10-05-2021Report by: Madalaine McLaughlin
Location: Starting at the Roaring River, moving to the Fall River, and ending at The Big Thompson River below Lake Estes.
Flies used: We used various perdigons as weight and attractor flies, the size 22 juju baetis was the fly that caught both fish in The Park. The same fly was the money maker on the Big T, however a size 24 BWO nymph also caught us a few fish on the Big T as well.
Fishing Conditions: It was a absolutely beautiful day! Plenty of sunshine, warm low 60’s to begin with and we ended with upper 60’s at the end. A little windy at times, but nothing too bad. For October in Colorado, I don’t think we could’ve had a more gorgeous day! Fish in the Park were more concentrating on the spawn, which made fishing tough. We saw a few reds as well. The Big T however had plenty of willing fish despite huge fishing pressure from a few guide trips as well as lots of other anglers.
General Comments: Thank you both again! I hope you both had as much fun fishing as I did guiding you guys! We started off a little slow in the park, but at least had some spectacular scenery! The Big T tail water was considerably better fishing. That being said, you both caught fish in both locations which was great! I’m very proud of you both for catching fish on the tail water after it had been beat up pretty good by another guided trip from another shop! Kudos to you both! The Big T tail water can be a tough place to fish but you guys did it! The fish here were also much bigger than the brook trout we caught at the Park. We caught Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout which is no easy feat! Congrats to Paul on that beast of a rainbow! I’ve had 5 other clients hook him but you are the first to land him so congrats man! I forgot to give you my card after that great catch but my contact info is listed below. If you have any questions on locations, flies used, techniques or just want to chat about fishing feel free to call, text or email me. I hope you both get on some great steelheads this season, and I’m green with envy!
Guide: Daniel Hogarth
Wind Conditions: Calm
Flow Level: CFS
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