4wt. I had quite a few of them run line hard, and most of them were very acrobatic and jumped quite a few times. Just one of the most productive times Ive had in a long time. Molas lake is a high mountain lake run by the town of Silverton Colorado and is located in between Silverton and Durango. From what I gathered its a Fishery that Silverton uses to hold hatched fish until they grow bigger, then use the lake to stock many of the creeks, streams and rivers in the surrounding area. So its good fishing, and there are a few really good sized fish in there. Make sure and stop in the Molas Lake Campground Park Office, to get the current regulations and fish report. Also there is a small fee for camping, and I paid it to fish as well.
  3. This was one of the most fun trips I've had in a long time. Such a wide range of fish species to catch! From Salmon running up stream, to brown and rainbow trout. I got to fish a lake, and also the Dolores river. I also was able to stay in a really nice campground which was very reasonably priced for the accommodations. The cabin was rustic, but nice. Much better than in a tent, and the river was very close (walking distance). Before we got to check into the Dolores river campground http://doloresrivercampground.com we decided to go back to those little lakes where I caught a 27" brown. While we didnt get any really large fish, we did have some great luck fishing for rainbow's. Jeff caught a few on a streamer, I caught a few on a dry fly. So they were ready and willing to take anything we threw at them. After we got back to the campground and grabbed a bite to eat, we decided to hit up the Dolores River. This is the free flowing section of the river that dumps into the McPhee Dam. Its not the tailwater. This stretch of river holds massive amounts of rainbow and brown trout, and I have seen some good sizes pulled out of there. However, during this time of year, the Kokanee salmon start making their way up the river to spawn, and we were in them so thick we could not catch any trout. But they were fun to catch! However we wanted some trout so we decided to make our way up river to find areas without salmon, and hopefully catch some trout. I did get a nice brown the first day. But stay tuned and our 2nd day fishing I was able to pull in some really nice rainbow and brown trout, same with Jeff. We really caught more than our fair share of fish!
  4. One of the best days I have ever had fishing! It was unique fishing, and definitely something I want to go do again. Who knew this small creek would have fish in it, but there they were. And tons of them as well! The water was crystal clear, so I was also able to get more underwater footage, and quality underwater footage than I have ever been able to in the past. It seemed like every fish got to swim away on camera. So the moral of the story is, if you see a trickle of a creek, and think to yourself that its not worth exploring because it could not hold fish in it, maybe give it a 2nd thought. It might be one of the more unique experiences you have ever had fishing! So as always, with these small secretive creeks, I will not be able to tell you the actual location or creek name, however I can say that it is located somewhere in the south west tip of Colorado, located in the San Juan Forest which is in the lower stretch of the Rocky Mountains. Its beautiful here, and densely forested. Its also very remote and you will rarely see anyone while out exploring. But this means you should be careful! Always go with someone else, and bring a small first aid kit incase something does happen.
  5. Im back after a much needed vacation. Of course I didnt stop fishing, just stopped editing (which can take up to 30 hours per video). And I was able to go to some really great places during my time off. So mid July I took a trip out to the Colorado Springs area, and met up with a fellow youtube channel called "Fresh-Salt Fishing"! We fished eleven mile canyon, and the dream stream. While the fishing wasnt as epic as I thought it would be, it still was awesome! Colin was able to net quite a few fish at eleven mile, and I got a really nice one at the dream stream! Really I dont want to make excuses, but not sleeping for 36 hours before fishing the first day really took its tole, and thats why I suspect I didnt get many fish. I did have quite a few strikes, just I was way too slow with setting the hook. Everything was slow, it felt like I was in a dream the first day! HAHA
  6. So while I cannot name the creek, I will say that this is my new favorite place! However its a little more crowded than the other small creeks i've been to, It had bigger fish, amazing scenery, and fish very willing to eat my dry flies. Just absolutely amazing fishing! I went the day before they closed down the San Juan National Forest. Because of such a dry season, and little moisture, we have had some bad fires in and around Durango. They have been devastating. So the authorities closed down the national forest, and I had to get out and hit some small creeks before I couldn't anymore. Luckily I had an amazing trip, and caught quite few fish! And I could not have asked for a more beautiful place to be!
  7. So this trip was not my best on the San Juan. Only one decent fish in the net on the river, but I took a quick drive down to a small lake close by and got a really nice brown trout! Wonderful fish, and almost better than what I was going for in that lake, which was carp. The reason why the river wasnt doing all that great was because they recently changed the water flow, which sent the trout deep for cover. Just a week before, a buddy of mine caught 10+ fish over 17", but the water flow change definitely messed things up.
