OUR INTENTION IS TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO EXPLORE OUR PRICELESS PUBLIC LANDS, AND FIND THEIR OWN PIECE OF SOLITUDE. WE ALSO WISH TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL INSIGHT TO THE ANGLING THOUGHT PROCESSES AND TECHNIQUES USED BY OUR GUIDES. WE DO NOT WISH TO PUT UNESSACERY AMOUNTS OF ANGLING PRESSURE ON THESE SMALL ECOSYSTEMS, SO THE CREEKS HERE SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS. ENJOY YOUR ADVENTURES!
(Sometimes talking to one of our shop guys or gals in person can squeeze out a bit of additional info as well)
***New editions coming soon, higher elevations are a great place to be right now with some of our larger river systems getting too warm for trouts safety***
"SOMETIMES THE CREEK IS A LAKE"
September came in with a powerfull coldfront, so we headed to the high country before time ran out....
Some fully waterproof Fishpond gear makes a slushy, cold day much more comfortable...
The long snowy hike was suspensful, as we werent sure if there was a trout population in this lake or not, but in the end it payed off...
"BIG NYMPHING" GOES CREEKING
By: Grant Chacosky
As the dog-days of August drag on, and water temps rise with decreasing flows, seek the path less taken. Alpine freestone creeks provide relief from the heat and the crowds, and the fish are always looking up. These creeks can be super fun escape to fish the way that you want, generally in solitude.
Don’t be afraid to hike past the trail head or parking lot. Although productive looking water may exist just outside the truck door, most visitors to theses places won’t walk more than a mile. Enjoy the walk and the exploration of a new stretch, or the familiarity of a lost trail to a hidden gem of times past. Pack a bite to eat, a cold-snack, you’re favorite fishing partner (two legged or otherwise) and your some old trusty dries.
Water clarity shouldn’t be an issue in these creeks this time of year, so if the fish can see it, good chance they will eat it. With an increasingly shortening window to feed, “matching-the-hatch” will not be as important as a well placed cast with an appropriately sized buggy attractor.
Look for cut banks, pools below shallow riffles, overhanging brush, and wood structure to be your most productive habitat. These areas provide shade and protection for trout. Taller grassy banks will provide a great opportunity to cast terrestrial patterns, (think small hoppers, beetles, and especially ants) to eager brook and brown trout.
So long! Thanks for reading - Grant aka "Big Nymphing"
CREEKIN' WITH THE BOYS
When you have some friends in town and all the local fishing spots are crowded, it can be a great refuge to hit the high country. Ben McCormick got out of the shop for a day, and had a blast with his buddies. Have a read about their day below...
ADVENTURES WITH CUTTHROAT
We recently had the pleasure of taking out our first high alpine fishing adventure for the summer. We will let the photos from our guides Mike Wallace, and Matt Campanella do the talking on this one...
Its always a great exeprience to share a beautiful place, and a few trout with the family!
Small creeks often boast diverse bug life, like these large yellow mayfly nymphs (also note the large caddis larva in its net of vegetation).
An enormous cased caddis larva that used pebbles to build it's case...
The Lamson Remix is a great creek reel, light, dent resistant, and fully sealed. It was a blast to fish on this Scott Rods 3 weight.
The trout where just as pretty as the reel...
After finding quite a few large yellow mayflies I decided to throw a small yellow hopper traling a size 16 bead head Pheasant Tail Nymph in a bleached yellow color, about 2 feet deep. Both flies hooked trout.
Always bring your number 1 girl to handle the Rising Brookie Net...
Extra karma points if you pack out any trash you find (another great way to use your rising net)...
SIZE VS. BEAUTY
Sometimes fishing smaller creeks can be a sacrafice of fish size for beauty, solitude, and a unique experience. In our opinion this is usually a good trade....
It may not be huge, but its hard to to find tail better than this....