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River: Colorado River Byers Canyon to Kremmling

hard to come back home after this

Post By: basspirate      Posted: 6/24/2013 5:40:29 AM     Points: 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.
 Reply by: nightangler      Posted: 6/24/2013 8:38:26 AM     Points: 1656    
Looks like an amazing trip!!! I almost prefer catching awesome mental pictures of scenery than I do fish.... almost hahahahaha!!!
 Reply by: pikeNcolorado      Posted: 6/24/2013 9:33:16 AM     Points: 17676    
Nice. I'va always seen crazy guys walking down in Byers Canyon. Always wanted to fish it. But we are always heading to Williams Fork for pike. So we don't. Looks like you had a great trip. Well done.
 Reply by: MAC ATTACK      Posted: 6/24/2013 1:03:08 PM     Points: 32293    
Great report, Thanks.

FYI, Arapaho Creek come out of Monarch Lake. The Colorado river comes out of Rocky Mountain National Park, into Shadow Mountain and then into Columbine Bay at Lake Granby.
 Reply by: HeavyC      Posted: 6/24/2013 1:23:41 PM     Points: 5572    
Oh heck yeah!!! Love it!!

HC Out!
 Reply by: basspirate      Posted: 6/24/2013 2:04:08 PM     Points: 127    
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: 5235    
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".
 Reply by: redtail      Posted: 6/26/2013 9:53:19 PM     Points: 25    
there is some good fishing right in hhs, also. try the brown three inch floating rapala and.....thanks for crimping the barbs. mac, any mac reports for us. i'm new to this. thanks.
 Reply by: bluespidey81      Posted: 6/28/2013 12:09:27 AM     Points: 28    
Thats my family camping grounds, I usually hit them in late july early august gorgeous scenery and awsome fishing!
 Reply by: basspirate      Posted: 6/28/2013 4:36:57 AM     Points: 127    
definitely looking forward to the return trip.