|Ice on the Poudre River|
JT and I found a couple of hours to get on the river for the first time in 2015!
The day started with a dentist visit for me and we didn't head out until 10:30 am, much later than we normally hit the water. The day was overcast, no wind and the weather forecasters were calling for 50 degree temperatures; perfect weather to get on the water for some winter fly fishing. JT and I loaded up the truck while Mr. Jack Frost reminded us that it was still winter time in Colorado.
|38 degrees and all clear!|
After the traditional large cup of hot coffee, we were heading up the Poudre Canyon and to our surprise, the fisherman hatch was on. JT and I surmised that a well to do fly shop, local club or Trout Unlimited with well intentions, shared with the masses a “well kept secret” location that had every fly fisher anxious to hit the water and crowd into a one mile stretch of water. JT and I have seen the results of well intention organizations sharing the “Top 10 Secret Places to Fish” with its membership and watch an amazing fishery devastated in less than a year’s time, but that is another topic for another post.
|JT working his Amago|
JT and I chose a lower stretch of the Poudre that others had passed over. The weather was perfect and the water was a very crisp 38 degrees. It was not only the first day on the water for us in 2015; JT also had a new Tenkara Amago rod that he wanted to introduce to the Poudre River inhabitants. The Amago is a 13 foot 6 inch Tenkara rod that is named after a beautiful Japanese mountain trout. The rod has an amazing reach; yet, its sensitivity and responsiveness is amazing yet is only 21 inches closed! The matte black finish is very sleek. I looked forward to using the rod; however, could not think of using his new rod until he caught the first fish on it.
|Poudre River Brown|
We knew the fish would be deep and the presentation would have to be slow and in front of their noses. The strikes were very subtle and better described as “gentle takes”. If you were looking for a strike, you were missing fish. The ABU in size 18 allowed us to see the beautiful markings of the Poudre River Browns that call the river home.
|A secret place not so secret anymore...thanks TU!|
We called it quits at around 2:30pm and look forward to the next trip.
Tips from the Trip:
Get on the water and fish!...The best way to improve your skills is to get out and do it.
Slow down… In cold water, slow down your approach, drift, hook set, casting, and your presentation.
Minimize the amount of line on the water… regardless of the style of nymphing you are doing, minimize the amount of line on the water.
Adjust the depth of your nymphs…If everything about you is telling you that a fish is holding in a lie, yet you have not convinced it that you have something it wants, adjust the depth of your nymphs. Get the nymphs in the zone where the fish are eating, in cold water some lies that produced were depth combined with structure.
Get a thermometer… Fish pond makes a fantastic thermometer that is enclosed in a metal tube. Clip it to your boot laces and let it ride between your laces and the tongue of your boot. Turn the tube so you can read the thermometer by stepping on a rock.