While I readily admit to loving soft water fishing, especially with the long rod, ice fishing is a pleasant way to spend the day, especially when that day is spent in the company of Fish Explorer members.
Yesterday, Cody and I left Denver at the wee hour of four, and in retrospect we should have left a little earlier to meet up with a group of FxR anglers at Sunset Point boat ramp, Granby Reservoir. I will readily admit, that snowy weather, a couple inches of snow on the ground, and bitter cold had me wondering about the wisdom of heading to the high county. While a slower than normal travel, all was well until we head up hill out of Denver. The cold froze up my window wash system, and the wet roads, coupled with a little traffic quickly mucked up the windshield. The wipers just smeared the mess around and we found ourselves pulling over a few times to clean the mess.
But we ultimately made it to the ramp to find others in the party just getting going. That was a relief as I didn’t have to face the prospect of locating our group on the ice (lots of others fishing), but the real reason I was happy was I didn’t have to walk. Plenty of folks, such as Bud (icefishingfool) were running back and forth from the ramp to the fishing party helping ferry gear and folks to the fishing spot. JD (navyman I believe) gave me a lift on this ATV out and ultimately back at the end of the day. Nice as I seem to have developed an allergy to exercise these days.
Turns out the first location was slow for Jeremy (shmiley1) so we (the couple dozen or more) decided or should I say someone decided, as I was clueless as to where best to fish, we ought to move further out, I’m guessing a good ½ mile or more. Thanks to everyone who made extra runs with their sleds and ATV’s to get us walkers out there.
How was the fishing? Well, let’s just say the black and white putty cat took a liking to me and I couldn’t shake her. But those around me were managing a few fish, some doing better than others at demonstrating their skills. A few others were also petting the ole pole cat. Still, fishing isn’t all about catching some days and this was one of those days. This was a day I got to share time on the water with a good number of outstanding folks I know best by their handles, Mac Attack, BITE ME, shmiley1, Good Sam, saltyfresh, Obsessed Fisherman, alanlf528m Goodfisher, culinarypunk, Jam, rockymountainoutfitters, icefishingfool, and I’m sure there were several I’m missing (please forgive me, for I too am an OG). That doesn’t even count the spouses, kids, and yes a dog.
Yep, it was a great day filled with socializing, friendly banter, a little fishing, and even catching for many. So it was a great day, and I look forward to my next time on the water with my fellow Fish Explorer members.
Ah, while Granby was a skunk, the day wasn’t. Cody and I stopped by Williams Creek to check out a rumor of fishing so hot, the ice holes were melting themselves. It wasn’t quite that good, but it was one rod fishing. Simply the action was fast enough it was difficult to keep up with two rods. Nothing big, but we smelt better on ride home.