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buzzmcmanus
03-21-2011, 08:00 AM
Sunday, around noon, I'd had enough of work for the weekend and decided I needed a little time in the mountains. I threw my fishing stuff in the Jeep and did a mental checklist of my equipment. Fly rod-check, reel-check, fly box-check, waders and boots-check. After a quick stop in LRO for a new license, I was headed into the park. At the trailhead, I'd pieced together my rod and was pulling out my reel, it hit me. In my right hand was a reel for my 3 weight park rod, and in my left hand was a fast action 5 weight. Too late to worry about it now. I strung up my rod and headed up stream.

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It was nice to see some wildflowers starting to bloom.

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I walked a good 45 minutes and didn't notice another fisherman. I decided to hop in and tied on a quill gorden with a BHPT dropper.

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Casting was dificult at best, but I managed to get the flies in front of me and caught this on the pheasant tail.
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Within a few cast, this hit the dry.
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My dropper became all wrapped up with everything, so I clipped it off. Casting became somewhat managable. Around 5:30 fish started rising everywhere. I proceded to catch even more of these.
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I ended up catching 15-20 fish, all but 1 one a dry, with one that measured at 10.5 inches.
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Just before dark, I also caught this little guy. I don't know what he was doing there.
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I got home late, and my wife had already ordered a pizza, but I ate good.
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Crockett
03-21-2011, 08:51 AM
Great report Buzz. I can tell generally where you were at from the pics and I am surprised you found a speck there too unless you got way on up that trail. What cost you the $136?

buzzmcmanus
03-21-2011, 09:22 AM
What cost you the $136?
Sportsman's license. I'm pretty unimaginative when it comes to naming threads.

It was, by far, the lowest I've ever caught a speck there.

ChemEAngler
03-21-2011, 09:43 AM
Nice report and pics Buzz. I am very surprised that you didn't see anybody else fishing.

I just found out that my business trip to NJ got cancelled this week, and so this is good news for the following reasons:


I don't have to go to Jersey
I get to fish one afternoon this week
I don't have to go to Jersey
Momma is happy
I don't have to go to Jersey
Little man is happy
Did I mention I don't have to go to JERSEY?

:biggrin:

I may be looking for a fishing companion if you are game for a few hours tomorrow afternoon. I plan to get to the park around 2:00, and fish till probably 7:00.

Barbara
03-21-2011, 09:44 AM
Nice picture of the wild flowers and even better of the fish! I am going this afternoon. Hope the water warms up a little earlier than 5:30!

I don't know where you were fishing but the speck made me think of something I've wondered about since I heard the forest service was going to repoison the stream at the end of Middle Prong (forgot the name!) and restock with speck because they found rainbow in there.

Why are they so concerned about rainbow? I was under the impression that speck could compete with rainbow, it was the brown that they couldn't handle.

buzzmcmanus
03-21-2011, 09:50 AM
I may be looking for a fishing companion if you are game for a few hours tomorrow afternoon. I plan to get to the park around 2:00, and fish till probably 7:00.
Travis, Shoot me an email. I saw the weather for tomorrow. There's no way I'm not going.

ramappraisals@yahoo.com

narcodog
03-21-2011, 12:23 PM
Nice picture of the wild flowers and even better of the fish! I am going this afternoon. Hope the water warms up a little earlier than 5:30!

I don't know where you were fishing but the speck made me think of something I've wondered about since I heard the forest service was going to repoison the stream at the end of Middle Prong (forgot the name!) and restock with speck because they found rainbow in there.

Why are they so concerned about rainbow? I was under the impression that speck could compete with rainbow, it was the brown that they couldn't handle.

Not to start anything but specks do not fair well with either Bows or Browns. The mission of the PS is to get the streams back to what was natural and Bows and Browns are not natural. They are an invasive species.

tennswede
03-21-2011, 12:42 PM
Travis and Buzz,

I'm thinking about a late run to the park tomorrow afternoon also. I won't get there until 5:30 or so. Planning on fishing road side until dark. Anyone in the vicinity stop by and say hi. You all can probably figure out where I'll be. Look for an old dirty Ford Ranger.

Mundele
03-21-2011, 12:57 PM
Nice to see fishable water levels...

David Knapp
03-21-2011, 02:54 PM
Interesting to see a brookie from that area...I caught a YOY brookie yesterday from the bridge just below the Huskey Gap trail on LR. I figured the high water had washed it down from a couple miles or more upstream. Interesting that one got clear down to where you were fishing...just goes to show how powerful the water can be up there...

rbreedi1
03-21-2011, 05:30 PM
Nice fish! Thanks for the report.

buzzmcmanus
03-21-2011, 06:34 PM
Look for an old dirty Ford Ranger.

When I got back to the trailhead yesterday, I saw a single cab, white Ford Ranger parked right next to me and thought it might be you. It was already dark thirty and I figured I'd wait on you to walk out. But when I got closer I saw they didn't have the same stickers as you. So, I took off. Turned out to be a Mazda copy of the Ranger anyways.

jross
03-21-2011, 07:26 PM
3's company and 4's a party!
well let's just make this a party! I can stop by and say HI if ya'll don't mind. So....where will ya'll be and what will you be driving? :biggrin:

ChemEAngler
03-21-2011, 10:11 PM
3's company and 4's a party!
well let's just make this a party! I can stop by and say HI if ya'll don't mind. So....where will ya'll be and what will you be driving? :biggrin:

jross and Hans,

We don't really know where we will be fishing tomorrow, as it sounds like it will be a last minute decision. I will be driving a bright blue BMW, so stop by and say hi if you see it. My license plate kinda gives me away.... :)

jross
03-21-2011, 10:58 PM
yeah, I don't even know if I can get let off the leash tomorrow!...bbbuuuuttt If I can go fishing I will. I've got my fingers crossed!:biggrin:

I'll be in grayish/green subaru legacy from IN if you seee me out.

spotlight
03-22-2011, 01:02 AM
Interesting to see a brookie from that area...I caught a YOY brookie yesterday from the bridge just below the Huskey Gap trail on LR. I figured the high water had washed it down from a couple miles or more upstream. Interesting that one got clear down to where you were fishing...just goes to show how powerful the water can be up there...

hmm? I wonder if those fish will stay that low? or will they migrate back to higher elevation?

buzzmcmanus
03-22-2011, 07:25 AM
yeah, I don't even know if I can get let off the leash tomorrow!...bbbuuuuttt If I can go fishing I will. I've got my fingers crossed!:biggrin:

I'll be in grayish/green subaru legacy from IN if you seee me out.

I should have relized it was spring break and you'd be in town. Stop by if you see us.

Barbara
03-22-2011, 09:30 AM
Fished Roaring Fork yesterday. The water level was perfect, so clear the fish were spooky. Caught a bunch of "invasive species" ;) all small but fat and full of jump. Lots of fun rock hopping and trying to sneak up on small pools. Sporatic hatches, few stone flies and a very tiny something I couldn't id. Fish started taking dry fly about 1:30 and I used dry the rest of day. March brown was favorite, also hit parachute adams, #14. I would have used #16 if I'd had one I could see as they seemed to prefer smaller flies. Sorry no pics I got caught up in spring fishing.

Jack thought he could climb a steep bank after a long winter of sitting and gaining a few pounds. Got almost to the top and couldn't get up or get down. I was at the truck and noticed a car stopped just below where he was. Then another car stopped. Both gentlemen got out and gave him a hand out of his predicament. Much appreciated and isn't it nice to know there are good people still out there glad to help out. God bless 'um.