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Trout Unlimited Trout Salvage

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Trout Unlimited Trout Salvage

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is getting ready to poison herman gulch so they can stock the true greenback trout.  So before they do they helped TU to salvage as many fish as we could.  It was a great day.  Beautiful area, it reminded me how much I love small stream fishing.  Not to mention gorgeous fish.

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Bronze Backs

Bronze Backs

Went on a great trip to Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota a couple weeks ago.  Ken Douglas invited me to go fish with his son Josh Douglas who is a Bass Pro.  It was an unbelievable trip.  They threw the fly fisherman on the back of the boat and said go at it.  WOW.  Cannot thank Josh and Ken enough.  By the way got the Bronze Backs on Clousers and a sinking line.  

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The Blue

The Blue

The Blue is a half hour from my doorstep.  I fish here a lot, in the winter especially.  It's a great place to get your sight fishing on!  Light tippet and long leaders help here.  Small indicators are best, not to spook the fish. I almost always nymph here.  Short line high sticking is very effective here.  I prefer to fish the section from Chipotle upstream. Sometimes I make it all the way to the dam.  I'm looking for fish and movement.  If I don't see a fish, I'm moving on.  Unless there is a lot of pressure, I'm usually...

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Williams Fork

Williams Fork

I fished the Williams Fork and the Colorado River near Parshall a while back for the first time.  I had a great time and caught several fish. The Williams Fork is a tail and is skinny water, similar to Clear Creek.   There are A few larger fish in there as well.  I did see some bigger fish chasing some smaller ones so streamers make work there as well.  I focused my effort on short line high sticking.  Nymphs and emergers were working well.  RSII's, brassies, BWO patterns, and an egg as a lead fly should do the trick.  Dry-Dropper rigs...

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Clear Creek

Clear Creek

What's that? A Dry Fly?  Yes!!  I haven't seen any fish rising much yet, except to eat my Putterbaugh Caddis, shown in the mouth of this trout.  I fish a dry/dropper rig on Clear Creek whenever I can get away with it.  Each day is getting better on Clear Creek.  Warm cloudy days seem to be the best. The fish on Clear Creek are small and very spooky on sunny days.  The Rainbow Warrior for my dropper has been working very well.  All of Idaho Springs is fishing well.  I haven't made it down into the canyon.  I imagine it...

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