Thursday, July 5, 2012

Quick trout grab

Looking for a quick trout grab I decided to sling a few casts on the creek. The fish aren’t very big but one a good day you can get a number of fin slappers to the hand. With volunteer fishing bans and low water at some of my favorite places this year, I was glad to see some sustainable depth on Bad Luck Creek.

Flows are decent on this slip of water right now but that could change quickly. Morning and evening are the most common angling shifts available due to the high volume of tubers, kayaks and folks looking to escape the summer heat. Even sections higher up have moderate to heavy rafting traffic. There is always something to contend with in regards to Colorado fishing that adds to the challenge.

Gold patterns worked for the spin situation and I was also able to get a few to hit the ant pattern on the fly gear (yes, I do fly fish sometimes). Fish on the edge of the bank were eager to hit but the larger, deeper fish barely gave me a look. Maybe I could have run a few smaller nymph presentations. Guess I was too lazy to do the switch on the setup. As long as the fish keep coming I tend to spend less time with the experimentation. This is poor mentality as when the fish are biting it is the perfect time to experiment. Frankly there is never a wrong time to try something new.

Most of the fish were very small and under eight inches. A few fish above that slot decided to grace me with their presence. Once caught the fish were almost downright cordial during the photo op, which almost never happens. I didn’t see any rainbow trout and all fish caught were brown trout. A few years back cutbows seemed to rule this stretch but now it appears the brown trout have taken over once again. Of course now that the fish are rebounding there will be some form of disaster. This disaster could be a diesel tanker spilling its load into the water or another treatment plant mishap. Hence the name “bad Luck Creek”.

Male brown trout tend to be darker in color with larger dots further spaced apart. The female brown trout is often more drab in color and I find the dots to be more of an orange tint than red. The jaw is more rounded and less prominent on the female compared to the male as well. Above is a female brown trout with a male pictured above that.

Water levels are a far cry from where they could be here for June but better than some places. Flows are decent now but dwindling fast. Hopefully water managers can regulate the CFS enough to hold through the summer and we receive some additional moisture. Without it we could obviously be in some trouble.

My name is Matt and I’m a fishaholic.


Howard Levett said...

Matt, I hope on one hand that that is the place I'm thinking it is and on the other hand hoping it isn't. I couldn't deal with a low water year there.

Dar said...

Happy Angling...looks like Bad Luck turned into Good Luck in hopes of a bigger bite...keep on fishing, no matter what.
I'm new here, and have found you fishermen to be a delight to visit. I hadn't wet a line in 16 yrs. with raising kids and GrandLoves, but now that time is on my side, I'm sliding in sideways and yellin' "What a ride." Please pop on over and read My most recent 'fish story.' Oh, have the fires affected fishing in your neck of the woods?

Bill Trussell said...

For a guy who doesn't fly fish much, I would say that is a nice trip. I can't believe the colors on those browns. I really enjoyed this post and hope you do more on trout fishing, not that I don't enjoy your bass fishing post, but you live in the trout world there. Thanks for sharing