  8. I finally was able to get some small creek action on my new 7'6" 2wt fly rod. It was truly amazing to be able to site fish these beautiful little fish. Granted, they were small, but size isn't everything, at least thats what I tell myself... HAHA So this really was one of the prettiest places I have ever been. The video really does not do it justice, but it was amazing! Beautiful mountains surrounding a small meandering creek, with tall grasses and brush cluttering the banks. I really could not have asked for a more amazing setting. The fact that the fish were so eager to hit the dry fly was truly an amazing thing. This was the first time I had ever fished where the dry out fished a nymph. I was really happy I got some this early in the season on my grasshopper pattern that I call "Mini-Me".
  9. The Animas River is one of those rivers that you can either have the worst day fishing of your life, or the very best day fishing of your life. Very few days are in between that. Luckily, on this trip it was one of the better days fishing. The day started slow, with no bites, but once we found one run that held some nice fish, all of a sudden things started looking up. I hooked into a nice fish right off the bat at that spot, but lost it. However shortly after I hooked up again and brought in a nice rainbow. Then shortly after Jeff hooked up and brought in a nice rainbow as well, that had to be one of the most colorful rainbows Ive ever seen. Then Jeff hooked into a monster of a fish. Powerful and large! This took him over 16 minutes to bring in, and it was well over 24". Absolutely one of the better quality fish I have seen in one day. Definitely the best average of fish size on this river. http://youtu.be/clO_FD6bU74
  10. This had to be one of the prettiest places I have been to in a long time, if not ever. What a beautiful little canyon, and so close to a major metropolis city. Only an hour from Colorado Springs, and about 1.5 hours from Denver. This Eleven Mile Canyon is really a great fishery, and a beautiful place to camp and fish. Even though I didnt actually net any fish, I did hook 4 during very foul weather. I am not sure why I lost all those fish mid fight, maybe I did something wrong, I am not sure. All I know is that there were fish everywhere, but they were very picky. I probably was using the wrong flies, or wrong presentation. Maybe both! But, next time I go, I will make sure and get more info about the river, and hopefully get some fish in the net.
  11. The Animas is one of those rivers that can either be amazing, or terrible! I have fished it many times getting skunked, and I also have fished it where I have excellent days! Today was an excellent day. While none of the fish were monsters, I did catch lots of them. And they were very fun. I got to fish with my buddy Carter, and he also brought one of his friends who has only been fishing for a little while. He was able to catch a wild rainbow for the first time. He had caught trout before, but never wild trout, always stockers in ponds and lakes. I fished all day with that new zealand indicator system. It seemed like the trout weren't fully committing to the flies, and just making little nibbles. This means that without a sensitive indicator, I would have missed lots of bites. In fact thats why I think Carter and Eric didnt catch as many fish, I saw their indicators barely move a few times, which is hard to detect. Also, I fished all day with 2 flies. One was the GTI Caddis, and the other was more of a simple dubbed caddis. I have tied the GTI Caddis before on camera, and here is that link... https://youtu.be/-lszOLv1gbQ
  12. Hello everybody, This is my first post on an online forum, and I'm looking for a few suggestions. The wife and I will be taking a trip to Montana to fish the Madison, and surrounding rivers in late spring/early summer this year. I live in Florida, and almost all of my flyfishing has been Warmwater/Saltwater, with VERY limited experience with freshwater trout. I consider myself to be an experienced flytyer, and an average flycaster. I already have a 6 wt. flyrod/reel combo with WF line. Can anybody out there recommend a good selection of flies for the Madison River/surrounding area that I should start tying, as well as any hints/tips on flyfishing for trout in that part of the country? I thank you all in advance for your responses, and will check back with the forum every day or so.
