Post By: basspirate Posted: 6/24/2013 5:40:29 AMPoints: 127
i just got back from a trip up to the Grand Lake area. my family and some friends and their family went up for a camping trip. my buddy and i fished the colorado river. the first time either of us had ever been to the river. we hit the river between Granby and Monarch lake (first pic) on the first day. it was hard leaving that spot. just gorgeous. i managed a brook trout and a decent brown from there. the next day we went into Byers Canyon and fished just past Hot Sulpher Springs. the walk down to the river from the road, although short, was a nasty one. this area produced quite a few fish all in the 13 inch range. 3 trains came by while we were fishing, that was pretty cool. my friend is a fly fisher and was nymphing, i believe, with some sort of midge. vague, i know. i was throwing a rapala i crimped the hooks on. it was a floater and i had to work it aggresively to get it down in the deeper pools, but the trout didnt seem to mind. although the fishing was a little slow for us we did manage a few. but the scenery is what is gonna bring me back. this river is absolutely beautiful.
MAC ATTACK thanks for the clarification. coulda swore i saw a sign on the bridge that said that was the colorado (the first pic). maybe i should get a new map. i didnt mean to insinuate that the colorado came out of monarch, just using it as a reference point. thanks again for the clarification.
Reply by: not too old to fish Posted: 6/24/2013 5:50:44 PM Points: 4650
If memory serves me right the 2nd picture is at the lower end of the canyon, it's been a few years since I've been down there. I used to fish Byers canyon regularly and knew it like the back of my hand, but it became too difficult to to get up and down several years ago. There were always more browns than rainbows and some of the fish were over 18" but averaged around 14".