Big Rainbow

This big rainbow was fun to land on my new bamboo rod. The bow was over 22 inches and was really thick.

Rainbow Trout

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More Bamboo Action

A pretty rainbow with the new bamboo rod, from yesterday on the Gunnison River.

Rainbow Trout

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New Bamboo Rod

I tested out my new bamboo rod yesterday. It was my first day out this season with bamboo. It was a blast. My friend, Ron Barch, makes beautiful rods. I highly recommend Ron if you’re looking for a fine custom made bamboo rod. Visit Ron’s website at: www.aldercreekrods.com.

Brown Trout Brown Trout

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Cold Front

The recent cold snap slowed down the run-off, and the rivers have dropped and cleared. It was cold yesterday when I got to the river (upper 20s), but it warmed up and fishing was very good. I even found a nice brookie.

Rainbow Trout Brook Trout

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Early Run-off

It was a beautiful day on the East River yesterday, and it was fun to get out with Doug and Lewie. We’re in the early stages of run-off, but the river was still in great shape. For reasons unknown to mere mortals, fishing was much slower than I expected. However, we did manage to find a few trout here and there. The rivers are really rising now, and they are getting pretty dirty. The warm temperatures this week have caused the snow to melt a bit early.

Lewie on the East River

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Stoneflies

After the midge hatch was done yesterday afternoon, trout started jumping on stonefly nymphs. It was cold, windy, and snowing off and on, but the fishing was pretty good.

Brown Trout Brown Trout

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Midge Hatch

I hit another great midge hatch yesterday afternoon. This time I brought along an extra rod for dry fly action just in case. I fished my new Orvis Superfine Fiberglass rod and CFO reel to throw a small dry fly the entire time, which lasted nearly three hours. It was really fun fishing this glass rod, especially when I hooked into this nice 18-inch bow.

Rainbow Trout Rainbow Trout

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New YouTube Video – Early Season Midge Hatch

New Video: Early Season Midge Hatch

Check it out on YouTube via the link above or watch it below. Set it to the highest HD setting (1080p).

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Dry Fly Fishing

I hit a brief, but very thick, midge hatch today on the East River. I saw heads and noses and swirls all over the place. I had a heavy nymph rig on, so I had to totally re-rig with a new leader, tippet, and small dry fly. I caught fish after fish for about 30 to 40 minutes during the hatch. It was a blast. Most fish were feeding in a slow riffle, less than a foot deep. The only thing missing was a bamboo rod…and maybe a beer.

Rainbow Trout Rainbow Trout Rainbow Trout

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The Pickle

I have been fishing a stonefly nymph we call the “Pickle” a lot lately. Officially, it is known as Pat’s Rubber Leg Stonefly Nymph. It is a very productive fly even though it doesn’t look quite as sexy as other stonefly patterns.

The Pickle Fly

Brown Trout

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