Headin' to the mountains

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Headin' to the mountains

Postby Okie » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:39 pm

Leaving Saturday to go to Lake City Colorado to do some fly fishing. This will only be the 2nd time for me fly fishing. We went last year and I feel in love with it. (only caught 1 brown though). We'll be fishing some ponds and the Cebolla River at around 10,500 ft. Anybody got any good tips for a rookie?
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby troutbum76 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:29 pm

are you using a guide or going it alone?
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby troutbum76 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:16 pm

remember that a good 30 foot cast is much more effective than a bad 60 foot cast. wilderness trout are very wary of predators so wear mute colors, and stalk the fish just like you would if you were bowhunting. avoid casting your shadow over where you intend to fish and false cast as little as possible. these kind of fish are very spooky, but they generaly are not picky about fly patterns. i would make sure i had a lot of parachute adams in sizes 18-12, hares ear nymphs size 16-14, pheasant tail nymphs 16-14( i like both of these nymphs with a small bead head so i don't have to use a split shot and the little bit of flash is a real attraction to the fish), some soft hackles in red and pink sizes 16-14, and you can't go wrong with the classic wooly bugger ( i like to tie mine in a long shank size 12 or 10, olive, black, brown and even white), i also never go fishing without some zebra midges as midges are the most abundant aquatic insect in all waters especially lakes. i don't know any thing about the lake you are fishing but remember that the fish will spend most of there time cruising the shallows searching the weed beds for food. when fishing mountain rivers, in particular the smaller ones, i would fish a parachute adams with either the hares ear or pheasant tail on a 12 to 18 inch dropper. go out and pick up a copy of "Fishing The High Country" by john gierach. its is full of great info and very well written. i wish i had known you were going i could have sent you some flies. have fun and be prepared, catching wild trout in the mountains is one of the most incredible experiences you will ever have. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby Okie » Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:31 pm

I'm going it alone. Thanks for all the info and the offer for the flies. I'm really new to this fly fishing stuff, but some of what you said made since. :? I'll write down the names of those flies and see if I can pick some up. Does "Fishing the High Country" have pics of flies in it? I need some way to identify them when I'm fishing.
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby troutbum76 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:53 pm

most fly fishing books will have some mayfly identification guides, but i wouldn't worry too much about matching the hatch as pickings in high mountain streams are slim and the fish very opportunistic. the patterns i recommended are ones that will imitate many different species. concentrate on not alerting the fish of your presence and good presentation. in the rivers focus on getting good drag free drifts and in the ponds try different rates of retrival until you find what works.if you see trout rising pay attention to how they are acting. if the rises are gentile dimples they are sipping adult bugs off the surface, if they they are splashy and aggressive then they are eating the nymphs as they rise to the surface to emerge. the scenery is not as spectacular but we have some world class fly fishing for trout here in arkansas. if you ever want to come over here and we can do some fishing. world record brown trout was caught in the little red river where i do most of my trout fishing. i am very jealous of your trip. i am heading to east tennesse at the end of the summer to go after native brook trout.
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby Greywolf » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:45 am

Just have fun. when all else fails use worms......... Yep, bout covers it......
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby Okie » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:58 am

Thanks for all the info. I'll have to take you up on that someday.
Greywolf, we'll definitely have worms for the youngins.
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby TradRag » Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:50 am

Greywolf wrote:Just have fun. when all else fails use worms......... Yep, bout covers it......


I have caught plenty on whole kernel corn too. That worked great for me in the ponds.
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby Okie » Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:37 am

TradRag wrote:I have caught plenty on whole kernel corn too. That worked great for me in the ponds.


Yep, That's what my dad said he is using.

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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby VT Surf-N-Turf » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:36 am

That looks amazing! I've never tried fly fishing but really want to give it a go. I suspect your going to have a great time. I have caught brook trout on mini-marshmallows! It keeps the kids interested too.
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby TradRag » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:47 am

I have caught brook trout on mini-marshmallows! It keeps the kids interested too.
Plus, it is a fun snack for them too. The kids that is. :D
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby troutbum76 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:24 pm

all those baits are good but the difference in catching a trout on a fly, particularly one you tied yourself, is like the difference in shooting a deer with your compound or that pretty osage recurve. the only way i finally got good at fly fishing was when i started leaving the spinning rod and powerbait at home. also i regularly outfish people using corn, worms, or marshmallows. well i'll step down off my soapbox and say that there is a bait called trout magnet that is killer. ;) check the regulations on the area where you are fishing because a lot of times western rivers are artifical only.
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby robert n leeper » Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:22 pm

the best rule of fly fishing is to sample the water to see what the hatch is and fis with the sun on you back so the fish cant see you . camo works and and a 16 hook mustad tied with a black piece of yarn to make it look like an ant catches a lot of fish
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Re: Headin' to the mountains

Postby bowhunterfrompast » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:38 pm

Okie1...how did your trip turn out. Post pics, we like pics :mrgreen:
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