2nd July 06:19
A Local Pond (fly shore trout)
It was a cloudy day today so I went over to my local river thinking
there might be a good BWO hatch. Instead of a hatch I found a river that
was about two feet above normal levels. I met a guy there that was
throwing a Rapala and we started talking. We bullshitted about different
places we fish and he mentioned a small local pond that held some big
Browns. He told stories of hooking Browns of 10 pounds. He was heading
home and offered to show it to me with the proviso that I release the
fish and that I don't tell anyone about it. I was more than skeptical but
what the hell. The guy was friendly and seemed like a nice guy. When we
got to the pond, he took off for home. I took a look at the pond and
thought the guy was crazy. I had driven by the pond probably over a
hundred times and never gave it a thought. All the ponds that size I had
fished in the area held only tiny, stunted Bluegills and a few Carp. The
water in such a small pond would get too warm in the Summer to hold
trout, but since I was there, I thought I'd give it a try.
A picture of the pond: http://www.crystalglen.net/Fishing/Image13.jpg
I first took a look at the outlet which is directly down the bank in the
above picture. To my surprise I saw a Brown of about 14 inches just off the
shore. I looked more closely and saw a BIG fish out about ten feet.
I tied on a damsel nymph and made a cast. As the nymph sunk, the big fish
turned and took a casual look at the nymph, but as the fly approached, it
slowly swam off, taking the smaller fish with it. The pond now had my
I started walking around the pond. The first area I came to was deep and
I was unable to see the bottom or any fish. I threw around 10 casts through
that area with no response. I moved on a bit and came to a shallower
area where I could see the tops of the extensive weedbeds. Then I
started seeing fish. There were a couple groups of fish cruising within
sight. The fish in the groups were in three pretty distinct sizes. The
small fish were about 12 to 14 inches. The next size were in the 20 inch
range and there were two VERY big fish. I cast the damsel out and as it
sank, one fish moved about ten feet to take a look as the fly sank. It
didn't like the fly and swam off. I retrieved the fly just fast enough
to keep it over the weeds but whenever it approached a fish, the fish
slowly swam off. The next few casts were the same, a fish would show
interest as the fly sank but wouldn't take and would move away as I
retrieved the fly. I started changing flies going down in size. Same
routine, interest while the fly sank but it was rejected when it sank to
the bottom and the fish continued to avoid the retrieved fly. I was down
to my last trick and it was about time for me to get back to work. I
tied on a dry and added a dropper about two feet long. The dropper
arrangement would keep the fly above the weeds. I put on a size 18 PT on
The fish had cruised some and my first cast ended behind the group of fish
and was ignored. On the next cast, one of the medium sized fish swam
over and inspected the nymph. I just let the fly lie there and the fish
continued to look. After what seemed like a couple minutes, the dry was
I hooked up and the fish fought well including a couple jumps. Luckily,
it didn't bull into the weeds and I landed it with the fly just barely
hanging on by a small tag of skin.
Nice heavy fish. Time to go home. Great find, I will be back.
2nd July 15:14
A Local Pond (fly)
I'm certain that you are a far better fisherman than myself, and the PT
I fish a couple places where it seems nearly impossible to move the
subsurface fly without putting the fish off and thus I use a similar dropper
and long wait tactic..... the tier in me always trying to reduce that wait
Some of your posts have shown that one thing you and I have in common is a
love for flies with soft materials and built in action ... I envy you
your little pond and the chance to experiment. I'd start with a
featherduster variant, or maybe something with filoplume for gills, ... oh,
oh, ... and maybe on a curved hook so it seemed to wiggle it's tails as the
hook bobbed in the slight currents .... and a very short ( real short, one
twist ) single strand of crystal flash at the thorax, such a tiny "spark"
seems to blink on on off with the slightest movement and makes the fly look
more alive, I have better luck with it than a traditional "flashback" Keep
us posted, it's an interesting situation ...
BTW, I've never fished in Colorado and am thinking of going there for a
month or so next summer ... as well as spending some time in Alberta ...
expanding my "Montanahoming" trip to include a much larger area ...... I'd
like to meet you and chat about flies tied with Golden Retriever underfur
for an hour or so <G> ...
2nd July 20:02
A Local Pond (float fly)
The only thing I noticed hatching were VERY tiny midges. Being this late
in the season, I'm guessing that's the only hatching bugs they see. I
don't fish lakes much, don't like the blind casting and I've always
taken a pretty crude approach and flung large flies like damsels,
buggers, etc. What's to cool to me about this pond is that I can sight fish
and watch the fishes reaction. I went from "crude" and kept going down
in size until I got
the fish on an 18 PT. Next time I'll probably try some San Juan
patterns. However, I have concerns about being able to control one of
the better fish on the light tippet that would be needed. I should be
able to get back by midweek.
Colorado has some excellent fishing, probably some of the best smaller
water fishing in the Country. However, virtually all our waters are
freestone streams and rivers which you're not to fond of. I'd be glad
to show you around. I know of a couple local spots I think you'd like.
Think you'll have fun in Alberta.
Speaking of next year, is there interest in an Alaskan trip? The
motor home "deal" sounds good and during the time I'd like to do a fly in
float for several days. I'm planning on doing some research but I don't
even know where to start. Alaska is a BIG place.
3rd July 00:56
A Local Pond
I've got grad school until the third week in July, but after that I'd be
very interested in heading up (along with SWMBO). We'd probably buy a camper
van in Arizona, then do a fast drive north (a week, I think), then mosey
southwards ahead of the season changes. If there's a rolling clave going on,
we'd definately hook up.
3rd July 06:01
A Local Pond (fly)
I've had luck with browns in the instance where they come over to
inspect the fly and swim away, by taking the fly away when they're
about to inspect it,.. make three or four false casts while they're
wondering about where it went, and then put it back at their nose.
Quite often they'll take it without hesitation given a second chance.