Post By: The Matty Posted: 3/26/2014 7:01:40 PMPoints: 1205
Heading to SBC (walker ranch) tomorrow. The flows are up and its spring so smitty and I are excited. The last time I went there we were the only ones there as it was COLD!!!! It must have been more than a month ago, with a foot of snow and very spooky-only eat eggs at the bottom- trout.
If anyone has been recently please let me know how it went. I am hoping to see some BWO's Wishful thinking I know, but there HAS to be a hatch somewhere this time of year..........right?
Ill post the results ASAP. All the "local" reports don't have any info so if your nice I might just return the favor.
What's up matty, I got a fish on a dry a couple weekends ago up there. No real hatch going on, but the holdover fish from last year will remember that a hopper tastes good. I've taken a couple on stimulators on Boulder creek already this year. Smaller browns aren't too picky of it looks buggy. Nymphing usually works best up at the SBC tailwater, with dry-dropper rigs working well in the pockets. I like to use a big foam hopper or spider as an indicator, usually a few fish end up falling for it, with most of the fish eating the nymphs instead. Small dark stoneflies and stonefly nymphs should produce. Caddis later in the season. Cheers, TB
Reply by: The Matty Posted: 3/26/2014 7:44:56 PM Points: 1205
That's good to hear. Im stoked that buggy hopper flies are starting to produce..........ahhhh springtime, I was hoping that dry's were working. If they are willing to go after hoppers then spring must finally be upon us........finally!
I am stoked to hear that. I will still tie on a nymph-it would be silly not to- but I am looking forward to some top water fly fishing action.
Thanks for the info. I am even more excited now! I will be sure to let you know how it goes.
I would bring some midge dries, like #20-24 black or dark brown. Sometimes they will sip the tiny stuff up there. Lucky you get to go on a week day! It was super crowded at the kayak run parking when I went. Throwing streamers at the opposite bank can produce at times also. Black woolies, sculpzillas, etc. If I don't get called in to work tomorrow you might just see me and my dog up there...
Reply by: troutfinder Posted: 3/27/2014 8:12:06 AM Points: 51
Hi guys, wondering if someone might be able to help with directions, as I think this stretch of creek is no secret. I have always read that the only access is to hike about a mile downhill from walker ranch but when I look at google maps, Gross Dam road seems to go right down to the river and alongside it??? is this a private area? no parking for fisherman? I'm confused. thanks for any help
Reply by: The Matty Posted: 3/28/2014 11:42:15 PM Points: 1205
if you come from Denver (and I assume you can find the dam) you take a right when you get to the turn at the reservoir/dam (go left and you end up at the dam). There is a parking area on the top of the hill (1/8 mile at most), there is a picnic table there. There is a marked trailhead a short hike down to the creek and everything down stream is public. Eventually you get to Walker Ranch. There are two more ways in but this is the easiest.
Its great water but I would advise always checking the water flow before you go. The city of Denver changes it up fairly often. It can get pretty busy but its a tailwater so you can fish it all year.
Reply by: The Matty Posted: 3/29/2014 12:07:07 AM Points: 1205
@tt I had a size 16 BWO with a pink post on all day as an indicator, I caught about 3 fish on it but it was below the surface. Lots of midge/nymph action (see report) and the sun was out ALL day, lotsa bugs too!
We hiked well past the picnic tables to try to avoid any crowds and the strange thing is we only saw 2 other fisherman all day. It was such a nice day I expected more out for sure. Chartreuse tungsten zebra midge kinda thing worked until I ran out, then a blue/silver tung on a 20 did just fine.
I finally saw some BWO's flying around, I cant wait until they are in force and the trout start jumping out of the water at em!
Reply by: The Matty Posted: 4/1/2014 9:19:36 PM Points: 1205
I see people fishing in town all the time. I am sure that with the warmer water there will be significantly more bug life but at the same time you are fishing to very pressured fish. Really though, that entire creek is pressured.
I read somewhere on FXplorer that the trout were going after dry flies. This time of year the bugs hatch later in the day, once the air temp goes up, first thing in the AM will be the way to go.