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Fish: Rainbow Trout

Fly Fishin Grand Mesa, One of the Main Lakes

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 6/29/2021 2:49:37 PM     Points: 77    
Escaped the heat at lower elevations this past weekend and got up to near 10K. I went to one of the main clusters of lakes on Grand Mesa and decided to not bring the spinning rod on purpose. Last year I started fly fishing and have enjoyed it immensely, so I wanted to work on my craft this day.

I used a variety of flies, with bites coming on all of them...BUT since I am so aggressive on my hookset sometimes, I only landed fish on half of my bites. The wind was kind of annoying but it is usually pretty windy where I fish so I feel combating that is making me better, maybe.

Size 14 or 16 Parachute Adams variant
Size 20 Scud (dropper hopper rig)
Size 12 Chernobyl Ant (dropper hopper rig)
Size 18 Yellow Stone fly nymph
Size 14 Green Drake

Hope you guys enjoy the fun relaxing outing!
(I'm currently at BASKETBALL CAMP coaching and doing this upload on my laptop, I usually have pictures but didn't send them to my email to upload before I left for camp, SORRY)

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 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: Jun. 29, 7:04:42 PM     Points: 2234    
2 things...

I meant to tell you the ned rig for trout has proven to be awesome ! Great tip. I've also been using it on Walleye with success too.

Very important, are you seeing any mushrooms 🍄 at and around 10K feet elevation? Tis the season😊
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: Jul. 1, 10:58:01 AM     Points: 42    
Were all those dead fish along the shore rainbows?
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 1, 1:29:36 PM     Points: 77    
-ass bass or cash

Haha REALLY happy to hear its working for you. I was using it one day for bass in a small lake and the trout went crazy for it. Downsized and it was gold lol. It's been great for me too for walleye in my area too. I haven't looked to much, been super busy with basketball. Hope you have some luck finding some!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 1, 1:30:47 PM     Points: 77    

Suckers, brookies, and rainbows...There were A LOT in the shallows too that you couldn't see in the video due to the glare. People commented on the youtube comments about seeing more and more of that too. Sorry for the late reply, just got back from camp.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: Jul. 2, 7:17:19 AM     Points: 2069    
CO.FF, it was back in the early 80s when I laid down the spin rod. I wanted to be the best fly fisherman I could be. Itís has been a wonderful journey. Iím glad you have been working on your fly fishing skills. Spin fishing has its place and can cover huge chunks of water in comparison. However fly fishing is in my soul. It is truly a passion that both fishing and tying flies feed on. Most of my mentors have passed. I certainly wish they could see where Iíve taken fly fishing and the beautiful places itís taken meÖ thanks Al and Gary.

 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: Jul. 2, 8:40:32 AM     Points: 1106    
Caught my first trout on a flyrod in 1989. Yesterday I managed to hook myself in the medulla oblongata with a bead head nymph. I think the BB hurt worse than the hook. You're doing just fine.

I wish I had the i2fly discipline to set aside distractions and commit to the craft. I think the only thing I've mastered is eating. Great job on the video & liked the Grayling action too!

 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: Jul. 2, 8:49:26 AM     Points: 1106    
By the way, I think they dumped a bunch of hatchery fish in there right in the middle of the heat wave. I'm guessing a high percentage didn't survive the ride in the truck.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 2, 10:10:48 AM     Points: 77    

I don't know if I'll ever put the spinning gear away haha but I LOVE Fly fishing and regret waiting until last Summer to get into it. It's a lot to learn but it's a fun craft to work on. Hoping to get better at it for river fishing soon. I'm sorry to hear your mentors have passed, One of these days i'll have to get a mentor lol, because I know i'm certainly doing a lot wrong. Thanks for sharing i2fly, incredible picture as well man!!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 2, 10:13:05 AM     Points: 77    

LOL mine was in 2020😂😂 It's been a fun time learning fly fishing though and can't wait to get better. Hahaha I've been lucky enough to not hook myself YET, there is still a lot of time though haha. I'm about in the same boat as you, eating and running a long time is all i'm really good at...and the running is starting to fade😂

Good to know about the fish, must've been the case...I was sad to see that many dead fish. It was A LOT!
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: Jul. 2, 12:00:44 PM     Points: 42    
What Taylor found at this lake does not add up as a load of stockers killed by the heat. They do not stock suckers or brookies in there.

I think the fish died from a lack of oxygen in the water. CPW stuffs those lakes so full of rainbows that they stunt out and are skinny like the rainbows caught in the video. I would guess that they stuffed so many in this lake that the oxygen level went too low for many species and they died in mass.

What a waste of stockers. If they would only put some in a back country lake, then they could grow and get big. We would get a lot more bang for the buck on stocking than just cramming mega amounts into roadside lakes. The current practice just overloads those lakes and, maybe, just produces the summer version of winterkill from a lack of oxygen.

This lake that Taylor fished used to 25 years ago not be crammed with stockers like that. At that time there were substantially fewer, but larger brookies and rainbows. Lousy current fish management strikes again!
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