Back to Colorado. Visited both Boulder and Estes Park. Was able to fish the Big Thompson, which had been on my bucket list for some time. Nothing huge this time, but some pretty decent 15 inchers and such. Also drove through Rocky Mountain Natl Park, and got some great shots of mountain wildlife. Some great pics in this set.
Went down to New Orleans for a work trip and some Redfish fishing. We used live bait, so no spinners this time. Then did some shark fishing in Florida. Hope you enjoy the pics.
Last week I was back in the Denver/Boulder area of Colorado for my second visit this year. The first time around was spent exploring the many trout streams within the state. This time I knew where to go, what to use and how to target the weary trout within the great mountain state. DFTannheimer Spinners were the hot ticket on this trip. Silver seemed to produce the most amount of strikes.
I fished a number of beautiful mountain streams that held an abundance of wild trout. Each stream had a unique population that inhabited the crystal clear and cold water. The Blue River is a Colorado Gold Medal Trout stream. It holds a variety of fish that can often grow to extreme sizes due to these little shrimp that inhabit the reservoir feeding the stream. The shrimp come over the dam and fall victim to hungry trout awaiting their arrival into their waters.
The river was beautiful, and I caught a number of Rainbows and Browns. I didn't catch anything too massive, but the numbers were there. I really enjoyed this stream.
The stream that I spent the most time on was South Boulder Creek. The creek eventually meets Boulder creek, but I was fishing near a town called Pinecliff in the smaller headwaters section. South Boulder Creek was VERY good to me. I caught my first Cutthroat shortly into my first excursion.
A few holes upstream I landed this absolutely stunning 20 inch Rainbow Trout. The colors on this thing were spectacular. It was a difficult fight on my 4 weight, but I was able to land him and release him safely.
On my second trip to the stream I landed this 21 inch Cutbow! What a beast. My first Cutbow and a dandy at that. It's a poor picture, and doesn't capture the cut along the bottom of her throat, but I didn't want to keep her out of the water too long. Look at the massive head on that thing.
I also caught a number of other fish including bows, browns and cuts. The last fish I caught of my trip was this pretty decent brownie below. This thing jumped like a bow, flopped like a brookie and gave me that bulldog tug which browns are known for.
I always enjoy my visits to Colorado. The streams are so diverse in the species that you could potentially hook into, which makes fishing super fun. Below are some more pictures I took of landscapes and such.
The previous week found me traveling for work to Pennsylvania. Of course I brought along the rod and waders as PA has some fine trout waters. I really wanted to get into some of their native Brookies, and fish some of the streams that we hear rival our own Michigan waters.
The first stream I fished was the Yellow Breeches River. This is their most famous Trout stream I think due mostly to proximity of populated areas. The stream is only about 20 minutes from Harrisburg, the State Capital. The stream was what you would expect of water near an urban area. There were pretty areas, but many access points which I'm sure increases the pressure on the stream.
I caught a ton of Small Mouth Bass, but also hooked into this decent Rainbow. The weather was not favorable as I had to deal with some pretty intense rain, so I'm sure that affected things, as well.
For my second day I traveled up to northern PA. Northern PA streams are beautiful! The mountains, water temp and foliage are prime for a gorgeous and productive day on the water. I fished a few small streams, and caught a handful of 8-9 inch Brook Trout.
I then moved to Lycoming Cr, which was bigger water. I have to say that this may have been my favorite stream to fish to date. Below is a picture of the water.
Lycoming really produced for me. I caught a ton of decent Browns and two really nice Brookies. And to top the list, I think I caught a Tiger Trout. A Tiger Trout is a very rare hybrid of a Brookie and a Brown. The species is sterile, and it only happens in select environments during the perfect conditions. Tiger Trout can range in appearance from vermiculation covered, bold patterned fish to what looks like a Brown, but with vermiculations on its back and sides. This fish had only a few vermiculations on its side, but the back was covered near the head and dorsal fin. I'll let you be the judge, but I have never seen a Brown trout that looked like the one below. I apologize for the poor picture.
I really enjoyed my trip to Pennsylvania, and my two days on the water. PA is a beautiful state with much to offer the Trout fisherman. I hope to get back soon.
What a crap winter. Trout fishing has been minimal. Steelhead fishing has been meh. I did manage to land a few Steelies over the last few months, but the cold temps have been keeping me inside for the most part. I did try a few small streams for Browns only to be completely skunked. It's a very rare occasion to be skunked Trout fishing. It makes me wonder if some of the stream populations were affected by the cold temps and ice cover.
Anyway, Spring has shown signs of its reemergence. I am busy making more lures as I am starting to get orders in. Keep the orders coming, and I will get them done as quickly as possible.
You may notice that I added a "Trout Stream Map" section to the website. I didn't really intend for the general public to have access to this area as there are many maps with a lot of info. I would hate for the maps to get out, and be searchable on Google or something. If you are interested in seeing the maps let me know, and maybe we can work something out.
Good luck on the streams, and T - Minus 47 days until the season opener!
Darren C sent me some pictures of Arctic Grayling caught on DFTannheimer Yousers while on a trip to Alaska. I Love getting pictures, and the fact that these are Grayling is even better. Thanks, Darren!
It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that we were only a week away from the opening of Trout season for 2013. The last Saturday in April is a time of much anticipation even though I am typically humbled on opening day. Even though I don't typically do so well on the opener (mostly due to the amount of people out there) it is still a special day for Trout fisherman. Now it is once again on standby for another 7 months. Even though I am disappointed that it has ended I have to admit that this year was pretty legit. I had more fish over 20 inches this year than any other. I found new streams near me that really produced, and I met a lot of interesting people along the way.
I figured that I would use this opportunity to post some of my favorite pictures from the 2013 season. Enjoy!
I just wanted to let everyone know that I completely renovated my basement and work area. We are back at 100%, and there will be no more delays in getting products out. Thanks to everyone who was patient through this crappy situation.