May 31, 2015 at 10:13 pm #4537
It never stops to amaze me how this country holds such a diverse scenery change from one area to another.
DW, I love the greenery where you’re at, and that is a beautiful small piece of water. Brookie heaven I’m sure. I would love to spend a week in your area. It seems to have that old world fantasy look with all the mist and moss.
Creek, there’s nothing like home waters. I like the second photo on the public land you fish the best because I like fishing water with big rocks. The private land looks quite appetizing.
You both are spoiled. LOL.
Great photos from both of you. I enjoyed looking at them very much.June 1, 2015 at 10:27 am #4538June 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm #4539
Fished Spring Creek in Bellefonte many times and (thankfully) never saw anything like that.
My fishing year has been non-existent so far. Bad enough living in a virtually fish-free area (stocked trout or stunted bluegill in CCC-era impoundments, meh) but a recent knee injury has put any trips on hold. If it wasn’t for bad luck…June 1, 2015 at 9:30 pm #4540
I know what you mean. I broke my knee at work two years ago in January right before I was to be in an ice fishing tournament. The Doc said to keep ice on it. I said, “how bout if I drill a hole in the ice and stick my leg in it?” He looked at me sternly and said,” ice ON the knee. NOT knee ON the ice>”
I hope you heal up soon and are able to get back out and fish.
As for the picture of Spring Creek, I’d just keep driving. There is no way I could fish like that. That is insane.June 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm #4541
Those guys must have really wanted to go fishing. I love the guy behind the tree.
You’d have to give me a ton of money to do that. I don’t like seeing even one other fisherman.
June 1, 2015 at 11:02 pm #4543
- This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by Creek.
The only time I feel good seeing another fly fisher is when he is leaving. LOL.
I was on the White River this past weekend in Meeker. I was fishing the stretch below Lake Avery, ( also known as Big Beaver Lake I believe ) and I had the whole river to myself. I got a personal best. I caught a 20 inch white fish. Got pictures on my phone, and if I knew how to post them I would. Doesn’t matter, I’m not good at holding a fish and taking a photo of it. Brought in four whites, and a small rainbow, and lost three or four others. It was a good day. A real good day. The only thing I regret is nothing was rising, so I had to fish with nymphs. But they were nymphs I tied, so I guess it’s not too bad.June 2, 2015 at 7:11 am #4544
Dry Fly GuyKeymaster
nothing was rising, so I had to fish with nymphs
But a truly good Dry Fly Fisherman would have fooled all those fish into rising for a #28 Humpy they tied themselves. 😀
(And if you believe that… I have some beach front property in Kansas, you can buy for real cheap.)
~ DFGJune 2, 2015 at 9:01 am #4545
How much for the property?June 2, 2015 at 11:32 am #4546
Haha, #28 humpy..
I don’t think I’m spoiled, I have to drive 3 hours just to get to that spot, and sometimes (last summer and fall) it’s too low to fish. I need more spots, they are around I just need to put in the footwork. But it’s hard because I don’t get to fish that often and tend to go to places I know that I have a decent chance at catching. The rivers are up and cooled off thanks to yesterdays rain so it looks like some trout fishing this weekend.
1500 anglers in one mile is crazy!
Certain places I don’t want to see other anglers (tiny wild trout streams) because it means they spooked all the fish, but on the bigger waters, it’s just a fact of life around here. I deal with it best I can and avoid the “better” places because there are more people there.June 2, 2015 at 11:55 am #4547
Runoff has started here. I’m down to tailwaters, and a few other odd places i’ve found that aren’t affected by runoff. I’ll even go to a small pond if i have to.
I really hate this time of year. Options are very limited. We got a ton of snow this year. Runoff might be a long one going deep into July. Hope not, but no sense getting mad at mother nature.June 2, 2015 at 4:29 pm #4548
I fished some beaver ponds today. Lots of fun trying to fool those spooky brookies.
Yes, I used an Adams. 😀June 2, 2015 at 9:23 pm #4549
Yes, I used an Adams. 😀
Now a real fisherman would have used nymphs. And if you believe that I know of some beach front property in Kansas that DFG is trying to sell. LOLJune 2, 2015 at 9:30 pm #4550
Seriously though Creek, the places in the photo’s you posted like the private water, being it’s size, does the run off effect that area much? And if I remember correctly, don’t you live up near Leadville? If I am correct, isn’t that high enough that run off doesn’t build to much?
Go ahead and chew me out if I’m wrong, cause I probably am.June 3, 2015 at 9:09 am #4551
I’m 30 miles south of Leadville. Rivers and creeks are running fast now with very stained water.That private land creek is Cottonwood Creek, and it’s high and dirty right now. The Arkansas River is only good for rafting right now.
I can drive over to the Taylor River tailwater below the dam, but it will be very crowded now, because of runoff. Everybody has the same thought during runoff. Lets go fish the tailwaters. Plus, the Taylor is pretty much nymphing water. It’s also 80 miles round trip for me. Not something I want to do everyday on a dirt washboard road going over the pass. The Frying Pan is a 200 mile round trip. So Platte, 11 Mile Canyon, Deckers etc is another long trip, and once again will be crowded, because of runoff.
So, I might go hit those places 1-2 times during runoff, but I fish everyday. Those drives are more than I want to do all the time. So, I just fish ponds, and beaver ponds for now.
There’s also a couple of more spots I can find clear water, but I don’t talk about them online.June 3, 2015 at 7:29 pm #4552
I stay away from tailwaters because of the crowds. Fishing the faster muddy rivers right now pretty much gives me plenty of room and room for others who challenge it. I figure the more I fish the muddy rivers, the more I learn and hone in on how to find the fish and catch them. And some days are better than others.
I know down in Canon City the Ark. will be very fast and down right dangerous to fish till about mid July. And that’s a 300 mile round trip for me. I’ll wait till my vacation in Aug. to go there or higher up on the Ark. when it’s alot more friendly.
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