Sunday, August 7, 2011
My son came out to Colorado to visit me before he heads back to college is a couple of weeks. Some of the neighbors stopped by to pay him a visit. Photo credits go to my son Derek.
What do you think the over under is on drawing a tag for Highlands Ranch, CO from my HOA?
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Creede, Colorado is a special place. A small historic mining town at the end of the line, it offers little fanfare. What it does offer is a collection of fascinating local characters, excellent food, great entertainment, and a slow pace of life I long for each and every year I visit. And for four or five weeks a year, it's the top of the food chain for dry fly fishing. "Casting airplanes," I call it. Green Drakes, Stone Flies, Caddis of many different varieties, PMD's, it has virtually every Mayfly Colorado has to offer. It's a bug smorgasbord for hungry trout tuned to the annual event, wanting to rise to a fly.
As I make my way into town, I exhale in deep admiration of simple things, a chat with friends I see only once a year, a stroll around town to see what's new and what hasn't moved, and the anticipation of the beauty of moving through Wagon Wheel Gap, the light bouncing off the canyon walls capturing the silhouette of thousands of Stone Flies returning to the water to drink from the pine forest above.
If you go there, book the guides from Duranglers. They know more about fishing the river this time of year than any other outfit and are sure to put you on fish and show you a great time. I want to give a special shout out to my friends John Flick, Mark Engler, and Josh Grounds for making my trip with my posse a terrific experience. I can't wait to return next year!
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Posted by Gary Thompson at 10:15 PM
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Loops were invented for shop rats and big box idiots that lack the aptitude to tie knots - period. While they serve their purpose for systems where you need to adjust depth at will, swimming flies for Steelhead for example, as a dry fly rig, they suck. Spend some time learning how to tie a needle nail knot. You won't be disappointed. If you fish a short rod, where your leader will always find it's way into your guides, you simply can't live without a smooth transition between leader and fly line. If you fish short bamboo, you're nuts not to use one. Here are the steps:
|Gather tools, deep breath, clip loop|
|feed small diameter needle through fly line (2")|
|Taper your leader to feed into fly line|
|Tapered leader ready to be pulled through fly line|
|Needle nail tied back over needle exit hole|
|Ready for Creede, CO|
|The drakes are on|