Post By: MasterFisherTom Posted: 6/25/2012 10:52:16 PM Points: 24
My father and i fished the colorado on saturday. I caught 6 browns and a sucker. The sucker and one brown i caught on my new TFO fly rod. The first time using a fly rod on a river, and only the 4 time ever using a fly rod, and i caught fish it was pretty cool. All the rest of the browns i caught on a blue and silver castmaster.
So sunday we went to williams fork and i took out the pontoon and went for a cruz. Found a slope where every cast i threw, i had a pike following the lure back to the boat. Most of them were around 20 inches or so, had a few hits but no real takes. So i went off to the flats and caught a 12 inch pike rowing, with the lure moving slow about 50 yards out. Then i went back to the spot where i had all those chasing it, and fist cast boom. Had t be a huge pike, he was taking line and running hard. Then as quick as he hit it he just dropped the hook. Pretty upsetting. It was a fun two days though.
Reply by: Speedingduc Posted: 6/28/2012 1:52:06 AM Points: 203
That awesome to hear!!! I've really put a lot of gear to the test there. Straightened more hooks than I'd care to tell. I've fished it for 15 years and it's a hard one. The fish are just flat big though. People get so frustrated becaus they think you're going to just go catch fish. I once saw a school of 5-6 pike cruising shallow that nobody would believe how big they were until I dragged my buddy down the bank 40 yards to look. We through 15 lures at them easy with no interest. BUT, the two biggest fish I've ever seen in person were "caught" there. One was a pike in my kickboat that my buddy and I were fishing and I just got smacked and 10-12 minutes of dragging me on my kick boat we got him beside when my buddy took a crappy cell phone pic but we couldn't for the lives of us get the fish on the boat to take a good pic. We measured it on the pontoon at 40-44 and were most likely an inch or two shy but it was an absolute pig. A 6" lure down it's throat like a little fly in a trouts mouth. Second fish was a laker that shook free at the hole ice fishing after we fought for 20 minutes easy. He was so tired but the hook just popped put after going for so long. We catch 35" lakers ice fishing all winter but this thing just dwarfed it. I'm sure I would have fit through an 8" hole but at the time we didn't even know what to do with it. We go every winter for lakers and all summer for pike just waiting to finally get even. The lakers are much easier in granby but way more rewarding at Williams fork. Don't get frustrated, I've been skunked there a lot and that 2.5 hour drive sucks bad then. BUT, just getting a glimpse of one of those monsters makes the whole year. It's much easier explaining the gas bill to the wife every trip.
If anyone has the opportunity this fall to be at Williams Fork to watch the dow collect the kokanee eggs it would be well worth your while. I watched them this last fall and you will not believe the size of the browns that get caught up in the process. Unharmed of course they are treated respectfully and taken to an undisclosed location and released back into the water. Their size and beauty second to none. I wish I would have had my camera at the time so I would have the pictures to back this up. You really need to see these for yourself.