South Platte River – 04/15/2024
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by wellerfish
10h ago
Time: 11:30AM – 4:00PM Location: Eleven Mile Canyon South Platte River 04/15/2024 Photo Album The hallmark of outstanding blue wing olive action is nasty weather, and Monday, April 15 was one of those days. I wrapped up our federal and state taxes on Saturday, and I decided to reward myself with a day of fly fishing. I was disgusted with my last visit to Eleven Mile Canyon on 04/03/2024, so I decided to seek redemption. There was some risk to this decision, however, as the weather app forecast wind speeds of 14 to 17 MPH during most of the time I expected to be on the water. The high temperatu ..read more
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Big Thompson River – 04/12/2024
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by wellerfish
3d ago
Time: 11:00AM – 2:45PM Location: Canyon below Estes Park Big Thompson River 04/12/2024 Photo Album Another fabulous early spring day was forecast for Friday, April 12, and I decided to take advantage for a day of fly fishing. After the long drive on Wednesday to the Arkansas River, I was averse to making a trip in excess of two hours, so I focused on South Boulder Creek and the Big Thompson River. Both locations projected high temperatures in the low sixties, and flows were favorable on both streams. South Boulder Creek was running at 44 CFS and the Big Thompson rolled along at 55 CFS. The fly ..read more
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South Platte River – 04/03/2024
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by wellerfish
1w ago
Time: 11:00AM – 3:15PM Location: Eleven Mile Canyon South Platte River 04/03/2024 Photo Album Highs in the upper 60’s in Denver, CO prompted me to search for a fishing destination on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. After some blue winged olive action on the Arkansas River on my last trip, I decided to investigate the presence of olives on the South Platte River in Eleven Mile Canyon. Historically I experienced some fabulous days in early April on that tailwater river. I invited my young fishing companion, Nate, to join me on his weekday off; and he accepted. We met at a park and ride along I25, and ..read more
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Arkansas River – 03/27/2024
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by wellerfish
2w ago
Time: 11:00AM – 4:30PM Location: Big Horn Sheep Canyon Arkansas River 03/27/2024 Photo Album I was seeking warmer temperatures somewhere in Colorado after another slug of winter hit the state on Sunday, March 24, 2024. As I scanned my Weather Underground app, I noted that most highs were in the 40’s, and I am averse to fishing in winter conditions. However, I discovered a ray of hope, when I tapped on the Canon City location, where the high on Wednesday was expected to peak at 52 degrees. I decided to explore the lower Arkansas River. I was reluctant to fish in the lower canyon because of the ..read more
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Arkansas River – 03/20/2024
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by wellerfish
1M ago
Time: 11:30AM – 3:45PM Location: Big Horn Sheep Canyon Arkansas River 03/20/2024 Photo Album My last fishing outing was on 03/12/2024, and my friend, Howie, and I experienced a skunking on Bear Creek. The largest snowstorm of the year swept through Colorado on March 14, and that halted any thoughts I had of visiting a local stream. I celebrated my birthday on Saturday, and for some unknown reason I was wiped out by sickness early Monday morning. This circumstance also interrupted my fly fishing plans; however, by Wednesday, March 20, the first full day of spring, my health and the area rivers ..read more
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Clear Creek – 03/10/2024
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by wellerfish
1M ago
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM Location: West of Golden, CO Clear Creek 03/10/2024 Photo Album My last fly fishing outing was on March 1, 2024, and I had a strong desire to revisit a local stream on March 10. The weather since March 1 was either too cold for my preference, or nice weather coincided with days, when I had other commitments. A high in the mid-60’s in Denver on March 10 convinced me to make the short drive to Clear Creek. The canyon was packed with outdoor enthusiasts including dog walkers, runners, hikers, fishermen and rock climbers. The first two parking lots west of Golden along the P ..read more
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North Fork of St. Vrain Creek – 03/01/2024
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by wellerfish
1M ago
North Fork of St. Vrain Creek 03/01/2024 Photo Album A projected high in the mid-60’s in Denver motivated me to plan a day of fly fishing on Friday, March 1, 2014. I debated between Clear Creek and the North Fork of St. Vrain Creek, but a wind icon on Weather Underground for Idaho Springs prompted me to choose the North Fork of St. Vrain Creek. I recently underwent physical therapy for an annoying case of tennis elbow resulting from overly aggressive pickleball sessions, so I was cautiously interested in testing my elbow’s reaction to fly casting. I arrived at the parking area for my chosen s ..read more
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Green Drake Comparadun – 02/06/2024
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by wellerfish
1M ago
Green Drake Comparadun 02/06/2024 Review my post of 02/07/2023 for the latest modifications of my green drake comparadun tying method. If you read this post, you will learn that there are occasions, when the parachute style loses its effectiveness, and in these instances I default to the comparadun. I suspect the large and dark fanned -shaped wing better represents the dark fluttering wing of a natural western green drake, and this explains its desirability during the heart of the hatch. This is not always the case, but I like having some in my fly box for that eventuality. I concluded that m ..read more
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Parachute Green Drake – 02/05/2024
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by wellerfish
1M ago
Parachute Green Drake 02/05/2024 Photo Album My post of 02/05/2023 does an excellent job of summarizing my takeaways from tying the parachute green drake over many years. It also contains a link to the previous year post, and you can trace my parachute green drake evolution back through time should you have the desire. It is no secret that I love fishing to western green drakes, and who wouldn’t? Slap a highly visible size 12 or size 14 on your line and be confident that any fish in the vicinity will search them out and crush your fly. I have experienced days, when I only observed a pair of n ..read more
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Mini Chubby Chernobyl – 02/04/2024
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by wellerfish
1M ago
Mini Chubby Chernobyl 02/04/2024 Photo Album I encountered an Instagram video of a tier producing a mini chubby Chernobyl, and I was instantly struck with the desire to add a few of these to my collection of flies. Why? Because quite often I am frustrated by repeated refusals to the large surface fly in a dry/dropper, and this translates to the fish ignoring the trailing dropper flies. Could a smaller-sized chubby Chernobyl resolve this problem? Downsizing has often been a successful strategy for overcoming the large fly refusal syndrome. The mini chubby is very similar to its larger cousin ..read more
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