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Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 03-12-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 628
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: North Platte River Spring Flush Schedule

Having fished just about every major water from the Missouri in Montana to the Colorado at Lee's Ferry, I gotta admit that the North Platte at Grey Reef is head and shoulders the best Rainbow fishery...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 08-24-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,043
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: South Platte Skunked!!!

In my 22 years in Colorado, I have never caught a fish in a South Park stream in a heavy rain storm. That rain pounding down on s shallow stream totally puts the fish down.

The Dream Stream is all...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 08-09-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 948
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: Best private water Colorado

Try Boxwood Gulch. Not cheap, but the fish are huge. Bring lots of pellet flies.

Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 07-20-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,006
Posted By fishnskiguy
re: Fishing Wyoming (additional photos 7/23/14)

Beautiful pictures.

I wonder if that bull moose is related to the one that had me run up a tree on the Buffalo River in Island Park ID in 1967. Not fun at all!

Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 07-15-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: This year's Idaho/Montana trip

Thanks everybody for the replies. I hope you all get a chance to experience the area some day.

Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 07-13-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By fishnskiguy
This year's Idaho/Montana trip

[Just got back from four days of fantastic fishing on the Henry's Fork and Madison rivers. Both rivers fished super well.

I stayed at Trout Hunter Lodge on the banks of the Henry's Fork just...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 07-01-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: YNP (And Surrounding Areas) Advice

I used to live in Idaho Falls and must tell you there is no good trout fishing within an hour. Spend the night in IF and get a decent start the next day.

Then hit the Henry's Fork on day 2. Good...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-27-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,866
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: Places that are world known... but lame?

There is no trout stream in the Intermountain Region that is truly lame. That said, the river that comes closest to being totally uninteresting to me is the 50 Mile Riffle section of the Madison....
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,620
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: How realistic is a career as a fly fishing guide?

I became a fly fishing guide and ski instructor after a 28 year career in the Navy. I absolutely loved both jobs. In fact, after 28 years in nuclear powered submarines it is a real stretch to call...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-23-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 726
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: How do you identify the bugs ?

Ok, here is the Cliff Notes version of Western bug identification.

Mayflies- dainty little sailboats when sitting on the water. Their flight is soft and ephemeral (that's why some have the Latin...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-23-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 666
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: Fly Fishing area Near DENVER, CO

South Boulder Creek below Gross Reservoir.

Drive Hwy 72 from Nederland to Ward. There are numerous high lakes and connecting streams in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. All are worth a try.

Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-22-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 216
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: mohawk lake Colorado

My Kip Carey's Official Colorado Fishing Guide says the first lake is barren, upper two have cutts, but my book is dated 2003. I would check with a fly shop in Breck for the latest.

Forum: General Discussion 06-18-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 498
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: New to the sport and the forum - few questions

That's why I went to soft lead (or soft tungsten for YNP), Yes, it costs a bit more, but the ability to add or remove a tiny bit or a huge glop makes it worth every penny.

Whenever I buy a new...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-17-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: close to vail village - easy access

Access to Gore Creek in Vail is easy. Almost nothing is posted.

Unfortunately we had a big snow year, so Gore Creek and every other stream in Eagle County is in major run off. :(

I am resigned...
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: epic hatch...

I've seen that kind of caddis hatch on the Arkansas River below Salida, CO in mid May. When the hatch is that dense, fishing is hopeless. Your fly is one of a million, and the odds of hooking a fish...
Forum: General Discussion 06-14-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: Yellowstone Backcountry

Correct. The Gardner River joins the Yellowstone River at the town of Gardiner. Go figure.

Sheepeater cliffs is about 6-8 miles south of Mammoth Hot Springs on the Norris-Mammoth road.

Forum: General Discussion 06-14-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: Yellowstone Backcountry

I recommend the Gardiner River at and above Sheepeater Cliffs. The fish are not huge but there are lots of them. Great place for novices.

Lots of camping around there also.

Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,783
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: Tipping

I'm a retired naval officer who guided for eight years, and now I hire guides from time to time on new waters.

A good float guide gets $150 regardless of the fish caught. I value good...
Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 661
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: Net your own fish

On those few occasions when I hire a guide, I always make it a point to ask the guide NOT to net the fish. I'd much rather have him taking lots of pictures with my camera. However, if I'm fishing...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-08-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 593
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: small streams near boulder, co?

Care to tell us what stream was clear enough to fish so well in the middle of runoff?:thumbup:

Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-08-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,471
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: Colorado Suggestions.. timing/places

Unfortunately, the northern half of the state didn't get a "normal" snowpack, it got a huge one- the second biggest in our 22 years in Colorado. While flows have peaked they are dropping very...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-07-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: The Green below Fontanelle

I have fished the Green below Flaming Gorge at 10,000 CFS and did surprisingly well. It clears pretty quickly after a big bump and the fish stay close to the bank giving the wade fisherman the edge....
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-04-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,206
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: SILVERTHORNE/Breckinridge/Vail/Copper mtn

I think he means downstream. Three miles upstream of the dam is still Lake Dillon.

Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-02-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 644
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: Williams Fork Tailwater is Decent (as long as flows don't skyrocket)

Unfortunately, this is the second biggest runoff year we've seen in our 22 years in Colorado. Most years rivers are high but clear by now.

The South Platte in Cheesman Canyon is pumping pretty...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 05-31-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By fishnskiguy
Re: Native Greyling in Montana; who knew?

I fished Red Rocks Creek above the upper lake last August. Although conditions were ideal, I only caught one six inch cutthroat. I found out later that the limit had been raised to 20 fish in June,...
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