  13. Lets be honest, most people think of egg patterns as "not real flies". While that may be true, no one can argue that they aren't effective. There are times of the year, and certain fisheries that eggs can be one of the best flies you can use. Use it as an attractor, and at times you can use it as your main fly. While eggs aren't prestigious, or fancy, they will catch fish. So give them a try if you haven't before. The nice thing is, they are so easy to tie, you can tie 30+ an hour. Sit down, grab a drink, and tie them up in whatever colors you want. Load up a box, and you will be good for a few weeks of fishing! Hook: Umpqua U202 in size 18 Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 70 in red Fiber: Glo Bugs Yarn in "egg" color UV Resin: Solarez "Bone Dry"
  14. The Tiger Tail is a versatile little streamer fly developed by Mike Curry. First utilized in the Ozarks, this fly imitates damsel/dragonflies and other medium sized food sources for fish. Really easy fly to tie and there are endless possibilities for variation (see pic below). If you want to learn how to tie it up check out my video! It's my first try at these so let me know what you think. Materials: Hook: Any small streamer hook Hook Sizes: 8, 10, 12 Eyes: Bead chain eyes (optional) Thread: UNI-Thread 8/0 Rust Orange, Black Body: Peacock Herl, Ice dub, or MS bugger dubbing Tail: Dry Fly Hackle, olive, black & white, or golden Weight: Lead wire Hackle: Olive or Red bugger hackle
  15. The Animas river is a tough river, but when you catch fish, they are good sized and energetic fish! I have had some trouble catching fish during the summer months here on the river, due to the season's high water flows. I thought taking a float boat would help give us some more luck. However this was not the case. While we didn't hook any fish on the boat, we did have a great time. Weston was in the kayak the entire time, and said he loved it! It was fun, and sorta like a roller coaster. After the float trip was over, we still had some daylight, so we went to wade a spot we saw coming down on the float trip. It looked good, but we didnt catch any. Colin though hooked a decent fish, that started jumping like a tarpon. It really was an amazing site to see. Overall we had a great time. Even though there weren't any fish in the net, it was enjoyable just being on the water, and with some great company. I think even Matt had a good time while floating us. He was very skilled, and made for a fun day.
  16. Electra lake is an amazing lake in Southern Colorado. I saw fish stacked heavily, and they were all really nicely sized trout. It was almost too easy to catch them when they were there that thick. Just a blast of a day. http://youtu.be/58Fwrja7R0c
  17. This is probably one of the more beautiful rivers I have ever fished. It is early in the year, so the trout aren't really feeding to vigorously. The bugs aren't hatching yet, and the real beauty of this river hasn't yet bloomed. I hear dry fly fishing in the spring, summer and fall is amazing! There are some really large browns in this river from what I hear. Also I am quite convinced that there are pike in that small lake after getting bit off twice. I will have to research a bit more to find out if they actually do have pike there. I will be heading back to the Dolores River soon for sure! Honestly I am not sure why they call it a "river" because its really small. Looks more like a creek to me. However maybe it gets wider further down the river. But either way, its very beautiful and peaceful there.
  18. So, the weather was miserable, and cold. We fished all morning in the snow without seeing the sun. Finally the sun came out, and we actually got a fish. Then the storm came again and we got caught in sleet, snow and some small hail on our way back to the car. Was the weather bad? Yes... Did we still have a great time? YES!!!. Don't ever give up on fishing just cause the weather doesn't look great. Bad weather fishing days can be some of the most memorable.
  19. Ok so, literally on the first cast, I hooked a fish and landed him. He wasn't huge, but still a great start to a day. I thought after that fish, that I would end up having a 20+ fish day, but that didnt happen. It took a lot of work and moving around to find more fish, not what I expected after the first few minutes of fishing.
  20. One of the last free-flowing rivers in the state of Colorado, the Animas River is a unique and rare treasure. With the newest and one of the best Gold Medal Water fly-fishing sections in Colorado, the Animas is a river that should be on your list of places to fish. When Juan Rivera passed through this corner of Colorado in 1765, he named the river El Rio de las Animas Perdidas en Purgatorio, “The River of the Lost Souls in Hell.” To Rivera and his Spanish compatriots, the valley was remote, bleak, and had little to offer them in the way of riches. The Animas River is the major stream draining the high alpine terrain of the Needle Mountains. It heads in small meadows on the flanks of Cinnamon Mountain north of Silverton, then plunges through wild canyons as it carves a route between the Needle and West Needle Mountains. By the time it reaches Durango, the Animas has grown to a large river. Out of the mountains the Animas meanders through a shallow depression across broad plains. South of the New Mexico border at Farmington the Animas joins the San Juan River. Fortunately, public access to the Animas River within the city of Durango is plentiful with almost 7 miles of river from 32nd Street Bridge to the Rivera Bridge south of town. Two parcels of private land are found in this stretch, but they are well marked. Foot and bike trails parallel the river through much of town, providing abundant easy access. The Animas is big water. In Durango the river is almost 100 feet wide, filled with huge rocks and deep holes. The river offers extensive riffles, freestone conditions, and stretches of pocket water. The bottom consists of gravel and cobbles. The rocks are as slick as those in any river in the West, and anglers must always be very cautious when wading. Wet wading is popular in summer, but waders are called for in the early season and in the fall. A year or so back, the EPA spilled about 3 million gallons of toxic chemicals into the river. These chemicals included heavy metals like lead, arsenic, zink and iron. For a week the river turned bright orange and many thought the river was done for. However after cleanup, and time, the river has seemed to turn back to what it originally was. Fish show no signs of poisoning, and supposedly the river water is safe to drink. This trip started (and almost ended) very frustrating. I didnt see a single fish all day, and didn't even get one bite on the line. At the end of the day when I was further down stream, I fell in the water which pretty much made me quit fishing. As I walked back to the car, I decided to try one last spot. The spot where I hooked a big trout my last trip. I ended up hooking a very good sized brown trout, one of the largest Ive ever caught. It had to have been 24-25" at least. It was a beautiful fish, with hooked jaws. The rod I hooked that fish on was a 9' 6wt Sage Method, with a 3250 sage reel. I had a 7wt outbound short line with an intermediate sink tip, and I was fishing a size 10 cone head slump buster streamer in olive. Some of the above info about the animas was gotten from the Duranglers website with their permission.
