Monday, April 21, 2014

Poudre River Brown's

The morning started with a fleece jacket, beanie and entertaining having gloves with me yet equipment needs quickly changed to a baseball hat;  stashing the fleece and definitely not needing gloves as the temperatures climbed into the high 60's in the Poudre Canyon. 

The 46 degree water was moving a little faster than last week at approximately 200cfs; yet still remained clear. Every once in a while a large chunk of green slim or other debris would hint at things to come once the spring snow melt increased.

I was waiting for JT and Jim who were driving up from the fun fort to join me as I enjoyed my morning cup and took in the beauty of the canyon. As I stood over looking the river I could not help but note how calm the canyon was. I sat on the tailgate watching the morning sun creep down into the canyon and warm parts of the river. 

Jim on The Poudre
I was motionless and listened to the variety of nature's sounds that created the morning back drop only interrupted with the occasional car or motorcycle going by.

The wind had left the canyon. Sitting there,  I felt a part of something that made me and my concerns insignificant. I took in the experience for about an hour before pulling myself from the hypnotic rhythm and sounds of the river flowing through the canyon.

I geared up with my 11 foot Tenkara Iwana rod that I tooled up with 13 foot tapered 5X leader adorned with a size #14 ABU and black zebra midge 12 inches apart while I waited.

I started to grow a lil impatient and walked down to the river. I snuck in a dozen casts before JT and Jim rolled up with coffee in their hands.  


After spending time gearing up and talking about fishing we were walking down to a flat stretch of water that would make a dry fly fisher drool. JT was fishing with a Tenkara and Jim was using his traditional western rig. Jim and JT were both using nymphs.


Plenty of water allowed the three of us to fish together and then spread out as each of us saw fit. I fished the opposite bank and JT and Jim fished the near side bank.


The river bottom was loose and large sections of loose sand made for interesting wading. The key was slow and deliberate steps, making sure your footing was solid before taking the next step. Some of the bottom was surprisingly deceptive. Upon the initial step, the bottom felt solid; however, after applying additional weight the sand gave way to shifting sand that drifted down stream. What was once a "solid" bottom gave way to holes and sand covered free stones. Slow and cautious wading was the name of the game.

The water temperature had warmed from the previous week; however, 46 degrees, dictated slow drifts and adjusting to find the correct holding depth of the fish.

Depth was important. Before moving upstream to another location, I  fished obvious structure but more important, I fished any indication of depth. This included smooth glass topped water, seams created by two speeds of current coming together, darker areas of water regardless of the size of the area, and any drop offs.

The takes were subtle yet a number of fish entertained me with exciting tail walks.


The river shared both browns and rainbows with us over the course of the four hours we fished.



TIPS OF THE TRIP...

Bend of the hook relationship to the hook shank: I missed a number of fish early on. When I am not too excited and pulling the fly out their mouths or the position of my hook set is not taking the fly out of their mouth, the position of the tip and bend of the hook in relation of the shank of the hook needs to be adjusted. Bend the hook tip out away from the shank of the hook, especially hook sizes 16 or smaller. Be careful not to break the tip off or change the gap of the hook.

Angle of hook set change: Change the position and angle of your hook set if you are missing fish that strike yet get off or are only on for a few seconds.

Wading safety and footing: Always practice safe wading. Live to fish another day!

HAPPY NYMPHING!










12 comments:

  1. Nice report Al. I can relate to the wading. I've still got scars from last year. It looks like you guys caught a fare share.

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    1. Thanks Howard! You know what I am talking about...bottom here one minute and gone the next....We will see what run off does for us! Always a pleasure!

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  2. Al
    Really like this post, not only for the outstanding browns, but for the fabulous scenery. You guys are so blessed to have the ultimate in trout fishing out there. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Thank you for stopping by and all the support. Remember if you make it out here we will get ya into some of the browns. We are pretty fortunate to chase the trout we chase however, we are envious of the gils and bass you get to chase!

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  3. Nice to see the post!!! Nice photography and tips as usual...we need to hit the stream together before runoff!

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    1. We will hit the river before the runoff without a doubt! Thanks for stopping by and always making time to leave a comment or two! Thanks my friend and tight lines to ya! He you noticed I did mention the beautiful dry fly water we were in.....!

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  4. Beautiful fish...looks like one heck of a day for sure!

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    1. It was a great day and fun had by all. In your travels, if you make it to Northern Colorado we will get you into some. Thanks for stopping by and look forward to your next adventure! It is smallie time!

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  5. Well, my friend, you caught and released several beautiful Browns on this day. Really informative post, too. I have not fished the Poudre in probably (40) years. Much younger then and wading around out there was not a worry. Alas......I am not the wader I used too be. It's a Geezer thing! Will still read of your fine adventures.

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    1. Geezer huh! Anytime you want to come up my friend there are so browns and bows that you can get into without all that wading stuff...have a few spots that are pretty easy for us to get to. It is always a pleasure Sir and I hope I can let ya enjoy some of your old haunts! Tight lines and I will be chasin bass here pretty soon.

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous fish, your making this midwesterner very jealous. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Atlas thanks for stopping by! When you make it out here say the word and we will chase some fish! Until then Ill try to share some of them with ya. Tight lines and chat soon.

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