Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Late evening dash on the St. Vrain
The morning chores seemed to take on lives of their own this Saturday. Getting out of the house and up into the hills was looking more and more like a “no-go” as precious time ticked away. With each red light and endless long line my travel time and daylight slipped through my grasp like too much sand held in my fingers.
“I better start re-thinking plans right now.” the words of realization started sinking in. “Maybe a quick trip over to St. Vrain before dark?”
St. Vrain is a very small slip of water that runs from the Rocky Mountains through Longmont and into the Platte. Called the St. Vrain River, this really looks and fishes more like a creek or small stream. In water strained years the St. Vrain has boiled down to a mere trickle. His has caused a few anglers to mark it off their list entirely. This year the water volume is on the high side and flows are great for the river’s usual size. There are a handful of pullouts on public accessible sections along Hwy 36. With gear in tow, I tried to make a few casts pay off with only an or hour of daylight to fish.
At first bites were tough to come by. Flashes and follows were nil as well. With so much water I expected the fish to be far more active and well…at least there. Off to another pull out and bushwack my way in, sunlight was vanishing quickly. Casting into a small but deep pool I see the line streak upstream. Battle the fish through a few small riffles and then land. Quality small water brown trout in the 12’er size range.
The minnow pattern in the final gasps of dusk produced the fish above and got a few more swipes in the small pool just below this small flat section. Not the easiest water to fish and covered with heavy brush and rocks. Challenging is not the word. Some people refer to this section as “Lost Wallet Bend” or Sprained Ankle Gulch”. After three trips over the last few years I have decided to go with “something just bit me”.
St. Vrain is not a prime fishing destination by any means. If you fish this water please make sure you do so in the public access sections and be aware of fences and posted signs. I fish here more or less to soak up some of the mountain scenery between above Lyons Colorado.
My name is Matt and I’m a fishaholic.
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