Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 8/13/2017

Fishing is good to excellent across the area. Caney Fork floats are happening either early or late, and in the Smokies we are fishing the high elevations to beat the heat.

Terrestrials are now a strong producer no matter where you fish. Beetle fishing has been good this summer. There are still fish ready to slam a beetle or hopper. In the mountains I prefer a beetle or ant while on the tailwaters I lean towards a hopper or beetle although ants work well there also. Hike in fishing on the brook trout streams is still good right now although flows are low enough that you need to focus on stealth.

On the Caney Fork, the great sight fishing opportunities of summer are in full gear. Daily midge fishing to big trout is a possibility. Night times can produce some exciting fishing on streamers or even mouse patterns. Just be careful out there when its dark. The river is unforgiving even in the daylight.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good to great. Fish are looking up as usual for this time of year. When they don't want to hit flies on top, crawdad or baitfish patterns will work.

Photo of the Month: Night Time Hog

Photo of the Month: Night Time Hog

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Passing the Peak

Fall colors have mostly passed their peak, at least in the areas I've been venturing.  However, the beginning of this month was the perfect time to catch them in the act.  Finding trees in the process of passing the peak proved to be a bit difficult as heavy late season precipitation changed the way the trees would progress through their fall best.  However, with a bit of research and a LOT of driving, more than enough amazing colors were found to satisfy the inner photographer.

My parents came out to visit me during my fall break in early October.  We ended up taking several epic drives to see not only the colors but a bit of wildlife as well.  No thanks to the government here as we originally wanted to visit Rocky Mountain National Park but had to adjust at the last minute.  The adjustments were nice however, and I got to explore some new territory as well as covering some of my old stomping grounds down towards Gunnison.

The first part of the trip featured a drive up the Poudre Canyon (what beautiful water!!!) and over Cameron Pass to North Park.  We did this as a day trip.  I would like to point out that while it is definitely a feasible day trip, it is much better as an overnighter.  We took the next day to relax and hike close to home before embarking on another long drive.

Here are a few pictures from State Forest State Park and also along highway 14 between Fort Collins and Walden. As you can see below, a storm was moving in by the end of the day and provided some dramatic skies as the clouds began to lower.  Next up, hiking the Flatirons during the first snow of the year!!!







Oh yeah, to keep the fishing theme going here, I will mention that I stopped at a small stream in the State Park and found some willing fish.  Here is the nicest fish that I caught in about 20 minutes of fishing...


14 comments:

  1. Great pics, that area is beautiful.

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  2. David
    Absolutely beautiful images and a nice trout as a bonus. thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill. I was pretty happy to land such a pretty brown trout...

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  3. When i was up the hill this morning I noticed we are just about done with fall too. Still nice to look at.

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    1. Mark, it always goes to quickly for my liking. My favorite season but it always seems the shortest...

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  4. Beautiful Fall season it has been, David, here on the Front Range. Haven't been up the Poudre in some time. Thanks for sharing the magnificent scenery with your readers.

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    1. Thanks Mel. I enjoyed exploring up that way and intend to spend a lot more time up that direction.

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  5. Beautiful photos David. Your skills are excellent.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Howard. The scenery did it all, I was just lucky to be there...

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  6. Gorgeous pics! Autumn is truly the most beautiful time of year!

    Spencer
    www.featherandfinblog.com

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    1. I agree Spencer. You can't beat the fall colors...

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  7. Beautiful pictures. I love fall fishing -- cool weather, trout packing it on for the winter.

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    1. I agree! My favorite time of year for sure. Hope to find more willing fish this weekend...

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