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Rippin_Lips
02-22-2007, 04:39 PM
As usual, I forgot my camera today.

I hit the Snake (close to Jackson), and had good success. Only fished for a hour or so around noon but it was on! After pulling in 3 Whities, dredging the usual fair, I managed two 12-14 Cutts that were very healthy!

Good fishing to you. I'll bring pics back next time!

Colorado Cajun
02-23-2007, 10:59 AM
That sounds like a good time to me!

Brad
02-28-2007, 08:49 AM
Fishing is starting to pick up down here as well. Some friends and I hit Spinney last weekend for some early spring midge fishing. It was around 20 F in the morning with a leader straightening wind. No one had much luck until the wind died and the midge hatch came off. Pretty good catching from about 10-2 and then things slowed down. Fish were starting to show some color, one older fish looked to be in full spawning color already. No pics this time around for me either.

Colorado Cajun
02-28-2007, 12:09 PM
Brad, are you talking about in the dream stream?

Brad
03-01-2007, 08:35 AM
Yep that is where we fish. Keep an eye on the flows, if they bump up you should start to see fish moving into the river from 11-mile.

Rippin_Lips
03-01-2007, 09:36 AM
How are the crowds on the DS this time of year? My only experiences have been in the heart of the spawn...not really by choice, I'm just in CO at that time of year for a week or so. The few times I have been there it has been a total junk-show! People everywhere!!! 100's of them!! Combat fishing at it's best. I'd love to hit it w/out the crowds!

Colorado Cajun
03-01-2007, 10:03 AM
How are the crowds on the DS this time of year? My only experiences have been in the heart of the spawn...not really by choice, I'm just in CO at that time of year for a week or so. The few times I have been there it has been a total junk-show! People everywhere!!! 100's of them!! Combat fishing at it's best. I'd love to hit it w/out the crowds!


Combat fishing, that is a good name to call it. I fish that strech about 2 times a year, if I can get out there on a week day. I hate fishing crowded water. There are way too many arrogant and rude people out there. I have a short temper when some jerk decides that he will jump into the hole where I'm fishing with me or walks right threw the area where I'm casting. A lot of the people out there have no respect for others.

Then you get the guides who come along with their client who think that you are in their hole and never mind that you are catching fish, you should fish it a little and move on. I have never seen a guide and their client move on when they are catching fish unless they are in a raft in a different river. Most of the time, someone else is in the next hole, where do you move too. I avoid it for the most part. The big fish aren't worth putting up with the crowd out there. Sorry, didn't mean to rant.

Brad, Do you get Bill Edrington's news letter? He had mentioned in the last one that the spawn was starting and the crowds were heavy. When I read those public post from him and see it in the newspaper I imagine that the amount of people there must double.

Rippin_Lips
03-01-2007, 11:23 AM
CC,
I fishined a section of water that flowed out(?) of 11 Mile res a couple years ago. Roughly 15 miles from the DS. We walked in across the flats for about 2 miles and fished the res and the outlet. The fishing was excellent! Not quite the size of some of the hogs in the DS but only saw 1 other person and caught plenty of Bows in the 14 - 18 range with a couple around 20".

Good diversion from the Combat fishing of the dream stream!

Colorado Cajun
03-01-2007, 03:44 PM
Sounds like you must have walked up to the res from in the canyon. I'll have to check that out. I know they don't allow anyone by the dam but I'd imagine if you can walk around it, there must be some awesome fishing in the res because coming from the lake side, you can only get there by boat and they have access blocked off a ways away from the dam. Thanks for sharing that one. I'll check that out. The canyon gets crowded too especially when you get close to the dam. The last 4 miles I believe it is, is all catch and release, flies and lures only. There are some nice fish in there too.

Brad
03-01-2007, 06:44 PM
We went on Saturday and had the place to ourselves except for 2-3 other parties. Winter is always the best time to fish to miss the crowds but you have to be ready to accept the skunk. In high season it can get crowded on weekends, during the week is much better. That river has so many fish that there really is no reason to crowd or get crowded. Move to another spot and look for risers. If the lots are crowded go try 11-mile canyon or one of the lakes. The key for me has been the flow and the wind. When the flows are up and the wind is down the fishing is good. I do not worry about seeing others when fishing to big fish that are rising, I am focused on the fishing. Unfortunately the front range is very crowded, I would love to move to WY or MT, maybe when I retire. I am in my big fish stage and realize that unless you have private access you will probably see other people when looking for good fish.

CC try this next time you get crowded by a guide. I have moved for guides several times and it has paid dividends many times over. Tell him what the fish are eating, introduce yourself, give him your card and make sure to remember his name and shop. Making friends with a guide is priceless for intel on flies, secret guide spots, fishing reports( not the crap in the general public posts or newsletters) and best of all access to trips at or near cost.

