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Old 02-13-2005, 11:49 PM
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What are your favorite trout streams?
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Most people that know me very well know that I love small mountain stream fishing. My favorite destination is the Durango area. There are several great small streams that include Bear Creek, Hermosa Creek, Fish Creek, Cunningham Creek and Lime Creek. These streams are loaded with trout that include bows, brooks, browns and cutts. This is also dry fly fishing at its best. Some bigger water is also available because the Animas River flows through Durango and the San Juan River in New Mexico is only a one hour drive. So you can get in some high mountain stream fishing and big river fishing from the same place.

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I am a fan of the small streams too, but that's not quite my favorite. I love the spots where creeks and rivers snake through meadows in high altitude valleys. My favorite example of this is the South Platte above and within the "Dream Stream" area near Spinney Reservoir and the village of Hartsel. The wind can be challenging, but I just love 'em!

For those not familiar with the "Dream Stream", its a 3.8 mile section of the South Platte in between two reservoirs. This section of river is only an hour drive west of Colorado Springs and is amazing! I would even take a pay cut to get transferred there.

Here's some info on it: http://www.coloradofishing.net/ft_dream.htm
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The White and Norfolk Rivers in Northern Arkansas.
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Do you need a guide to fish the Dream Stream? Is it pretty easy to fish? Is there public water? Looks like a great place.

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guide? no. public? all or most, plenty anyway. easy? hmm

Figuring out what fly will catch fish can be a challenge. I'd say you're safe if its size sixteen and green, beyond that is up to you.

You'll need to learn the "fishing casts" and be able to get good drifts. Those casts would be the bounce, tuck, reach, and the curves. I can throw them, but am not much on teaching them. I'll create a post in the casting section and have Doug give us a lesson.

I'd take a 9' 4 or 5 wt and expect to need 10+ foot leaders ending in 5x or 6x. Oh yeah, leave the big neon pink indicators at home. Those fish are too smart for that. A high floating dry will work much better.
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Creel,

Since you fish the durango area, have you fished vallecito creek or any of the small streams in the weiminuche wilderness area. I am thinking of a trip up there to fish these streams, and emerald lake.

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David:

The only stream that I've fished in the Vallecito area is the Florida River. I've not yet fished any streams in the Weiminuche Wilderness... they're still on my short list. I mostly fish the streams in the San Juan National Forest west of that area.

I've heard that fishing is great in the wilderness area and I imagine that it’s true. I'm sure that during late summer, dry attractor flies will be in order. Royal Wullf, Stimulator, Elk Hair Caddis, Adams, etc in size 14 and 16 will be very productive. This is dry fly fishing at its best. Take a few large weighted Stonefly nymphs. You'll occasionally hit a pool that so deep the big trout will not come up for a dry. After I cast the dry a time or two, I've drug a huge nymph deep in those pools and caught some really big fish.

Now... when are you going? I got a report this morning that the snow fall is 180 to 225% of normal. This means that runoff may last into early July. So for the best dry fly fishing conditions I would try to not plan a trip before mid July of you're going this year.

I hope this helps.

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Default Re: Favorite Trout Streams

my favorite tailwater is the swift river in belchertown, MA
giant brookies(up to 4 pounds) during the hex hatch? sturbiden pond in ME

from the kayak or tube would be the Alagash in ME followed by a small section of the androscoggin also in ME.

in the west I used to fish the yampa alot but its kinda warm mid summer so the fish are a bit sluggish, I am told upstream of where I lived stayed a bit colder and there are many great small streams in the Steamboat springs area.
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