I really did not fish the early part of the year enough. I was in the middle of a relocation to none other than Woodland Park, Colorado! Is it possible to hotspot a town? I am just around the corner from stretches of river and reservoirs that people fly in from other parts of the country and even world to fish. It is my front door. But, at the same time I know that I cannot take it for granted.
Last year I was able to fish with Tiny Stevens. It was a blast. I am ready to do it again! Just last week I was able to take out friend and yes, kinda a fly fisherman stuck in a spin fishing body. His name is also Alan, and he spells it right. Alan drew my name in the giveaway this year too.. Cool! I was also really fortunate to be able to fish with Chad LaChance again as we nymphed for trout in the middle of winter! That makes three spinning guys who have fished with me, I think it is time that I go out and spin fish with a spin fisherman! I know a few guys that I hope to get out with this year! Actually, I got to fish with Tom Torres of Forward Operating Base Colorado
. I fly fish, he spin fishes, we poke fun at one another and have a wonderful time together. I really hope that I see more of that. If you are a spin fisherman wondering about the fly rod, and have no idea what the flies are on the river.. And you see me, tap me on the shoulder and I will make sure to have a few extra for you. Seriously.
But most of all, in my travels around Colorado in the last few months I have met a few members and they are always awesome. They are courteous, approachable and gracious. It is pretty neat when people can get along on the water and learn from one another. I have gotten a few dirty emails and the other day I got one from "Anglerwannabe" and because it was in the subject line I thought, "here we go again." But it was a FishExplorer member that I had met earlier. Very neat indeed!!
Now, strangely enough, as a guide I always am looking around, thinking maybe I can gather enough data, find changes, trends, etc etc etc to make fishing better. On the particular body of water I was fishing near Anglerwannabe,
I talk to a lot of people. I get a lot of people sending me photos. A lot of people know about it. But over the course of my travels, people have been respecting the resource and strangely, a smaller reservoir is neither being over fished or disrespected. I picked up more trash in a back country meadow than I did on this small popular reservoir. And a smile came over my face when someone, not a member, had been told by a FishExplorer member which fish should be released. That is very cool.
Been doing some really neat things on the river lately. I have been tying nearly all of my own flies including those for my guided trip. Fly tying can be very relaxing. I love to do it at night or with friends.
I have also been fishing some really small waters near home. The ones you really do not see people on. Those are the trips that get interesting. You aren't quite sure if there are fish there, but you have a really strong suspicion you can find some. It is a great challenge if you are getting into fly fishing. Hitting smaller stretches of water for a bit more flighty fish. I get a kick out of it. If you look hard enough, you can find water that is free of people even on July 4th of this year. I promise!If you want to see a little bit more, you can see what I am doing on (719)Fly.com.
I just posted a new thing I am doing with my fly tying gear. Days like today were meant for biscuits and gravy in the morning and then a day filled with tying. I have the sweetest storage system. I love it. If you have any specific questions you can email me there too.
I have been doing my fair share of fishing now in these last few weeks. Here are a few pictures from what I have been doing.
It is going to be a great year! Get out and teach and learn. Try something new and explore. I have found great happiness in doing just that..
Alan Peak is addicted to fishing. By day he is a fly fishing guide and by night he dreams of his next day on the water. You can find him guiding and fishing primarily on the South Platte nearly every day of the week. If Alan is not with his family he is guiding, fishing or tying flies. If you see Alan on the water, say hello! Normally, he ties a half dozen flies of the day for each day for people he meets on the river.
Tiny Stevens, CO 4/14/2014 4:02:57 AM
Great blog Alan! Very motivational and inspiring! Alan, and Chad are both awesome guys and it has been my pleasure to fish with them as well as it has been with you too!
You are more than welcome to join me on my boat anytime, maybe expected would be a better word my friend!
Take care and keep up the great work!
anglerwannabe, CO 4/14/2014 7:19:47 AM
Alan it was great to meet you. Was really cool to watch you interact with other anglers that showed up and give them tips and advice. Had to send you an email since you were in the picture I took. Not to mention all the knowledge you imparted with that day. Going to try to get in good enough shape to carry my tube up there, it should be killer. I tube Spinney and 11 Mile quite frequently, you are more than welcome to join anytime. Even have an extra tube and spinning rod for you to use.
KingFisher13, CO 4/14/2014 9:13:00 AM
Nice blog Alan!
alanlf5280, CO 4/14/2014 10:10:01 AM
Great blog Alan. After spending a day on the water with Alan, my fly fishing confidence has gone up significantly. Alan is a phenomenal teacher and had more confidence in my abilities than I did. If anyone is wanting to learn to fly fish, or wants to learn how to "sexy nymph" as Alan put it, book a trip with him and you will not be sorry. I am already working on trying to get some first timers together for a trip with Alan later this year.
opencage, CO 4/15/2014 9:25:14 PM
Amen. We have a lot of great members and anglers here, tying flies can just settle ya sometimes, and trying some new ways of fishing is fun and challenging. It is gonna be a great year, those are some amazing photos. Thanks Alan.