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Field Testing new patterns at 10.2K

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 6/4/2020 4:56:04 PM     Points: 42    
Fun day up at 10.2K on Grand Mesa recently! Got to escape the heat (40 degree high the day of this episode at the lake) and had an absolutely awesome day testing new soft bait/soft plastic patterns from one of my sponsors. We go over all the patterns we test as well as some other lure ideas from one of my subscribers.

I always turn into a kid again and start getting very excited when I get new baits or lures in. Always great when they work out too haha. Trout were active for the profile it seemed, several people were in and out that day at the lake and most didn't catch anything.

We fished from about 1130-4 and caught around 20ish fish between my GF and I and 3 different species! Lake water was frigid, my hands were freezing for a while every time I released a fish. It was really sunny too and felt great with the cool temps. Got some fun drone shots and even got a few catches on the drone!! Pictures as always!! TIGHT LINES EVERYONE!
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 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jun. 4, 6:20:40 PM     Points: 37348    
Ill be watching this later...after dinner, dishes, laundry. Keep em coming!
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jun. 4, 7:17:58 PM     Points: 62    
I have always had pretty good luck up high with size 16 renegade, a wet grey hackle yellow, ant patterns and size 12-ish muddler minnow floated on top. I think the muddler simulates moths. Up there you can swear there isnt a fish in the lake and then for a short time -like a quick storm-they are all over anything you have on.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jun. 4, 10:29:56 PM     Points: 42    

Hahaha thanks Bron! We're actually in the middle of packing up for our big annual 30 hour tournament. We are practicing tomorrow then fishing all saturday and sunday, will be a blast! If I don't reply until Monday, that is why :D Tight Lines man!!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jun. 4, 10:32:47 PM     Points: 42    

After this weekend, we plan on getting into fly fishing!!!!! I got two 5/6 weight rods and we're going to learn from videos and scratch, we'll wait until next year for someone to teach us in person with everything going on. I'm writing this down for up there! I hear you when it comes to bite times up there...some of the deeper lakes with some of the big fish we have timed down to 2-hour windows, then like you said, doesn't seem like there is a fish there lol.

I'm also purchasing the Curtis Creek Fly Fishing Manifesto, if you have any other good reads for fly fishing that isn't too crazy, let me know :D
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jun. 4, 11:50:12 PM     Points: 62    
I typically use a small to med bubble filled to appx 60% using 6lb Vanish fluorocarbon. I just use the regular line for a 6-7ft leader tied to the small end of the right sized swivel. The small end of the swivel should jam up part-way into the big end of the bubble so it stays put-not allowing the line to slide thru the bubble. Sometimes that provides the hookset when visibility is a problem.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: Jun. 5, 10:22:52 AM     Points: 387    
Good luck at the tournament! When you figure out how to catch the bigger splake in that Lake on Grand Mesa, I will be really excited to see that video. About 3 years ago I was regularly catching splake in the 16-17 inch category through the ice and they were fat, but the last couple of years the average size is way down and they are a little on the skinny side. It makes me wonder if the CPW has overstocked the lake and maybe the white mountain sucker population is down, since they are the main food source for the bigger splake.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jun. 5, 6:34:55 PM     Points: 37348    
That was a great video too guys! Neat collection of lakes there. We dont get that many brookies that size on our side of the divide. Hope you do great at your tourny!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jun. 8, 2:04:36 PM     Points: 42    

Thanks, got back last night...I'll be posting my video and report on that Thursday was a rough weekend weather-wise lol. That's sort of sad to hear. Hopefully I can get a big one out of there too, I've only explored the Eastern side though. Every Splake I've gotten this year out of there has been tiny. My buddy Remy doesn't even want to fish it anymore lol.


Always glad to hear you enjoy them Bron!! It was a fun one to make...We're going to get back into some lakes that hopefully can get us some Master Angler Brookies, trying to get that plus a few others off of the species list this year. Thanks for the good luck wishes, we did well and i'll hopefully be posting that this Thursday, it was terrible weather though lol.