I finally got out of the Gunnison Valley this week and headed out to fish the South Platte River for a few days. It was my first time there and I wanted to see the Deckers area, Cheesman Canyon, Elevenmile Canyon, and The Dream Stream. I didn’t have enough time to really fish all those places, at least not for very long. So I’ll have to go back again to spend a bit more time in certain areas. I really enjoyed Cheesman Canyon and spent two afternoons there hiking and fishing. I caught lots of big beautiful rainbows there, like this nice one below. I look forward to fishing Cheesman again. It was the highlight of my trip.
Fall is my favorite time to fish the Taylor River Canyon. It’s easier to wade with the low flows, and the fishing is excellent. It was a beautiful day on the river yesterday. I caught browns, rainbows, and a really pretty cutthroat.
Now that my guiding season is over, I have some time to chase trout. We’ve had a great fall with beautiful weather, really nice colors in the mountains, and good fishing. This pretty brown trout here came from the East River today. Very pretty wild fish.
After some cold, wet weather, the rivers came up and were a little off-color. This can sometimes make for a fun day of streamer fishing. Jon and Diane did great moving streamers through the pockets and picking up some really nice wild trout.
We’ve had a really good BWO hatch on the rivers this month. The fall BWO is small (about a size 22 or so), so it can be a challenge to fish. But Jon and Diane did great yesterday catching some very nice trout on small dry flies.