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River: Saint Vrain - Ralph Price Reservoir to Lyons

Had an hour to fish during my work day!

Post By: Trailerman      Posted: 7/27/2020 9:00:25 PM     Points: 379    
Had a meeting in Lyons today for work. Afterward I decided I could spare an hour to throw an HD trout at the creek through town. Pretty shallow but in the middle of the riffles and in slack behind boulders there were plenty of fish. Mostly little brookies and rainbows, but I managed one photo worthy cutbow. Always amazes me how tiny fish will still hit those larger baits.
 Reply by: footmaster      Posted: 7/27/2020 9:34:21 PM     Points: 9    
It's always good to get some casting in during a work day. Catching is even better! Congrats!
 Reply by: mjo      Posted: 7/27/2020 10:02:41 PM     Points: 74    
brookies in lyons? sure not browns? that's wild brown and stocked 'bow water ime. don't really see brookies east of peak to peak much and that's 15 miles west of town.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 7/27/2020 10:14:12 PM     Points: 379    
Yeah they were brookies. Classic orange and white fins. They were itty bitty tho. Didnít snap any pics they were so small. I likely have the same schedule 2 weeks from now so I will snap one next time. Washed down during the flood a few years back maybe?
 Reply by: mjo      Posted: 7/28/2020 6:37:16 AM     Points: 74    
I'm going to say they could not possibly have been brook trout. I'd have to see a pic of some blue spots.

I lived in Lyons on the river, I've fished that area for 25 years. The nearest brook trout in that drainage are in Peaceful Valley and Wild Basin.

I mean, unless CPW has stocked brookies in there, which I have heard nothing of and which would seem to be extremely unlikely -- they are working to establish whirling resistant strains of rainbows in there, and have been for about five years now. I'm going to get in touch with Mike Clark at South Creek Ltd. If the state put brookies in there, he'll know.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: 7/28/2020 8:37:52 AM     Points: 1682    
Has anyone fished Ralph Price Reservoir lately? I hiked up there some time ago. Nice hike but no fish.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 8/28/2020 5:54:05 PM     Points: 379    
So I did get too fish again in Lyons. Hereís a pic of Brookie Iím pretty sure. I guess it could be a juvenile brown with weird colors? Pretty sure itís a brookie tho.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 8/28/2020 6:46:46 PM     Points: 2435    
Definitely a Brook Trout!
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/2/2020 7:17:31 AM     Points: 1481    
Try streamers there if you have a chance, not sure if you fly fish but they are very effective.
 Reply by: mjo      Posted: 9/2/2020 8:55:46 AM     Points: 74    
Does not look like a splake warshed down from Buttonrock. What in the world are they doing there? I wonder if there was a private stocking or if Swigle had some brookies he needed to unload somewhere they couldn't take off.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 9/2/2020 3:29:43 PM     Points: 721    
Crazy. I fish in Lyons quite a bit. The Brookies must be a recent addition. Very recent. I wonder why there?
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/4/2020 7:44:16 PM     Points: 1481    
Troutbisquit, you sure it's not splake. Doesn't seem like they'd stock Brookies there.

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