Post By: i2fly Posted: 9/11/2019 10:27:27 AMPoints: 1842
After prowling around in my favorite spot to no avail. I headed over to another good area. As soon I got into position I saw what I came for. A soft surface disturbance within 20í of me. I flipped my flies in the water and quickly raked off more line and threw them within a couple feet of the rise form rings. I waited about 10 seconds and wham my hopper disappeared in a splash. I netted the fish and moved over to the next feeding fish. This one tried my patients after making 4 casts and nada. I moved over again to other feeding fish. I saw 3 more to my right. Something said throw back to the other fish instead. I did and Wham she ate the callibeatis.
At that time, here comes a guide with 2 clients walking in on restricted ground. This bothered me because if one breaks the rules more will. Guides know better. I took great delight in pulling 2 more fish out from under there noses on dries. While his clients caught nothing nymphing.... PS.... the other 2 fish were on the Callibeatis too. The wind came up and the dry bite was over for this day. A little eye candy.
Reply by: skunkmaster Posted: Sep. 11, 11:44:32 AM Points: 1017
Way to go, Don! Those are oinkers, what fun to hook 'em on top. Am just now getting to contemplate possible S Park or other angling adventures over the next several weeks, too many family and other commitments so far this summer . . .
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Sep. 12, 10:59:44 AM Points: 4159
Pretty pigs in the net nice work Don, itís been a tough week since the hailstorm flash flood went through and it definitely has affected the S.P. Lakes, big reversal from the previous three weeks or so. Spinney is now down about three to four feet, the website said 93% full Sept. 5th but itís down from that. Antero wasnít much better based on yesterdayís outing. Hopefully things will settle down and the bite will be back on? Bill
Got back today from 3 days of South Park, 1 on Antero, then 2 of the best weather days ever on Spinney. Only landed 3 fish at Antero on Friday, best of those was 19 inches, on one of i2Fly's leech patterns that he gave me.
Spent Saturday and Sunday on Spinney, looked for dry fly action. Calli's, caddis, and a smaller olive mayfly, and of course midges, were the hatches observed.
As for dry fly attempts, couldn't get any menu takers on my calli dries, although rises were very scattered and hard to get close enough to, but did get a bunch of casts close enough to make me feel ignored. Switched to a mayfly spinner below a hopper at one point and had two promising boils right at the flies, but nothing there on the hookset, so am guessing refusals. Dropped a calli nymph about 18 inches below a hopper and caught two portly specimens that took the dropper, both about 21 inches (in the measure net, so reasonably accurate). Finally had one take a hopper, just after I tossed it out and started digging for my sandwich, 22 inches.
I had more luck overall with a shallow rigged indicator set-up, with one of i2Fly's leech patterns he gave me, with calli nymph or two below. Had about half eat the leech, other half took the calli nymph. Best was a 24 incher (ok, probably more like 23 3/4 so I'm exaggerating some . . .)(see lap dance pic attached).
Over the 2 days, landed 10, and lost about 15 others that hooked up, 2 who dug down in the weeds and got unhooked that way. Overall, it was a grand ol' time. I need more schoolin' on dry fly fishing, apparently. Thanks go to i2Fly for suggestions and that leech.
I fished Antero Friday as well. I must have found a better area - 3 browns, 15-20 cutbows, and a 12" sucker. 95% on midge pupae. I just don't enjoy the 1X dry fly brown salad fishing, so stayed in the cleaner areas on 4X/5X. Nothing big, but all 16-19" and most jumped multiple times. Very few came off once stuck. First good day in a while there for me, what with all the hot weather and calm seas. Zero damsels, a handful (a small handful) of calli duns, and tons of spinners blown past me from the shallows when the wind came up. (No fish in there taking advantage for ?? reason.) But lots of midges flying and risers eating them. Suspect the hatches are done, the spinners fading fast, and time to innovate.
Reply by: skunkmaster Posted: Sep. 17, 10:56:59 AM Points: 1017
Thanks, idlerick, that's good info. I had a size 14 black snowcone on for a good bit, thinking chiros should be on the menu with all of the big and medium size midges flying around. Part of my problem on Antero, aside from not knowing much about good areas, was I got on the water just after noon on Friday, just before the whitecaps started, which ran me back to shore after about an hour, but then I did get back out later for a couple hours, and spent too much time exploring, in apparently less productive areas. Can I ask how deep you were running the midge pupae, as well as size and color?
