…the Wandering Monk’s”Indian Summer” road trip…  

~first  leg below~

~ second leg~    ~ third leg ~  ~ fourth leg~   ~fifth leg~

~sixth  leg~

~epilogue~

           The road trip has begun…I started out the third week of September…so far I have been able to fish some of  my favorite spots in Colorado for browns …at the same time visiting some friends and getting a chance to do some fishing with them along the way… Nature is giving us an incredible show !

    “Indian Summer” is that time in autumn after a first frost…when the days are warm, and the nights are cool…the leaves are turning, and all the animals are preparing for winter…and yes, my favorite time of year!

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~starting point this year is at 8,500 feet near my home base, cool clear water!~

          The leaves are turning…the Elk are bugling and the Brown trout are starting their yearly spawn…

what more could anyone ask for!!

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…one of the first fish caught on the trip…w/a red barr emerger…

…the brown trout spawn has just begun…

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…The Wandering Monks mode of transportation and domicile…

…1967 3/4 ton 4wd Chevrolet…327 cubic inches of perfection…

                Fishing for brown trout has always been one of my favorites, so I began this yearly sojourn in some of my favorite spots they inhabit, and the annual spawn is just beginning …The Colorado, The Williams Fork tailwater,  Clear Creek , The Blue and a few other smaller spots…

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…this particular spot loses altitude pretty quickly…making for some fairly swift currents…

…home to lots of fish…and few anglers…

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…the browns are getting those incredible colors…and the males are getting that famous” hook jaw”…

…this 18″er went for my top fly in the dropper rig…a size 10 20″er…

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“sight nymphing” with my trusty 8 foot 2 pc. bamboo rod is something I look forward to every year…

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…a typical mountain stream fish…a nice 16″er…

…the very first fish of the trip!!!caught this fish on a “royal wulff”…an awesome take!…I had a red copper john dropper tied on…and it caught the next 3 w/ the wulff as an indicator!

~what a way to start a trip,  nailing a nice brown on the very first cast with a dry fly!!!!~

…stuff dreams are made of!…

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   …my favorite size water to fish…sight fishing with nymphs or dry’s… I watched this run for 5 minutes from above before I even decided where to enter…then I still kicked out a few resting fish in the shallows I never saw! LOL…

               …a  blue wing olive hatch started up around 3:30…but not before my wool indicator got pulled down 3 times!!!OK…time to switch over…wind picked up and made it hard…but not impossible!

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…I put an extended butt on this rod to help out with some of the bigger fish you can run into this time of year…

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…this was the best fish I caught the first week…an 18″ beauty…next year I bet he goes 22″…

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…early morning sun on this water, even though its gin clear requires some good polarized glasses to sight fish well…

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…the browns natural camo makes them difficult to spot even when they are turning orange and gold from above…

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 …a favorite spot with a really nice shelf that drops off for over 75 yards, room for  lots of fish to hide…

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…this female did not show any sign of eggs yet…maybe in a few weeks…its early yet…the males are always the first to get wound up…

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   The Colorado…the only sounds here were the water rushing by…and then once in a while a union pacific loaded down with coal coming down from Wyoming…grass shoreline on one side and rock beds on the other.

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     This pic was taken about 200 yards below where the Williams Fork tailwater feeds into “Big Red”…in times past I have caught some nice rainbows and browns here…not this day…I will be back!…Big water can be hard to read at times…and this day was one of those.

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…I made this 5 weight just for this trip…fine with dry’s…and fishes nymphs well too…

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…nicest fish of the trip so far…second week first day…my first 20″er of the season!…

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…I spent the whole day fishing one step after another…

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…jaw starting to hook up…and the colors that are hard to describe…just beautiful!…

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  …this spot on The Colorado , just below where the Williams Fork pours in is an incredible hiding place for fish under the ledges cut by the currents …these grassy banks also have super caddis hatches in the summer months…

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…this bruiser would be a  linebacker, if he played football…

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…as we started to hike down the hill to the Green Mountain  tailwater it started to pour down…we will return…

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…The Blue  river above Silverthorne …

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…the good ole standby…a red copper john was the trick here…

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…the sights and smells of Indian Summer in Colorado @ 8500 feet…

…the blue spruces can poke you with their needles, but for me the smell is worth it!…

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…yep…its that time of year…

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…its easy to get distracted sometimes when surrounded by all the beauty…

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…The Blue above Silverthorne, little rock bars and islands providing some awesome angling!…

…the campgrounds are closed now, but we still fund plenty of public spots to park…

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…the camera on my new phone is insane!!!…

                My focus on my SLR Canon broke just before I left for the trip…so we will be using the camera on my Samsung Galaxy 4 for the pictures of the trip…and its sure easier to tote along!…

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…blue, green and yellow …natures color wheel…

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…you’re never homeless when your shack is on top your wheels!

 …click here to see more about my philosophy on “Catch & Release”…

 

~all pictures on the road trip pages were taken by my Samsung Galaxy 4 phone!!!~

 

I give highly personalized fly fishing lessons , from basics to more involved tactics…I will travel to your location for you, a couple  or a very small group…you will finish up the sessions with an excellent base to pursue fly fishing in a very new and successful way.

Only requirement is an area that has some decent waters so we can put to practice all that I can show you…basically very similar to what could be called a guided trip, but with a focus on personal attention to develope good skills and abilitys…

Every time I have done this in the past, the level of angling prowess for those involved has increased expedentially…

 

 

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