…6 weeks+ after starting and I’m on the final leg of this journey…

~the bamboo extravaganza is wrapping up, all good things must come to an end~

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

~epilogue~

           I have spent this Autumn enjoying and fly fishing Colorado and just a very few of its incredible angling experiences…and all on public waters…camping in National Forest and some designated State Wild Life areas & a few friends driveways  too.

I have been at some of my old favorites spots, my home waters and also some places I have never been before …I’ve caught hundreds of fish, a few very memorable ones…taken over a thousand pictures and met a lot of folks that I look forward to meeting up with again…so I guess I can call this a 110% successful trip!…

 

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…I basically used two different rods and nets on the trip myself…I would switch back and forth daily…

…this crik at 10,500 feet is probably the prettiest spot I ever took a pic of them…

…this is the “Native Angler” model…this rod & net landed more than 20 fish,  20″ & over during the trip…

…not bad for  bamboo 7 &1/2 foot 4 weight’s!…

…on this rod I used a Wright & McGill reel that was a gift from a friend,

and a white Payne WFF line from another close friend at Payne Fly Rod Company in Bend , Oregon…

…its a great line plus I love white since I don’t use an indicator when I sight nymph,

the white really helps me keep track of where my line and leader meet …

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…hands down the biggest fish of the trip for me… “Mr. BlackTail”, this brute went over 22″…

…I’m not sure but probably around 6-7 pounds??

…his ” hook  jaw” was starting to get visible…he’s still got a lot of “life left”…

…our actual time together was only about 60 or so seconds!…

…a magnificent fish in every way…to say I was elated would be an understatement…

…6 weeks of hard fishing & so blessed I have only thanks in mind!!!

…I was using the “Native Angler” 4wt, a black “Kaufman” stone w/ an Rs2 dropper…the Rs2 was the take…

…I’m just glad I did not screw up the picture by clipping his nose or tail…LOL…

~I was by myself and managed to get him to be still for a millisecond here!~

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~what an experience…I was using a furled leader with 5X flouro tied on to the ring~

~it definitely added some “shock absorber” qualities that helped hold my knots!

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~Sunset in God’s Country~

…at 10,500 feet this freestone had some ice along the shoreline already…

…there were fresh Moose tracks throughout the area…

…the peaks in the background are over 13,500 feet…

 

Fishing every day for over six weeks sometimes two sessions a day, I haven’t even scratched the surface as to whats available fishing public water in Colorado…My goal initially was to fish all the way to Oregon to visit my friends there…boy was that an overreach!!…there is always next year…Wyoming and Montana next summer for sure!

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…I caught this “Brute” w/ my 4wt. 7 &1/2 ft. 3pc., what a blast!

…18″ of pure business!!!…

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…a typical 13-14″ brown from this day astream…

…what I call the “bread & butter”…

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…this alpine stream is home to cut’s and browns…

…the bogs nearby are home to Colorado’s Moose too…

…a very quiet & peaceful place indeed…

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…I just dipped the net down into the water here to release this nice 16″er…

           The only places I tell actually where they are , are the ones that everyone probably knows about, or are not actually local spots that folks fish every day(people don’t live there)…The biggest part of this,  if there is one thing I can impress on folks, is that great part of successful angling is exploring…of course you need to hit the “name brand” spots just to experience them(like on a Wednesday etc. or during some snow, but never on a weekend…LOL…)…but also trying out areas that aren’t littered with cars along the road where finding a private place to fish can be a challenge… this to me the essence of what I do…look at the “Dream Stream” now, more like a nightmare, especially on the weekends…you get the idea…what used to be an incredible experience is not the same anymore.

 

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…the “redds” are empty here , and  the fish are getting ready for winter now…

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…I called this guy a “BlackTail”…the most aggressive version of  Browns I have fished thus far…

…this guy ran the show like A 800 lb. Bull Elk during the rut!…he would run off all competitors in the feeding seam…I caught two of these critters this week. one with my “Native Angler” & one with my “RainMaker” model…

          Last week I saw a post on a national forum asking for some info on a local spot here in Colorado(where to go, what patterns etc)…do I know a lot about that spot...you bet I do… will I divulge any info...heck no…folks that have the McDonalds drive thru mentality of just going to a spot and catching a 20″er based on some “inside info” are missing the point…some are just too lazy to actually go find places themselves…the rest haven’t been shown how to go and find that “secret spot” of their own!…others just accept this as the way it is…it does not have to be!!! enjoy the process for crying out loud!

 

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…you don’t have to fight crowds for fish like this if you do your homework…

…an 18″er worth writing home about!…

      First off…I would make a lot of folks very unhappy with me spilling the beans…second, some folks need to get off their butt and go and do some exploring themselves…if it was easy everyone would be doing itand its not easy!…, there are a lot of dead ends in this(what we used to call getting “skunked”)…and some folks just cant handle not being 100% successful in things…sorry… it takes a lot of time and patience to read waters new to you and figure out how to fish them and with what..not too mention saving up gas money for the travel..and maybe even actually catch a few fish… when you do it…all the work and time…its a pleasure that’s hard to describe, and well worth the effort!

 

OK, enough of that…back to the trip…

           I have  spent a lot of time on this trip comparing and taking note on how different fish of the same name species can differ as to how the look…colors, traits etc…above all of them  is one I call a “BlackTail”…their tail’s are as black as coal…a very distinct jaw …and aggressive as all get out…they act more like a Bull Elk running a bunch of cows around than the typical male brown trout…one I caught , after watching him for well over45 minutes…first he had to run off all the other fish that wanted to feed in that seam, except for one…another male that he tolerated, but that stayed in the slip stream just behind him.

