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Lake: Harper Lake

Heading Out for Some Fishing

Post By: Ziriux      Posted: 4/17/2016 1:17:07 PM     Points: 0    
I can't take it anymore, I've been shopping for fishing gear, been watching YouTube videos on fishing and I've just decided to tough it up and go for some fishing. Going to hit up Harper shouldn't see anyone out there so I'm going to have a field day to my self.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 4/17/2016 1:36:47 PM     Points: 11263
Dad used to say "it takes all kinds of horses to make a horse race" sun is busting through here in Arvada . . .you go!
Cabin fever is not a pretty sight!
 Reply by: sportfisher      Posted: 4/17/2016 2:07:54 PM     Points: 4912
I may end up going there in a few. Going to do some lunch then off to wet a line.
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 4/17/2016 6:58:48 PM     Points: 0
Nice day our fishing between me and Toadfish we brought out 20 plus.
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/17/2016 6:59:34 PM     Points: 3831
Thanks Z!!! My son and I had a great time and it was good to meet you in person! I think I counted 36 fish landed between the 3 of us in 3 hours, that's not a bad day fishing anywhere!
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/17/2016 7:09:59 PM     Points: 71621
You guys know the minnows you bought at the store don't count as caught fish right? Lol glad u guys managed to get out
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/17/2016 7:11:30 PM     Points: 3831
Why not?? They were on the hook and I reeled them in. What does it matter if I put them there or they bit the hook?!
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/17/2016 7:27:33 PM     Points: 71621
Lol I'm going to start buying me some big minnows
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 4/17/2016 9:24:36 PM     Points: 46523
Hope you were rewarded for your effort Z. Really wasnt that nasty outside.
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 4/18/2016 12:31:31 AM     Points: 0
I was indeed. They were hitting flies like crazy, it was too easy but fun to fish with another fellow fisherman.
 Reply by: Ch00Chee      Posted: 4/18/2016 12:41:40 AM     Points: 62
How's the action?
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/18/2016 1:07:27 AM     Points: 3831
It was definitely worth it. Got to watch Z land easily 12+ fish on a fly & bubble and my son caught several do it was a good day
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 4/18/2016 3:07:13 PM     Points: 0
@ Choo,

It was good man, especially on flies, it took only 5 seconds for the fly to get attacked.

@ Toad,

Can't wait to go try out South Platte at Deckers with this new selection.
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/18/2016 3:09:17 PM     Points: 3831
I will be there this weekend my friend, just let me know if you want to meet up down there or carpool or whatever.
 Reply by: sportfisher      Posted: 4/18/2016 5:44:23 PM     Points: 4912
Went out for a bit today and caught a few trout. They were rising in areas and seems to follow your lures quite a bit. Caught them on a HD Trout with several different retrieves. Cant wait for May 1st to get the Kayak out on the water there.
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 4/18/2016 8:16:53 PM     Points: 0
Nice sport fisher. I used a dynamic lure size 3 didn't catch squat so I went to the fly and caught about 15 plus.

Do you there are bigger ones out in the middle using jigging maybe?
 Reply by: telluride36      Posted: 4/18/2016 9:35:06 PM     Points: 8
What kind of flies are you guys using?
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/18/2016 9:58:54 PM     Points: 3831
Most of the action was actually on a pheasant tail size 14. Also had some action on a few dries. Fly was about 2- 21/2 feet behind bubble fished with a steady retrieve. I was catching on a 1/16 rooster tail brown/brown with a gold blade and single hook.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/19/2016 7:47:40 AM     Points: 386
Do you guys do 2 flies with a fly bubble? Perhaps a dry followed by a nymph? I've never done the fly and bubble concept but am going to try this weekend so maybe I'll see you guys there. If you're just using a nymph do you just look for a twitch in the bobber and set the hook or what? I'm assuming if just the dry you will see them hit top water and then set the hook.
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/19/2016 8:42:20 AM     Points: 3831
The dry dropper setup will work on a fly & bubble. When you're fishing fly & bubble you are retrieving slowly but constantly, so when you've got a nymph on you will feel the tug (in a lake) the dry you are correct you just watch for surface action. On a river it's a little bit different. But again you are correct. You look for the bubble to behave "differently" either a pause or a spin or to start moving against the current, that sort of thing. If you go out this weekend good luck! Let us know how you do!
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/19/2016 9:32:05 AM     Points: 386
I live down the road from there so will be there on Saturday. I invited my family and younger ones down to get them into the action. Thanks for the tips I'll give it a shot next time I'm out. Lots of grasshoppers there in the summer would like to give a hopper a try later on.
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 4/19/2016 12:00:15 PM     Points: 0
Yea Native, fly and bubble is the easiest fishing you could do easier than power bait and worm, or spinner/lure fishing and it's a lot more effective than even using a fly rod or jigging in the middle of the lake. Of course this mostly applies certain months of the year at lakes, in rivers however anytime of the year works well as long as you get the right fly on.

The funny thing about fishing with a bubble as Toad will tell you, I was getting hits on my bubble and my fly, the fish see a see through objects skipping across the water and will hit it.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/19/2016 1:12:23 PM     Points: 386
Interesting..were they hitting out further sometimes or mostly closer in the shallows? Do you use any weight to get the nymph down? Hook into anything else besides the bows? I see the small perch all over but have only hooked into them using worms on the bottom (last year).
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 4/19/2016 1:19:26 PM     Points: 3900
I've tried fishing flies on bobbers, with limited success. The biggest issue I have is after I have caught a fish, the dry fly is no longer dry and sinks. I use Gink (or something similar) and it floats fine until a fish takes it, and then it will no longer float. How do you keep a dry fly dry?
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/19/2016 1:41:01 PM     Points: 3831
Keeping dry flies dry is always tough. As soon as a fish eats it, whether you're fly fishing or using a bubble/bobber it gets water logged. The easiest way to dry it out is to simply blow on the fly for 15-30 sec especially if you used gink or some other water proofing. When you see fly fishermen doing the whole lasso thing and spinning their flies madly it's usually for 1 of 3 reasons. 1) they're drying their dry fly 2) they're hitting the flies on the surface to get gunk off the flies 3) they are using a soft indicator and drying it out lol

And yes I was laughing because the fish we're hiring the bubble as often as they were the fly when we went out.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/19/2016 1:59:54 PM     Points: 386
Should just glue a hook to the bottom of the bubble.
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 4/19/2016 2:03:08 PM     Points: 0
@ Native,

I caught large mouth bass, bluegill and bows last thursday non stop. I was catching them 35-40feet out, 20-30feet out, and 5-15feet out. Right now it's feeding season for them it's not difficult catching them on any fly, bait or lure really.

@ Shiverfix,

I have been using a dry fly quite often over the last month, yes it goes underwater a few times, but my slow to jerk retrieve has done well skipping across the top. Last week or so I've been using other non-dry flies to fish and it's worked just as well.

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