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David Knapp
07-14-2012, 11:28 PM
Yesterday I took a sort of farewell trip to the mountains. I just accepted a job in Colorado near Boulder for the upcoming school year and will be moving soon and just had to go to the mountains one last time. Thankfully I still have family around so will get to return, just not as often as I might like.

I got to fish with my buddy Ethan and have to thank him for taking some great pictures for me. We saw a lot of nice fish out and about and I managed to fool a couple of really pretty fish. Neither was particularly large but left me with great memories that will remind me of home as I move out west.




Both browns came on my version of an Isonychia soft hackle. I'll really miss my favorite mountains but am looking forward to adventures in the Rockies that will hopefully include some fishing. :biggrin:

07-14-2012, 11:51 PM
I know I would miss Southern Appalachia, but the fish are bigger out west. I'm sure you will enjoy it out there. What out for the bears, I hear they are meaner out there. :smile:

07-15-2012, 07:40 AM
Congratulations on the new adventure! Sounds exciting!

Please continue to share some of your fishing adventures out there and when you visit back in TN.:smile:

No matter what; blessings and praise for your fishing stewardship and fabulous reports!

07-15-2012, 08:26 AM
Wishing you the very best on your new adventure.

07-15-2012, 11:28 AM
Great pictures of browns, I have not met you personally only thru your posts here, but I appreciate your reports, your positive attitude and love for the outdoors. Colorado will be a great adventure and I wish you the best in this next chapter of your life and please send reports back to the message board.

07-15-2012, 07:00 PM
David -

I've enjoyed reading your posts, and especially enjoyed fishing the Caney with you. Hopefully you'll post frequently in Fly Fishing for Trout in Other States.

Best of luck out there...


Hal M
07-15-2012, 07:36 PM
Good luck on your move. I've always enjoyed your postings. Let us hear from you filling us in on the Colorado fishing.

Hal M

David Knapp
07-16-2012, 04:00 PM
Thanks guys! I fully intend to still hang out on here and hopefully contribute some out of state reports. Once I figure out my schedule and free up some time I intend to look into the great fishing Colorado has to offer. The area I will be in offers trout as well as warm water species and even some cool stuff like tiger musky. Definitely looking forward to the adventure!!!

07-16-2012, 04:11 PM
Have fun David.

07-16-2012, 07:51 PM
Best of luck out west. Looking forward to some fishing reports showcasing large Colorado trout!!


07-16-2012, 09:11 PM
Blue sky .....clean water & painted fish is waiting for you to turn the page and begin the next chapter.Be safe

Rob Johnson
07-16-2012, 10:28 PM
David, thanks for your replies and fly tying advice. I wish you all the best in this new adventure. Stay in touch.

07-17-2012, 10:18 AM
Congrats - I look forward to CO fishing reports :)

07-17-2012, 04:17 PM
David, best of luck in Colorado! Although I have never met you, I feel as though I know you through your great posts.

I'll give you a couple years, then

..........................:rolleyes:.............. ............

I'll come and visit you! By then you'll know where they hang out! :biggrin:


Scott H.
07-17-2012, 08:10 PM
David. I always enjoy your reports.

Here's wishing you many blessings and good fishing in CO.

And, we all have a place to stay when we visit CO, right?;)


David Knapp
07-17-2012, 10:09 PM
Thanks for all the kind words and thoughts! This is going to be a big adjustment for me but am looking forward to some new fishing holes. Maybe I should start renting rooms to traveling fishermen... :rolleyes: :biggrin: Extra $100/night for info on big fish.....hmmmm.... :biggrin:

07-18-2012, 12:23 PM
And the Smokies trout rejoice.... :biggrin:

- seriously though -

I was wondering if you were going to make a farewell post. It has been a pleasure to fish with you on those rare ocassions where our schedules seemed to line up, and all the discussions regarding fly tying, hiking, and camping that we have had over the past 6 years. Best of luck to you in your career and fishing pursuits in Colorado, and keep in touch whenever you have an opportunity.

I pray you have many blessings and enjoyment in this chapter of your life, and continue to be the excellent steward of our sport that you have proven so many times to be. Don't hesitate to rub our noses in some wonderful trip reports from that other beautiful piece of this country. Take care bud.

