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Old 12-13-2010, 06:57 PM
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The weather here in Colorado has been nothing short of off the hook extraordinary. WARM!!!
It was a beautiful day for a trip to 11 Mile Can for a nice day of dry fly fishing. Lots of fish to net today and many LDR's as well.
Managed an 11 Mile Slam as well......BONUS!!!!
All fish except the Koke took a #24 ParaAdams. The Koke hammered a rust bugger.

First to fall was a rainbow, actually several bows.
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Next a couple of Browns.
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Then a cutty
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Finally after some lunch and a break I walked up river and found a nice school of 8 Kokes. I re-rigged to a rust wooley and started running it through the school till one got mad enough to hammer the bug. Nice big hen.

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Yat: Congrats on a great outing, your right the Front Range has been having some crazy warm days this late in the year, but it is good to see the mountains are getting hammered with snow.

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Nice fish Yat. Thanks for sharing. You make me want to buy some #24's.
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Hi Yat, thanks for sharing a great day. That will definitely keep a fellow coming back for more. We are frosty down here is Florida. Freeze warnings tonight all the way to Miami.

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My sister reported 61* in The Springs today. She says there are some fires though, here it is seasonable with highs around 13 and lows at or around -10 or so. No fishing here buddy.
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Thanks guys. It was a great day for fishing. The weather all over the Country is just nuts this year.
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Nice! Beautiful Cutts, and I was wondering if the fourth species was going to be brookies. (didn't think it was, forgot about the kokanee)

Do the Kokanee have those teeth when they're in the lakes, or do they come out only on the spawning run like the anadromous fish? Also, do they survive to spawn again?
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Yat, most excellent, sir! I'm extremely jealous. Thanks for sharing and congrats on the slam.

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Nice! Beautiful Cutts, and I was wondering if the fourth species was going to be brookies. (didn't think it was, forgot about the kokanee)

Do the Kokanee have those teeth when they're in the lakes, or do they come out only on the spawning run like the anadromous fish? Also, do they survive to spawn again?
Good questions Cliff.
First, to the best of my knowledge, there are no Brookies in the Canyon.
Now as far as the Kokanee, They don't have those teeth or the hooked kype until spawning takes place. They're normal appearance is a silvery sided fish.
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After spawning both males and females die. There is no natural reproduction of Kokanee in Colorado, thus stocking is the only way to maintain a population of Kokanee.
My understanding of the lack of reproduction is that the males are sterile. Now this is the rumor I heard on the matter and I have not been able to find any information about it to verify or refute this.
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Nice! Beautiful Cutts, and I was wondering if the fourth species was going to be brookies. (didn't think it was, forgot about the kokanee)

Do the Kokanee have those teeth when they're in the lakes, or do they come out only on the spawning run like the anadromous fish? Also, do they survive to spawn again?
I can't speak to the kokanee where Yat lives, but we have several local runs here in southeast Idaho and though the teeth are present in the lake fish, they look like any trout species, they become more pronounced as they morph during the spawn. Also, the fish are like other salmon species and they die following the spawn.

Here is what they look like when they are advanced in the spawning process - this is a fish that lives in Palisades Reservoir along the Snake River and spawns in one of its tributaries:
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Here is the same species as caught in Alaska after it returned from the ocean to spawn in a local lake:
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We sure have fun with them, though

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