Flows hadn't changed much, wading was still difficult and some stretches remained too high to fish. Still, I was able to catch cutthroat trout throughout the day on this front range Colorado creek and have another great day. This time I caught all of my trout on dry flies, as I had hoped and planned, with the larger, deeper pools still fishing nicely.
The day started out on the right foot with some found money. I guess it covered a bit of the gas at least.
I headed upstream.
And started producing fish on top using the CDC and Elk flies I tied up over the last couple of weeks.
The size 16's did really well and, it turned out, were the only flies I needed.
The CDC helps this fly float very well, but does require a bit of maintenance. The fly is also not overly durable, stripping down to bare hook after a few fish. I'm glad they are easy to tie because they do seem a bit disposable. I am planning to strip the hooks and retie the chewed up ones to make up a bit for their disposability.
For a day with a questionable weather forecast, the fishing was superb with sight fishing and dry flies being very successful. So successful that I earned both a celebration stream donut and a celebration stream beer before heading back to the car.
Driving down the canyon towards home, I made a few casual stops and came up one trout short of a trout grand slam. I hadn't even thought about it, but now I'm intrigued.
Although not large, the brook trout and the brown trout made me realize how realistic a trout grand slam is for this drainage. I just need to zero in on those rainbow trout I guess.
All in all a great day and I couldn't have asked for anything else other than more time on the water, but who wouldn't. Over the next week or two, I will be focused on replacing the lost and mangled flies and planning my next adventure. I hope you have an upcoming adventure that has you excited as well.