Let's hope that mother nature is a little more cooperative for this month's Trout Unlimited fly fishing trip. With weather being such a variable this time of year, I decided it was best to rely upon as many constants as possible when selecting a destination for our trip. For Colorado winter fishing, that is usually spelled T-A-I-L-W-A-T-E-R. Consequently, we'll be heading down to beautiful Eleven Mile Canyon this Saturday to enjoy some wonderful winter scenery and hopefully a few tugs on the line. Most likely we'll be concentrating our efforts on the upper section of the river very near Spillway campground and moving downstream until we bump into ice problems.
The stream flow in the canyon has been holding very steady between 100-140 cfs for the past week. This is historically a little higher than the average winter flow, and if it remains so, should make for some excellent winter fishing. Right now, the extended forecast shows a warming trend for the weekend with high temperature reaching 49 degrees this Saturday. That should make for one heck of a day! With playoff football in full swing we should also be rewarded with lower crowding. Don't forget to set your DVR!
Plan for typical winter tailwater nymph fishing. The fly sizes will be small 18-26. Flies that have worked pretty well for me in the past are Top Secret Midge, Grey Sparkle Wing RS2, Miricle and Mercury Midges, Buckskins, Rojo Midge, and of course a variety of small Copper Johns as a lead fly. The conditions in the canyon will include swirling winds so a 9' #5 rod is advisable. If we get a warming trend that will be a bonus, but plan for it to be cold in the morning and dress accordinly. Layers are a good idea so you can adjust to the conditions as it warms. Once the sun hits the river, it should warm up nicely.
Everyone think positive thoughts! Repeat to yourself, warm, fish, warm, fish! We'll leave from the Board of Realtors Parking lot at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. I'll be there a little early with some coffee and donuts. Plan for a 2 hour caravan drive. The prime fishing time in Eleven Mile Canyon this time of year is between 10:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. There is a $5.00 charge per vehicle to get into the Canyon park, so make sure you have a little extra cash if you're driving. I am more than happy to take a few people with me.
It would be great if we could enjoy a shared lunch together later in the fishing day, after prime time. If everyone could bring a little something that would be awesome. I'm bringing a stove and some homemade chicken noodle soup, plus a big coffee pot. It might be a good idea to bring a folding chair along. Please contact me directly if you'd like to sign up, or I'll have a sign up at the monthly meeting tonight. It should be a great time! I hope we have a good sized group and don't forget to bring a new friend.
|Not winter, but it's a warm thought to hold onto!|