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David Knapp 05-06-2013 01:27 PM

Elk Standing Factor
 
Yesterday I had to help in a 5k race at my school but still had the late afternoon to get away and fish. Driving through Estes Park, I noticed the elk were all over the place and all but one was standing. I wondered if an elk standing factor near 100% might be a good thing...

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I arrived in Rocky Mountain National Park around 5 and quickly rigged up. The sky was threatening rain so I put on my rain jacket...it was chilly also so the extra warmth was nice.

I wanted to fish streamers so tied on a Bellyache Minnow. On the first cast, a really nice brown swirled but missed. I started working my way downstream, not worrying about other anglers being out on such a nasty day. Glancing off to the west, the sky promised precipitation would be falling shortly.

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I continued working downstream and started noticing fish rising all over. A small hatch of BWOs seemed to be coming off and the fish were feeding as if it was their first meal in months. Since the stream was under ice all winter, it wasn't their first meal but was probably their first banquet in a while.

By this time my fingers were too cold to tie on a dry fly rig so I stuck with the streamer. Besides, I wanted to find some nicer fish. Fish kept coming out to swirl on the streamer but for the most part were missing the hook. Finally an aggressive brown came out, and I got a solid hook-up. I snapped a quick picture and then hurried to put the camera away. The rain was becoming steady, and I didn't want to ruin another nice camera.

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I continued downstream, catching fish here and there and even missing some big fish. I spooked one monster that looked like a torpedo as it took off. However, the big fish were eluding me, and I was getting colder. Perseverance kicked in, and I kept fishing. Finally, I tossed the streamer in the slack water of a beautiful bend pool and saw a dark shadow rocket out. The line came tight, and I had a nice fish. This was a great way to end the day. I took a picture and released the fish to catch again another time...

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flyred06 05-06-2013 09:01 PM

where david knapp goes nice trout will follow. nice looking fish and beautiful scenery. I thought when you were in the smokies it couldn't get any better for you, but I was wrong. I am very envious of you and your surroundings. Keep on fishing, good luck and thanks for posting.

Hoosier 05-07-2013 08:42 AM

Nice Post! Looks like things are waking up out there. Is that the headwater of Big Thompson Creek/Moraine Park? You certainly have a great place to play.

David Knapp 05-07-2013 09:18 AM

Thanks guys! Hoosier, you identified the place correctly. Beautiful scenery and some nice fish to boot there...

Hoosier 05-07-2013 03:43 PM

Doubt I am telling you anything you have not figured out. I don't know my way around there well, but from what I did last year this same time, another nice area is through the other side of Estes Park on past Route 36 in the park below the Alluvial Fan and then I really liked Roaring Fork above the Alluvial Fan. Nice hike back up to Roaring Fork with backcountry camping up there.

Thanks for posting. Really enjoy your pics.

David Knapp 05-08-2013 01:50 PM

Thanks for the tips! I still haven't fished Fall River or the Roaring River since I moved out here so its on my list for this summer. I'm hoping the meadow section of the Fall River holds some nice browns like the Big T in Moraine Park...

duckypaddler 05-09-2013 08:53 AM

Thanks for the report. Something for us mortal fisherman to aspire to:eek:

Hi my name is David Knapp. Since fishing reports are finally starting to appear on a regular basis by others on this fourm, I thought I'd go and show the rest of you guys that you don't have to wait for the snow to melt or temps to get above 40 to catch fish. I will also catch better fish under these conditions than anyone else can post from even the best Spring hatches. Like I said, this fishing thing is FAR TOO EASY!:biggrin:

Hope someone appreciates my sarcasm:rolleyes: I guess the grass is always greener on the other side:p And please keep them coming despite jealous fourm members harassing you;)

David Knapp 05-09-2013 09:19 AM

Hahaha, the grass is definitely always greener on the other side but I would trade fishing here for a day in the Smokies any day!!! I'm going to be pretty bored soon as well since runoff is about to start. The fishing will be tough for a few weeks now...

duckypaddler 05-09-2013 10:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by David Knapp (Post 106064)
Hahaha, the grass is definitely always greener on the other side but I would trade fishing here for a day in the Smokies any day!!! I'm going to be pretty bored soon as well since runoff is about to start. The fishing will be tough for a few weeks now...

Sounds to me like you just need a kayak:biggrin:

Always solves my "what to do" in high water conditions

I'm sure you'll still manage to scrounge up something

David Knapp 05-09-2013 12:26 PM

Well, I'm thinking the lakes are going to be looking good...not a bad alternative. I have a tiger musky lake as well as some pike waters that need investigating!!! :biggrin:


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