Rippin_Lips
03-02-2007, 09:36 AM
CC,
I need to correct myself....I walked into SPINNEY not 11 Mile. There are a few public access pullouts about 10-15 miles NE of the DS off of Pulver RD. The outlet is roughly 2 miles from the pullout we parked at. Flat walk. We fished a bit on the river on our way to the outlet......not worth it.
The res has great fishing but the outlet is where it was the most productive. The first 1/4 mile is the best holding water.
A local guide tipped us off to this location. It's definitely not a secret...people drive by it all the time and anyone with 2 eyes can see it on a map. It probably gets less pressure because of the walk and the fact that the "Dream Stream" is only a short drive up the road.

Colorado Cajun
03-04-2007, 10:41 PM
We went on Saturday and had the place to ourselves except for 2-3 other parties. Winter is always the best time to fish to miss the crowds but you have to be ready to accept the skunk. In high season it can get crowded on weekends, during the week is much better. That river has so many fish that there really is no reason to crowd or get crowded. Move to another spot and look for risers. If the lots are crowded go try 11-mile canyon or one of the lakes. The key for me has been the flow and the wind. When the flows are up and the wind is down the fishing is good. I do not worry about seeing others when fishing to big fish that are rising, I am focused on the fishing. Unfortunately the front range is very crowded, I would love to move to WY or MT, maybe when I retire. I am in my big fish stage and realize that unless you have private access you will probably see other people when looking for good fish.

CC try this next time you get crowded by a guide. I have moved for guides several times and it has paid dividends many times over. Tell him what the fish are eating, introduce yourself, give him your card and make sure to remember his name and shop. Making friends with a guide is priceless for intel on flies, secret guide spots, fishing reports( not the crap in the general public posts or newsletters) and best of all access to trips at or near cost.


Brad, after reading your post, my first thought was; Who does he guide for? *LOL*

I went to the dream stream today with a few friends. I was coooold this morning and had ice in the guides all day long. I caught one nice rainbow, about 17 inches and 15 - 20 rainbows and browns that ranged from 4 - 11 inches on a 24 parachute adams in the second pool below the bridge. There was a nice midge hatch that seemed to last most of the afternoon. I only saw two other groups of people catch some fish. Most of the people I talked to got skunked. It was slow in the morning with a lot of ice in the river. I'll post a picture when I get a chance to resize it on my computer at work.

Brad
03-05-2007, 08:28 AM
CC that sounds pretty much like the experience that we had. I caught all but 3 up top with griffths gnats. We walked until we found bigger fish though, ended up at the barns. With the warm weather predicted this week the fishing will great. Prrobably head out someplace this weekend.

Colorado Cajun
03-05-2007, 05:29 PM
Here is my trout from Sunday.

Rippin_Lips
03-06-2007, 12:45 PM
Good Work!

Colorado Cajun
03-07-2007, 09:46 AM
I got the Flyfisherman magazine in yesterday and there is a big artical in it that Landon Mayors wrote about the dream stream. He is a local guide here in Colorado Springs that is making a name for himself as a big fish guy.

I looked online and didn't see the artical this morning but there is an artical and pictures of John Barr's fly boxes that is worth checking out.

Mitch

Rippin_Lips
03-07-2007, 01:07 PM
Snake River WY update:

Sunny and a high of 45 today! Fishin' time!

edsly42
03-07-2007, 02:00 PM
howd it fish? bet its even warmer over on the South Fork

Rippin_Lips
03-07-2007, 05:15 PM
Got a work call I couldn't pass up on the way to the river...waders on and ready to wave the stick. So, I didn't get to wet my line. My fishin buddy did and I'm waiting for the report.
The SF above and below the canyon should have been 5-10 degrees warmer! I bet it was a solid day out there.
Snow is on the way. Looks like it's back to skiing and dreaming of fishin'.

Colorado Cajun
03-07-2007, 06:15 PM
Got a work call I couldn't pass up on the way to the river...waders on and ready to wave the stick. So, I didn't get to wet my line. My fishin buddy did and I'm waiting for the report.
The SF above and below the canyon should have been 5-10 degrees warmer! I bet it was a solid day out there.
Snow is on the way. Looks like it's back to skiing and dreaming of fishin'.


Phone: Ring! Ring!

Mitch: Hello this Mitch

Customer: We need to place a service call.

Mitch: I'm on a service call right that will probably take the rest of the day. I'll be out there tomarrow morning.


Just kidding, I'd never do that!

Rippin_Lips
03-08-2007, 09:51 AM
That's close to my normal response. This time it was worth it to deal with work!

Colorado Cajun
03-19-2007, 10:32 AM
Did anyone get out fishinging this weekend with the nice weather we had?

I didn't make it fishing but I sure enjoyed 120 miles Saturday on the motorcycle. Next Saturday is forecasted for snow and in the 40's. Sounds like just what we need to get the Blue Winged Olives started on the Arkansas.:smile:

Rippin_Lips
03-19-2007, 08:57 PM
The Snake, the JH, fished well all weekend. The Cuttys are still in their winter holes for the most part but are getting ACTIVE!
You can pretty much have a field day on the Whiteys if you dredge a Prince when the Cuttys aren't eatin much.
The fishing all over our area is excellent right now. If this weather keeps up we will be in for a tough summer!