Post By: Infrared Posted: 7/16/2018 4:39:29 PMPoints: 8
I gave Antero a shot from a float tube yesterday. Lots of bugs, lots of bites, and lots of small fish. Among the trout I caught and released was one very nice Snake River cuttthroat. Fish mostly took a hare's ear, and I got one on a damsel dry fly. In my opinion, Antero certainly isn't the fly fishing destination that it was last Summer.
Agreed. I have shifted my efforts recently to Spinney with good success. My 2 cents: Antero has been stocked with zillions of small to medium trout. When you add in the incredible summer buffet of hatches and terrestrials---you get some tough fishing. That microwave sun which begins baking by a little after 8am doesn't help. Spinney is interesting. I typically arrive before the gate opens and run to my favorite area with my knots freshly tied. It seems like these fish are asleep until the sun hits the water for about an hour. After that the monsters cruise incredibly close to shore-feeding on miniscule flies while thumbing their noses. Very wary! It could be the ICBM silo on Antero' north side is putting off some radiation. Doncha know? Good night now!!!!
Maybe I'm wrong--Maybe big trout in Antero truly are an infinite and inexhaustible resource (much like buffalo in 1850), and I just get worse and worse at catching them with a fly rod as time goes on. I personally sure like it better, though, when they reopen it after it's been closed a few years for dam repairs.
Probably best to fish elsewhere. Seriously everyone. Fish are so much better at Spinney. Or even better at Monument. I hear they are builidna monument to the fish there. Definitely not Antero. Overrun w suckers. Everyone keeps everything they catch. Campground is a circus(lol no lie idiots rolling in at 230 am on Friday...lines of people w headlamps at 1 am all around your camp... good luck sleeping) I would suggest to every single person not to fish here. Itís not good. Weeds and hot water like a bath tub... prob best to go to terryall, or 11 Mile cause they are cold and deep.... seriously
I donít agree there are plenty of big fish. However it is tough to land them. The weeds are the problem. You need heavy tippet like 1x. The Spinney fish are bigger on average. But get the rod to bend consistently is hard. 5-7 fish are typical day at Spinney. We landed 36 between us today. Yep some were small. Still at least 5 tanks apiece were hooked. The 1x tippet does two things. First it allows you to land the big fish quickly and if they do get in the moss you still have a chance.
Reply by: i2fly Posted: Jul. 19, 11:18:49 AM Points: 1418
Hi Setz, To the point I'm missing.The original restock at Antero after refilling was 895,000 fish followed by 235,000 fish. Those fish have now grown 10-15" longer than the day they were stocked. No possible way that they are all gone. That's a whopping 1,130,000 fish. I have personally seen 30" fish this year. That must be a dink by your standards. Therefore not worth the effort. So, I respectfully disagree.... Sorry you had a bad experience at Antero. Take care I hope you get some sleep.
Actually the point, I2, was kinda like your buddy Wannabe always says about Spinney. You know, the relentless "there are no fish in Spinney they are all in Monument" post? It was kinda like that....you see? I'm sure you can see it now. The vague outlines of that special brand of discussion forum humor. I know, its only funny if certain people say it, so I was behind the 8 ball by trying to knock through that barrier of being completely literal. And I don't bother to even cast till I spot a 31" fish. Not 30", mind you, but 31" So, to clarify: The posting about there being no big fish was a non literal, facetious comment. I was being flippant. I'm good at that.
Reply by: i2fly Posted: Jul. 26, 7:55:49 AM Points: 1418
Setz, we are good. Your right I thought you were being serious. Your attempt at humors sarcasm was lost on me. Iíll give you the benefit of doubt going forward. BTW I wonít cast to anything short of 32Ē.. extra tight lines. Lol
I2, I love you! For your interest in understanding rather than anger and fighting. And because you tie killer flies. Some day when I meet you Iíll show you all mine. Every one was designed for spinney, Antero, n Delaney, and any lake that fishes like they do. Got one here for yeah though...
Setz, That fly looks great. No doubt it's a killer pattern. I'm hoping to get up again this week. Keeping an eye on the weather. Lighting is not your friend lol. The wind is a concern but lighting makes me quit.