The Fog of Winter

We’ve had some heavy fog here in the Gunnison Valley this week, and with temperatures down near zero degrees, everything freezes. It looks like someone sprayed the entire valley with a fire extinguisher. We’ve had 20 below zero already, but it’s actually been warmer than normal lately. It’s still too cold to fish though.Frozen Fog

Winter Fishing is for the Birds

I fished the Taylor River this afternoon for a couple of hours. It was in the upper 20s up in the canyon, and the water was very cold as well. Winter is here, no matter what the calendar says. Fishing was very good during the short period of time I fished. There were signs of an eagle feasting on a fish in the snow on the bank of the river. I measured the wing span pattern in the snow, and it was over 7 feet. They are truly amazing birds.Taylor River Brown Trout Eagle wing span pattern in the snow

Colorado TU

Stephanie and Garrett from Colorado TU came to visit with our local TU chapter today and we squeezed in a couple of hours to fish up on the Taylor River before our meeting. They both caught some nice fish during the late afternoon hours.Stephanie's Rainbow Trout

South Platte River

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.Rainbow Trout

Fall Colors

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.Brown Trout