         Once he got to the point where he was by himself pretty much, I kept coming from straight upstream (maybe 20 feet above him) to allow my dropper rig to align with him perfect…the water was fairly shallow & crystal clear(about 12″ deep) with lots of larger pieces of stone in the path…I don’t use an indicator and I had a Kaufman’s Black stone at top size 14, with an Rs2 gray/white size 20 for the dropper, about 20 inches below…using some #5 flouro tippet… I had to almost “Czech” nymph the rig down to tug the #4 size of tiny split shot through the stones(exactly half way between the two flies), the rig would hang up occasionally…and also to keep the fly’s at eye level of the fish(this allows the emerger to actually do its movement of rising during the drift, especially when the little tugs keep things going…)…after about 30-40 drifts he finally took off with it…what a thrill…planning , waiting out the right time…and eventually succeeding at the task of tricking this beauty!!! he made three screaming runs…and my knots held on!…what a rush of excitement seeing him flopping around in my net!!!

        A friend was with me upstream for one and heard me talk with him about the strategy…an hour long process…then he just smiled at me when he saw me hook up…what a feeling of accomplishment…quintessential angling…and me one happy camper “ta boot”!…QED

…contrary to what some of my friends may joke with me about having a stainless steel horse shoe…it comes after a multitude of failures…and I mean a lot…the learning curve once you let it happen can be awesome…

“when your desire catches up with your patience & hard work”

      Many folks think I’m a bit eccentric on this…but I also think flowing with nature…I don’t mean worshiping it, but being a very responsible steward and respecting all that is calledNature” in a proper way is paramount…I really think its opened a lot of doors for me…the more gentle the re acclimation and release…the happier I am…and I know that  fish has an excellent chance to someone else’s “trophy” is very likely…

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…this 18″er sizing up his getaway…

…the brief encounter we have with trout is really the magic I love most about fly fishing…

…when two worlds meet…

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…I used the “RainMaker” for a day on the trip up here too…

…basically similar to my “Native Angler”, but with the darker flaming…

…call me silly…but I always use the zebra net with my darker flamed rod…

…every time I use this net in the sun I am always taken away by the colors of the wood grain…

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… reluctant freedom!…

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…at another  spot farther down stream some browns had this really  beautiful blue accent on their cheeks…

…the Rs2#18 was the take here …

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…the details the camera on my smart phone gives was a real shocker to me…

…getting to know more about the artist that made these creatures ,

becomes apparent the closer you get to look!…

…and I thought that Rs2 was tied pretty well!!!…LOL…

…I have been dragging around my SLR for decades trying to always protect it…no more…

…I got one of those “LifeProof” jackets for mine so it can even go underwater…

…I even made a few primitive videos…

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“Blue Cheek” figured it out how to let him self out all by himself!…

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…I called this fish “FireTail”…probably one of if not the prettiest browns I have ever caught…

…19″ of absolute splendor!!!…

…a size 20 gray & white Rs2 was the take here…

…literally within a stones throw of where I caught the “BlueCheek”

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…one thing I decided on this trip was that I’m going to practice with my airbrush,

and get some fiberglass forms & templates, and paint up “BlackTail”, “FireTail” & “BlueCheek” for my wall…

…and if I can do them maybe even try a Brookie like I caught last week!…

…or maybe some talented taxidermist needs a bamboo rod…hmmm???

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…the late afternoon Sun made this even more beautiful!…

…look at how you can see the outline of the nets web here…

…one of my favorite pics from the trip…

(and I’ve taken over a thousand!)

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…my “Native Angler” 3pc. 7 &1/2′ 4 wt. with one of my favorite nets( a red oak, or Quercus rubra)…

…one of the rod & nets I used on day one of this leg…

…on this trip the NA& red oak net has  landed over 200 fish,the zebra almost the same…

               As of November 3d all of the rods I made up especially for the road trip that were for sale have been sold  except for the “Native Angler”, twin of the rod I have used extensively…(#3)…like all the other rods I made for this series it comes with a special “Hex” case with a flaming pattern & finish I matched especially to this rod…click here for more info…or just contact me if this is of interest to you…

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…large and small alike…the trout loved this gray Rs2…

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…I call this “The Switch”

…it seemed when the Sun hit the Mountain the fish started to feed  more intense…

…since the mountains here are so steep, there was still two hours of daylight left…

…knots were a bit harder to tie…not only in the the light, but the cold kicked in too!…

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…I usually switch to something with a little flash as the sun goes down…

…this size 18 Rainbow Warrior was the ticket…

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…this spot had several totally different looking fish of the same species…

…the trip is almost, but not done yet…

…the epilogue is still to come…

 

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

…all fish caught in public waters…

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

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       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 or pond and creek so we can put to practice all that I can show you in real time…graphite, fiberglass or bamboo…its all good…basically very similar to what could be called a guided trip, but with an absolute  focus on personal attention to develop good skills and ability’s…the emphasis being that you can execute all skills necessary to do what I do…and be at a point to develop your own personal style of angling…

      …Every time  I have done this in the past, the level of angling prowess for those involved has increased exponentially…there is a lot of nonsense out there…and there is also a lot of solid information…I can help you learn to discern these things for yourself…

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