07-18-2012, 10:34 PM
I pray that God blesses this chapter in your life richly.
Please drop back in here as often as you can.


Don Kirk
07-19-2012, 08:48 AM
Good Luck on your move. My current wife is from Colorado. I am hoping she will relocate there again in the not so distant future. Brock and I have a place near Grand Junction (we rent it to a guide school during the spring and summer). When I'm out there (mostly during bow elk hunting season), I'd love to show you a couple of high country lakes near the place.

David Knapp
07-19-2012, 11:38 AM
Travis and Darrin, thanks for your thoughts and prayers. They are much appreciated and needed... :)

Don, I love that area on the West Slope. You fish the Grand Mesa area? I have been up there once but did not get to explore much. The Gunnison River down towards Delta/Montrose is one of my all time favorites...you must feel fortunate to have a place in such an awesome area! Would love to meet up with you out there sometime...

07-19-2012, 09:30 PM
Good luck buddy.

07-20-2012, 03:21 PM
Best of luck to you...


07-22-2012, 03:19 PM
Wow! That's great. I'll miss your reports, I've always enjoyed them so much, especially the photography. I feel like I know you personally just from the board. Best of everything to you and your new endeavors and I'll pray for you.

07-22-2012, 08:07 PM
This must be the time for changes - I'm in the midst of a job change myself. You could be moving to worse places - you'll have a ball fishing out there. Such variety, from very big streams and tailwaters to remote streams and alpine lakes. I'm heading out to the San Juans with my youngest at the end of this week. However, I know what it means to miss the Smokies - we were talking about that just the other day, and we're definitely looking at a spring trip.

07-23-2012, 03:53 PM
Well David; I too have enjoyed your posts, pictures and friendly sharing of your experiences.

You will find the fishing is less than year round out west due to run-off from melting snow... so I expect you'll be coming back to fish in the early Spring.

I hope you get to fish the Saint Vrain and become a true trout bum!

Check this out when you get to boulder: http://www.rockymtanglers.com/?refresh=js

Many of my best fly fishing friends (some famous who I will not "name drop") first met In Boulder; some were students, some professors & some trout bums... this was in the 70's.

They shared a big house with the only requirement being a dedication to fly fishing.... you have "read them", tied "their flies", and seen "their art" or purchased "their products" but back then they were just trout bums at the University. Over the years I've heard countless stories of their "college days" fishing the Boulder area. You'll have an awesome time; looking forward to hearing about your new adventures!

David Knapp
07-23-2012, 05:38 PM
Thanks everyone for the well wishes and prayers.

Corbo, fishing at certain times will definitely be challenging although I intend to broaden my horizons to include still waters (when the ice is off, and maybe even ice fishing!) and hopefully some of the fine tailwaters. I'll be back for sure though to see family and enjoy the Smokies, hopefully during the spring hatches in March. You seem to be speaking from experience so if you have any knowledge of the St. Vrain I would love to hear about it (feel free to shoot me an email). The St. Vrain and Boulder Creek will probably be my primary "home" water although I hope to make lots of trips to the South Platte as well as over the divide to hit some West Slope waters. Thanks for the tip on the fly shop...

07-26-2012, 08:06 AM
Get in touch with me when you get out here. I can put you on some blue lining for cutties, browns, and brookies. Also can help with some BIG fish in the larger waterways. Hope you have been tying tricos, and big stimis. You will be out here for the fall and big fish running up from the lake in the Dream Stream.

Hope you are ready for Boulder; it is commonly refered to as 30 square mile surrounded by reality.

Eirik Svare aka bones 502-386-0226

07-30-2012, 04:44 PM
Have fished a lot of So. Colo, Gunnison one of my all time favorites. Grand Mesa is also a hoot; Butz Lake one of the best, but hard on flies as no room to cast and you lose a lot. Am going to float the Black Canyon of the Gunn in SEP; three (3) days and two (2) nites in the Canyon. Really hoping terrestrials all we need; hope to use only big foam hoppers as they hold up well and are easy to fish with. Any one have any suggestions on hopper colors for SEP in the Gunnison? Leaning to brown, away from green, but not sure about orange/red. Any help appreciated. Will try new camera and hope to post some pix. hw3