|One of the areas 1/2 mile upstream of elephant buttress that had to be filled in to rebuild the road|
On my way back up the canyon yesterday afternoon I took the opportunity to pull over and check out some of the areas at the mouth of the canyon that had been restored post-flood. My first stop was the library, and standing on the walking bridge I was immediately surprised at how clear the water has gotten over the last week. With only a slight stain, I was able to pick out numerous fish moving back and forth in the current.
I jumped back in the truck and made my next stop about a half-mile upstream from Elephant Buttress. With most of this section being completely overhauled over the last month I wasn’t expecting much, but was happily surprised when I saw numerous fish taking residence behind new boulders along the banks and feeding in seams created by recently placed boulders in the current.
|Lots of hits on the PMX|
After just watching fish for a while I was getting the itch, so I headed up to the BFC memorial park area and broke out the rod just to “test the water.” As expected, it is still fishing GREAT! I was using a shallow dry dropper rig and was picking up fish both on top and on the dropper. The fish had no problem fully committing to my size 16 PMX, which was a nice bonus!
Subsurface, I was using a fairly large (size 14) mayfly nymph pattern, and a lot of times it was getting hit immediately as it hit the water. Every likely looking pocket and seam seemed to be holding a fish. As for bugs, the air was actually pretty thick with some minute midges; good to see things are recovering and even thriving.
|Another colorful little Brown!|
Today and the rest of the week look to promise to be great examples of a Colorado indian summer, so get out while the gettin’ is good!