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  • #6568

    Scotty MacFly
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    This week is going to be something different. My father-in-law is coming to visit us from Washington. And since I have the next four days off from work I thought I’d treat him to something new to him and I. He will be here Tuesday night, and I know he wouldn’t pass up a day fishing for grayling on Joe Wright Creek.

    Grayling fishing has been on the list for a long time. And since I have the time, tomorrow morning I am going scouting for these fish. This ought to be a good time, even with the eclipse happening tomorrow it should be interesting at most.

    He is an avid fly fisher, and even though not so much only a dry fly fisherman, he respects my roots that my grandfather taught me. He’s a pretty neat guy. The day I married my wife ( his daughter ) he told me to always call him dad from that moment on. He knew about my childhood, and said he would be honored to be called dad by me. So I do; but he’s not in the same league as my grandfather, and he knows it.

    This should be fun taking him fishing, because we haven’t seen each other for a few years. What I need to do is find an area where there is some easy wading for him. But I think he’d probably do well in water that could be a little challenging because he’s a rugged outdoors guy who doesn’t let much stop him.

    I will let you know later this week how it turns out.

    #6569

    Grsdlnr
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    Very cool. Never caught a graying either, very interested in hearing about it.

    #6570

    wheezeburnt
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    I wish you well. In my limited experience, they give a pretty good account of themselves, especially in moving water. I’ve had good luck with adams. Not sure if you’re planning to keep any to eat, but I can assure you its not worth it. They taste like whatever you cook them in.
    brent

    #6571

    Scotty MacFly
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    Thanks for the positive thinking guys.

    I went scouting today for those beautiful fish, and man did I have a time. Because of their small mouths and where they are located, it was tough getting a good hook set. And they would rise and miss the fly often. But when I hook one, it was something special. And my goodness, they are like bars of soap! I have watched Jonathan Barnes on his web site and he did mention that they were slick, but I had no idea. And you can’t squeeze them because they are such a delicate fish. So all I knew what to do was do what I do anyway. I kept them in the net, and it’s one of those deep rectangle nets where it opens up so the fish don’t get wrapped up in it and they can sit there in the net, in the water while I take out the fly.

    I picked the perfect rod for the day. I took my bamboo rod and just had a time on the water. I imagined I was in Great Britain catching browns and a few grayling. Man, what a beautiful fish.

    Now I don’t know if this had anything to do with it, but during the eclipse, at the darkest time, which wasn’t all that dark, I casted a duo set of flies, Adams and an Ant, near the bank in some riffled water that had grass hanging over the edge. I casted between the bank and the riffles in some slower water and I hooked and brought in a 20 inch brown. I was ecstatic feeling the head shakes and seeing that rod bend and being totally in control of the situation. I was well pleased with the rod. And the fish was released, strong to fight another day. I noticed the jaw on the brown was already becoming caped, ( is that the right term? ) and the colors on the browns were vibrant.

    It was a good day friends, a real good day. So tomorrow I will be in the RMNP fishing for who knows what. And when my father-in-law arrives, off we go for a day of good times.

    #6572

    wheezeburnt
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    Wow That sounded like a fantastic day! Yes, I forgot about how tiny their mouths were, but clearly you’ve got that under control. And a 20″ brown as an ‘incidental’ catch? That’s fantastic.
    (Its ‘kyped’)
    I’m guessing you and your father in law are going to have a very good time.
    brent

    #6573

    Scotty MacFly
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    Kyped,….thanks Brent.

    Yes, I hope he has fun. The one thing I didn’t mention is that where the graying are at, its just under the 10,000ft in elevation. The wind up in that area of the canyon can blow at horrific speeds. Yesterday was nice, but it can change without warning.

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    #6575

    Grsdlnr
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    Eclipse day grayling!

    It doesn’t surprise me that a good brown took when it got a bit darker – they do seem to prefer feeding when the sun’s off the water. FWIW, in 7 years there will be another eclipse – the path of totality will run right through my former home – western NY state. Maybe another fishing “experiment” will be order…

    #6577

    Scotty MacFly
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    I went back to the Poudre today, but didn’t go high enough where the grayling are at because they were calling for thunderstorms and I didn’t want to fight the wind. The weatherman stinks. It was beautiful at about the mid point area.

    Fishing was opposite of yesterday. The fish seemed scattered, and the biggest fish today was maybe 12 inches. It was hard fishing today. And the area that I was in is known to have fish that are big, but nothing doing.

    Yesterday, it didn’t get as dark as I thought it would, kinda bummed about that, but I don’t think the eclipse had anything to do with it. There was overhanging grass on a deep bank. I casted an ant, and there it was. Right place, right time, right fly, that’s how I see it.

    But we will see what happens tomorrow. My dad-in-law is here and he went to bed early. Long drive from Washington State to CO.

    #6579

    swiftrunner
    Participant

    Wow! Looks like you had a blast!

    #6580

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    Well, today wasn’t easy with the wind and small thunderstorms rolling through. But we made the best of it and caught a few fish. Grayling are such a beautiful fish, and to see the colors on that big dorsal fin looks so much better in person than in pictures.

    They were taking the Adams / Para Adams size #16 to #18. We missed quite a few, or they missed the flies quite a few times, but we were raising them up, and to me that was good enough. We also caught a few wild rainbows, but no browns today. Well, that isn’t true. We had one brown, but it was so small it barely counts. We had to go smaller on the diameter on our tippets, down to 5X, and we both were using furled leaders. This is the first time Steve ever used a furled leader, and was wondering how they would work for Salmon. I told him he’d probably want a really long leader and it should do well, but that was just my speculation. If you guys would know for sure I’d like to hear it to let him know. Not much salmon and steelhead fishing around here, so your advice as always is welcomed.

    We did happen to see a big sow with two cubs on the other side of the river. She was a healthy looking mama bear, and I’m glad she was moving her cubs uphill away from us. She must have weight a good 300lbs or so. I didn’t want to get any closer especially with the cubs there. We ran into her down river after we got tired of the wind and decided to fish a few miles inside the mouth of the canyon.
    It was a great ending to a pretty good day. We both had fun, and now he wants to fish the RMNP before he goes back to Washington. That is something I think he’d enjoy better because there are many wading friendly areas on the Big T. And right now the water is at a perfect height and the flow is wonderful.

    So that’s pretty much it, nothing really to say except it was a good day all around, and we enjoyed ourselves out on the water very much.

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