Post By: aerofanbig Posted: 5/27/2012 9:21:01 PM Points: 1841
Heck of a fight too, let me tell ya!
Fished the Blue with Panchaser today from just above the bridge by Green Mountain down to Silverthorne. It was getting cold (snowed for a few minutes) so we decided to head back but figure why not give the tailwater a shot? I mean, one of the best places in the state to catch some serious fish. Water was a bit low and slow, and clear as crystal. Really beautiful in the evening, and hardly anyone else on the water! We worked from the no cut off down, had a few follow ups from extremely nice fish, and saw several monsters. I missed a really nice one before I could set the hook. But I said I HAVE to catch something, so give me just a few more minutes. I drifted a trout magnet through a hole and watched it sit in the slack pool on the indicator and then saw the bright green foam vanish, so I set the hook....and then laughed hysterically lol. Little guy was a bit of pain to get a pic of, and yes, I'll be honest, I DID stiff arm the pic to make it look bigger....and for some comic relief.
I should also mention, this has happened to me on the Dream Stream and the Hog Trough as well...fish that are smaller then a swimbait lol
Forgot to add we did get into several browns each throughout the day up and down the river. Biggest was about 14". I lost several, and missed a strike on a HUGE brown under the bride. Got to find a better way to rig my tube jigs, that is 2 weeks in a row now I've had dozens and dozens of strikes, only to have the fish spit the bait, think they're short striking.
Pan actually caught a pretty nice koke too!! And it was like halfway between Dillon and Green Mountain! Really nice surprise, unfortunately, no pics of the other fish.
Dang you posted fast. I just choked down my burger and chili fries. That was a fun trip, need to do it again when it warms up more. That wind was really cold. That fish was really camera shy, but you did get the stiff arm!!!
I was there on friday, did well by the overpass, but only found 1 good fish toward the dam. Ended up with a bakers dozen, 4 were small, the rest were 14-19". I'm convinced that the better fish recognize an indicator, especially in the low crystal clear flows. I used a big dry fly or no indicator, and did much better than I had before. Not any one fly in particular, just a variety of #18-22 midges and larvae patterns. Do you use split shot? Almost gotta hit them on the nose to get them to eat. Stick with it! It was my third or fourth trip to the blue, and definitely the best so far. TB