12-27-2011, 11:09 AM
Re: Out of my comfort zone, boy did it hurt.
Last summer Boulder creek was blown out for almost a month straight.
Not many people were fishing it at all, but I figured that the fish must eat, especially while fighting high water.
People would smirk and laugh, "catching anything?!" Obviously thinking I was an idiot. visibility was less than 1 foot.
I was using indicator setups with heavy flashy nymphs (copper johns, prince, FB pt's, lightning bug, 20"er) and bright red San Juans; the occasional split shot if necessary to get deeper. Most of the fish were near the edges in whatever soft water was available. But they were stacked up in the good 'slower' spots.
I also used white and brown streamers with a lot of flash.
I had several days catching about a dozen in a couple of hours in those conditions. Only when a big thunderstorm turned the creek dark brown did I have to quit.
The best part was fishing a very busy city park that is usually a waste of time; no crowds, deep holes, and a nice foot path along the creek to manage the spring flows.
Whether gin clear and slow, raging chocolate milk, or half iced over; I'm learning that trout can be caught in the worst conditions with patience and an 'out of the box' mentality.
The photos from the original post look like you're definitely in a jungle out there!