I had a day off today, so I headed up to the Taylor River C&R to fish the mayfly hatches. I got some nice fish, but they certainly made me work for it.
We had to deal with some pretty big water today after a couple of days of rain in the mountains, but the guys did well and landed some good fish. We fished streamers, nymph rigs, and hopper-dropper rigs and worked the river pretty hard. It paid off for Hanes with this nice brown trout here.
We really went through the fly box today working on some VERY fussy fish up in some nice ponds in Taylor Park. Julie, Chloe and Sophie managed to hook a few fish, and Chloe got this nice rainbow to the net.
Peter and Dick came up from New Mexico to fish a couple of days with me this weekend. We fished the Taylor and Gunnison rivers and saw some good hatches and lots of fish. The guys did great and caught a lot of really nice wild fish, like this nice rainbow of Peter’s below. It was a fun time on the river and I hope they’ll be back again. Happy retirement Peter!
Julie does better each time out on the river now, and it’s a joy for me to watch her progress. She had a really great day today and it was lots of fun. She is the master of the wiggle set!
Dick had an excellent day on the river today, fishing nymphs early and throwing a hopper-dropper rig later on. He landed a lot of really nice fish, including a big rainbow just over 20 inches and another chunky rainbow nearly 19 inches long. It was an awesome day! Thanks Dick!
Peggy and Betsy did very well on the river yesterday, hooking up with a lot of beautiful wild trout on dry flies. Peggy caught this very pretty brown trout here just as the Green Drakes and PMDs were starting to hatch. And then it really got good! Great job ladies!
I had about two hours to myself today and decided to run up and fish in the Taylor Canyon. I hit the Drake and PMD hatch for a very short while and had fun catching fish on a big dry fly. I then spotted a large fish sitting on the bottom, so I added a nymph below my dry fly and sight-fished to it. It was pretty exciting landing this fat, healthy, 20-inch rainbow on my Leonard Hunt taper bamboo rod (made by AJ Thramer). Wish I had more time to fish!
Pat had a great day on the river today, landing lots of really nice fish including this one here. It was nearly all cutthroat with a little rainbow in it. This fish took a Green Drake, but we got lots of nice takes on a big adult Golden Stone as well. It was a FUN day!
Had a fun day with Tom and John today, fishing mostly dry flies throughout the day. The early morning clouds and little bit of rain at the start helped the fishing, and the guys caught fish into the late afternoon. John caught this really nice brown around midday on a small PMD in the riffle. Love that riffle and rise!