Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wednesday is a solitude day for fishing - Not if your plans include Cheeseman Canyon though

Wednesday is a great day to have off work if you're a fly fisherman, right? It gives you the opportunity to get in touch with nature, spend time with a good friend, or decompress from the rigors of life, giving you a chance to connect with your inner thoughts. If that's your goal, and you have Cheeseman Canyon on your agenda, you need to recalibrate your thinking.

Wow! What a party it was in the Canyon today. Best to put yourself in the frame of mind that it's a social gathering - time spent with friends, lots of them, and the chance to make some new ones, lots of them.

Kidding aside, I got an opportunity today to fish with my good friend and neighbor Jim, and was later joined by some bird hunting buddies who found some time to get away from their respective offices. We enjoyed a fabulous day on the river, despite the crowds. Fishing was tough for Jim and I, but we were both rewarded with a reasonable number of fish, a couple of them (Jim's) very respectable. What can I say, I didn't have the mojo today. I figure it's the price I had to pay for my Memorial Day brown trout extravaganza. The fishing gods always even the score.

Conditions were favorable with flows at 274 cfs. The water was reasonably clear offering excellent site fishing conditions. At the end of the day, Jim and I compared notes. Surprisingly, we took all of our fish on either a Grey or Black Loop Wing RS2 in sizes 18-22 trailed behind a Tung Poxyback Golden Stone in size 12 or Jimmy Legs Stone Fly in size 10. I lost one fish that had taken the golden stone. Our catch was mostly rainbows with a few browns mixed in. Sizes ran a wide range, between 12" (mine) and 22" (Jim's). All the fish were very well marked and healthy which made me happy.

On the way home we had a little extra time. Since the lower section of the South Platte running through Deckers had finally cleared up, I wanted to see what the extent of the damage was from the Horse Creek run off of last summer. I am sad to report this section of the river is going to take considerable time to repair itself from all the sediment that flowed from Horse Creek as a result of the Hayman Fire. Most of the prior great structure in the river is nothing more than an underwater desert of gravel and sand covering most of the stream bed. There was an abundant caddis hatch on the river though which gives me great hope for the future, but I fear the structural damage to the river will be a negative force to contend with for anglers for some time to come.

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