Thursday, July 26, 2012

Front Range Anglers Fishing Report: Getting the Most from a Guided Trip

I couldnt have said this better my self

Front Range Anglers Fishing Report: Getting the Most from a Guided Trip: A few days ago I got an email from a customer complaining about a guided trip he arranged in Estes Park through an outfitter I will not name...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Voodoo Squatch

More Photos

Recent Trips

I have been extremely busy guiding this year and have had little time to post. The clutch went out on my 4runner and now Im down from work for a couple days so I thought I would catch up on my blog and post some pictures as well. This summer has been REALLY good for fishing on the front range. With the exception of the fires that torched Colorado Springs, and the Cache la Poudre Canyon, everything has been fishing great. The Big Thompson has been fishing well in the mornings as of late, but the water temps in the afternoons have been reaching the mid to upper 60's which is bad for the fish and could kill them if fought too hard or too long. Boulder creek has been fishing well also as the grey drakes are tapering off and the green drakes start hatching fishing should continue to improve as well as the hopper fishing. Clear creek still has plenty of water and the hopper fishing just gets better and better. I have also done quite a few trips to Rocky Mountain National Park and I will now post some pictures from the park trips I have done recently.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Rocky Mtn. Team USA Regional Qualifier

I am heading out today to fish the Rocky Mtn Regional in Basalt CO this weekend.  with 35 Competitors this should be a great comp as it is the biggest to date this year.  Ill be on the Roaring fork and the Frying Pan rivers as well as Ruedi Res.  I made a bomber trip over there last friday as I had never fished the fork before and let me tell you it did not disappoint!

These are only a few of the fish I caught. As you can see the water was high and muddy from the low altitude snow melt.  I fished with good friend Ben Mcgee and got some good intel on the waters for myself and my teammates. I will try to keep my blog updated throughout the comp, but I expect that I will post a full report when I return.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Performance Flies

I just got named to the Performance Flies Pro Staff.   This is an exciting opportunity for me.  I have been using Kevin's products for 4 years now and was one of if not the first to fish the Dohiku hooks in the United States.  They are great products and I look forward to helping in anyway I can.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Hoppers in March

I have been fishing everyday this week (since turning 30 on sat) and needless to say, the fishing on the front range is off the hook right now.  Baetis nymphs and dries have been producing the most fish, but there are also caddis present as well as little black stones and HOPPERS! Yes I said it. Hoppers.  Fishing Clear Creek today was quite interesting being March 30th with hoppers flying around.  Fish weren't keying on them, but they are present.  Should be a great weekend to get out and fish.  Heading to the Roaring Fork on Sunday for some practice for the Basalt Comp in May.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Photo Blog.......Western Regional

The Truckee River in Reno had some pretty AMAZING fish in it.  I'm so glad I had the opportunity to get out there and fish and spend some time with guys I haven't seen in quite a while.  A special thanks goes out to Doug Ouellette and the Truckee River Fly fishers for hosting this event.  It was well run and meeting several of the controllers and other club members was a great experience.  I hope to see some of you all again.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Team USA SE Regional Qualifier Practice and sessoin 1

After arriving in Brevard, NC for the 2012 Se regional qualifier I was feeling pretty confident about placing well again this year.  I had an extra day to fish as I drove into town a day earlier than my teammates Josh Graffam, Josh Stephens, Pat Weiss, Chris Lee, and Loren Williams, so I had an extra day to fish.  Hoping to get a collective result of fishing the Davidson River, I fished the East Fork of the French Broad river on a rainy Thursday morning/afternoon.  Practice went well for me as I caught near 30 fish in my practice session on various flies.  It really didn't seem to matter what to throw as the fish were sitting exactly where they should have been sitting. I pumped a few stomachs and got a good idea of what the fish were eating and kick seined and flipped over rocks to see what was actually in the stream that might be of some help if I got into a tight spot.

Friday dawned a new day and my the rest of the team had arrived as I was finishing up an evening session on the Davidson  in the practice water behind the shop.  We all got together after dinner Thursday night and formulated a game plan for the next day as well as went over what worked and didn't on the East fork.  We decided to fish the Davidson as it would prove to be the tougher venue and one that we would need to spend the most time figuring out especially after it had been hit several times.  She proved to be a tough adversary, but we all managed to catch some fish and all felt confident about how our sessions would go.  We compared flies and made sure we each knew what to do.

After the draw Friday night, I was feeling really confident about my group and that I could possibly pull out another win.  Things went well the first two sessions as I had 2 placing points going into day two.  I fished the Davidson River Outfitters water directly behind the shop.  I had watched the owner of the BBQ joint next door throw crumbled hush puppies in the water and the massive amount of fish that were extremely spooky swarm the hush puppies like hatchery trout on pellets.  The session was about to start when just about every fish in that section started rising to micro caddis and midges.  I foolishly started fishing for them knowing that they would be extremely spooky.  I only spent 10 minutes fishing to them before giving up and reverting to what I know best.  I found the smallest soft hackles that i had in my box and decided to fish them on an extremely long leader  and decided to wait for a fish to rise and cast above him and swing my fly to him.  This proved to be an excellent way to provoke strikes and after the 3rd missed fish I finally landed my first fish.  I ended up with 8 including several fish from the top part of my beat in the super glassy water. Session 2 and pictures to come next

Friday, February 24, 2012

New Venture

I am just now completing a move back to Colorado.   I will now be guiding for Front Range Anglers in Boulder, CO.  I am looking forward to this new venture in my life as well as  building a life with my fiance Jamie.  I will update soon with pictures and results from the SE Regional Team USA qualifier. Thank you to all my friends and family that have supported me in the last few years in pursuing my dreams as a professional fly fisherman.  It means the world to me and I can't say thank you enough.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Practice on NFoW morning session

Here are a few fish from my morning session today.  Fishing was tough for about the first 45 min until the water warmed up a few degrees.  Then it was on like Donkey Kong!