Yeah, that wind got fierce by 1 PM. Wish I lived closer and could justify 4 hr trips, but I'm in Littleton and like to fish at least as long as I have to drive.
For some reason I've never done well in Antero on white BH midge patterns in any color. Don't know why - on Spinney they're dynamite. But on Antero I've always done better with either a black head or a gold bead. 14 & 16, dark brown, gold rib, curved hook, peacock collar. Very simple Flex Floss-type tapered body. Red midges are another mystery to me - On Spinney they're killers, but always do zip on Antero with them. Maybe the lack of bomber midge larvae there is the reason. A rust color works in some nymph patterns, but never red. I was fishing two flies at 6 & 8 feet, but most hits were on the upper fly, so I raised up a foot or two and hits were about 50/50 then. Water clarity was poor after all that rain & hail, maybe 3 feet, and the fish were apparently cruising only about 5-6 feet down. In clearer water the bright sun keeps them deeper, or in the weeds.
Thanks for the add'l details. Interesting re your luck with white bead heads (snowcones). At ice-out this year, which is the only other time I've gotten to Antero, white bead head chiro's in size 14 or so, black body with silver, gold, or red wire ribs, were the main thing bit for me and several other guys, wade fishing shallow. I only used them because the other veterans there said that's what to use, as I did not expect midge pupae to be targeted by the fish that early before any actual midge hatches were occurring. Once again, I learned something counter to my pre-conceived notion. But thanks for the extra info, I will certainly make a point to have some in your recommended colors and beads for next time. Congrats on the stellar success, by the way!
Reply by: i2fly Posted: Sep. 18, 9:04:22 AM Points: 1842
Skunk & Idle nice reports. I couldnít make it this week. However Iím certainly glad you guys found good fishing. 1x Brown salad dryfly fishing no. The water is clear... the weeds can be tough though. But even in much deeper water that can be true. Usually Iím going with 3x to the flies for both nymph and dries. I will go to 2x to the top bug if the vegetation is heavy or the fly is big. Donít be fooled you can fish big flies effectively. Iíve enjoyed great success pitching a #4 double humpy or Amyís ant. Especially when the wind picks up. Just sayin.
Reply by: 3wayfisha Posted: Sep. 18, 10:40:28 AM Points: 194
So yall are really throwing hopper/XXL dry fly patterns in the middle of these lakes and having success? Headed to Antero sunday for a little birthday fish and was just gonna rock double nymph rigs as usual but a hopper bite could be reaaal cool.
I find it hard to believe they eat such large dries in the middle of the lake? But ill take your word i2!
Reply by: i2fly Posted: Sep. 18, 11:04:40 AM Points: 1842
3way. No one said the middle of the lake. But yes if I see fish up top Iíll throw to them. The double humpy is an attractor pattern and it has worked 1/2 mile out. In 10-12í of water. One specific fish I saw while motoring to my spot. I shut down and cast to it. It didnít take so I pulled out the nymphs and caught a smaller fish. I decided to leave but grabbed the dry rod for one more shot. Yep, the humpy got slammed within 10 seconds. This is the exact fly it ate.
Reply by: VINNIE Posted: Sep. 19, 9:41:53 AM Points: 730
Fished Spin Mon/Tues this week and the only hatch besides micro midges early are goddard caddis.. Hopper/topper caddis will get there attention on top and #6 chart/white deceiver stripped under.. The double humpy is always a good attractor and proven in South Park. Even with the wind blowin 20mph like Tues. the hopper still produced in the shallows. Small caddis and callis 16-18 are good when the lake flattens out. These fish have the feed bag on and lookin for the big meal.. Cheers
Yes they eat big bugs, my largest trout of the year have almost all been on my lead fly which is usually a size four to eight double humpy or the same size in an orange body elk hair caddis. I like a size ten big white wing Roayal Coachman as my second bug, the last I usually try to match the hatch i2s damsel has been deadly for me on the tail end. Bill
Thanks, Vinnie, Bill for added details on bugs. I will definitely need to tie up some double humps, goddard caddis, and other recommendations here, before next year's dry fly attempts. Hey Bill, are you saying you have elk hair caddis up to size 4?