  21. Guys and girls... inspired by FishingBob I've been looking for something like this in Australia for a while now.... And finally... It's happened! Australia's first Chapter of "Casting for Recovery" is being operated out of Canberra (our Nation's capital) by the A.C.T Flyfishers. This is great, because while to some of you the idea of trout in Australia is a little outside the square, we have some great fisheries, in both stream and lake, that originated from the introduction of trout about a 100 years ago or so. In this instance, the location of Canberra, and accessibility provides the ladies a great chance to fish some our picturesque subalpine and alpine lakes, such as the Eucambene and Tantangara Reservoirs. Anyhoo... The next event is being held later this year. And that's where you come in! The aim for the event is to have 12 women participate in the retreat, so I am asking for 11 "swappers / donors" (plus myself). I have yet to approach a stockist for some little boxes to put the flies in for the ladies (but hopefully we'll get there). When I asked about flies the list came as follows: unweighted and weighted pheasant tail nymphs: #12 to #16; hare and copper nymphs: #12 to #16; olive or black woolly buggers: #10 to #12; parachute adams: #14 to #16; and elk hair caddis: #14 to #16 The only specific request they had was that if we could use barbless hooks if possible. I will ask for participants to tie 2 examples of each so that each of the 12 ladies end up with a little box of 10 flies. SM: Li'lDave - done 2. netabrookie - arrived 3. Horseshoes - arrived 4. fishingbobnelson - arrived 5. retrocarp - arrived 6. vicrider - arrived 7. PJ2 in the mail 8. decisions - arrived 9. Idaho RC - arrived 10. jburge - arrived 11. Adam saarinen - arrived 12. Done Please comment with I'm in. At this stage my correspondence has been solely via email, however if you wish to do some research for yourself you will find these guys, and see that they have just held the first Australian CfR retreat this year. Plenty of time for those that want to play. August 31 will be the deadline to have them in my hands here, which will give me time to sort out the boxes and get them down to their new homes. Thank you.
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLTb3KKaCoA Here's my how-to tutorial on tying the Moc's Cert Moc's Cert is named for Moc Morgan, legendary fly fisher of West Wales The pattern was concocted by his friends from all the best features of successful sewin flies Accordingly, the Moc's Cert has proven to be a most effective pattern Let me know if you have any questions!
  23. https://youtu.be/tBio0V0vk9k Click here to see my video demonstration for tying a Lumi Fly, to catch Sewin at night The Lumi Fly is a luminous night-time pattern developed for the sewin, or seatrout. It fishes by its own light after charging with a torch. The fly is visible as it swings across the current. When the light goes out - strike! Hook: Kamasan B180 Low Water Salmon Hook; sizes 10 - 4 Thread: Black Rib: Fine gold Danvilles wire Body: Flyman Lumi tape Wing: Dyed black squirrel tail, extending just beyond the hook bend If you have any questions I'd be happy to answer them!
  24. Question: does anyone fish (freshwater) crab patterns for trout? Had a look in the archives but didn't find any related threads. Reason im asking is that i read online about a guy fishing in zimbabwe that caught a rainbow with a belly full of crabs, which intrigued me. http://www.flyfishing.co.uk/destination-fishing/248401-zimbabwe-trip-part-1-operation-trout.html
  25. Putah Creek is one of the premier trophy trout fisheries in Northern, CA. Located an hour from Sacramento, and an hour and a half from San Francisco, near the beautiful Napa Valley in the heart of wine country. Putah is a challenging fishery but with the help of a top tier professional guide, there is real opportunity to hook up with a trophy trout, and have one of the best fly fishing experiences of your life. Call (707)287-2939 for more info or... For more information go to: http://www.offthehookflyfishing.com/p... To book a trip with one of our experienced guides go to: http://www.offthehookflyfishing.com/b... To get the right gear and flies for Putah please contact us at the shop at http://www.flyfishingspecialties.com/ or (916)722-1055
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