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    Default Beautiful day, picky trout

    Today was a great day out on the water. I had the day off (24 hour on-call this Saturday) so thought I'd enjoy the sunshine, since I'll be inside most of the weekend. Drove out to Clear Creek this morning, thinking I'd fish for a bit then do some exploring, but ended up staying the day.

    There were a bunch of trout actively feeding up and down a stretch of the river and I couldn't bring myself to leave. Early on there was a nice blue wing olive hatch and I caught a good number on emergers, rs2's, and sparkle duns. They were very picky, but it was the kind of fishing I enjoy - seeing the trout tip-up under my fly, drift under it studying for a few seconds before either grabbing it or rejecting it. Those are a long few seconds.

    In the afternoon there was a midge hatch or some sort and my 20's and 22's started looking huge. I managed a some more, some on nymphs and some on my midges, but they were very picky. The most frustrating was when a trout took my florescent orange indicator, ignoring the midge emerger trailing behind it. As I burned through my fly selection, I got desperate and tried caddis, an adams irresistible (it was resistible), and even a hopper, which of course didn't work. I saw some rather large fish but the two largest I landed were about 12-13 inches.

    Very fun fishing and a nice way to spend a day off, especially catching some on dries I'm sure I'll be thinking about it this coming Saturday...

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    Default Re: Beautiful day, picky trout

    Another good report William, always glad to hear you're out after them.

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    Default Re: Beautiful day, picky trout

    I had a similar day last Friday, William! While I managed a few fish, I couldn't buy a fish on a dry, though I did manage some rises... however, I saw a lot more of the thousand-mile-stare-plus-ultimate-rejection nose-ups. Either way, it's never a bad day to be a fisherman, and it's always so hard to leave!
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    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

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    Default Re: Beautiful day, picky trout

    Good to hear others had a good day too. I was confronted with same sceneario. Bluequills, then midges followed by the little motorboat sedges. If your fly sat still you were shown no interest skate it twitch it pull it under and the takes we wild. Keeping them pinned was another story! I too enjoy that kind of day. Its pretty cool to me that two people across the country can have near identical days.
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    Default Re: Beautiful day, picky trout

    Quote Originally Posted by wt bash View Post
    skate it twitch it pull it under and the takes we wild. Keeping them pinned was another story! I too enjoy that kind of day. Its pretty cool to me that two people across the country can have near identical days.
    Do you use any special pattern for this? I did skate my flies a bit and got some interest, but I wasn't quite matching the naturals well enough. It was a good day to be out!

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