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edwardo 05-16-2012 08:35 PM

Newby fishing in Colorado
I'll be camping in the Lake Isabel, Chatfield State Park, and Mueller State Park in late May and early June. I need some places to fly fish; more of a quantity than a quality type thing as I don't have a lot of experience. I've fished some in north Georgia, Tennessee, and at Yellowstone; only been fly fishing for a year. I'm looking for stupid fish, not old smart ones.

Also, can anyone recommend a guide at this late date for the Mueller area?


countr21 05-18-2012 02:22 PM

Re: Newby fishing in Colorado
You will be pretty close to the South Platte. The river is a "gold medal" water, which means it basically holds lots of big trout. The browns and 'bows aren't exactly "stupid," but it's a treat to fish. I've only fished the Cheesman Canyon section and the fish are reputed to be even more finicky than other South Platte locales. You can really put your fish-spotting skills to the test in the Canyon. The Canyon is very scenic and there is no road traffic noise in the background (which ruins the fishing experience for me personally). But, the Canyon requires a little effort to fish (short hiking and minimal rock and ledge scrambling). Try the flatter section near Deckers for a little easier's all roadside and the fish are a little smaller but they're reported as being more easily fooled.

I would also head up to Spinney Reservoir. Lots of large rainbows up there. A float tube here is a good idea but you can also fish form shore as long as the 'bows are cruising the shores. Try evening fishing here. The bows will chase buggers, wooly worms, and drys.

joerouse 05-19-2012 08:17 PM

Re: Newby fishing in Colorado
I agree... You'll be so close to the hogs at Deckers and Cheesman Canyon that it would be insane not to take at least 1 day to try to catch one for yourself.

But I do know what you're saying about quantity over quality/stupid fish. After being humbled by the technical complexity of the South Platte, head to any of the following places for a ego-repairing un-finicky trout smorgasbord of a day:

Bear Creek (Above Morrison - Lair O' The Bear Open Space is a good place to start)

Clear Creek (The canyon above Golden, or i -70 above Idaho Springs)

South Boulder Creek (Below Gross Dam.... Fished there today and it was outstanding!)

All these places are within an hour of Denver.

Have fun...

edwardo 05-21-2012 03:29 PM

Re: Newby fishing in Colorado
Thanks, these are the types of replies I was looking for. Wish me luck.

How is Tarryall Creek; easy/difficult?

nickj 05-22-2012 09:36 PM

Re: Newby fishing in Colorado
Pm me if you're going to fish Bear Creek.

edwardo 05-23-2012 05:40 PM

Re: Newby fishing in Colorado
PM'ed you Nick.

mike63 05-29-2012 09:40 PM

Re: Newby fishing in Colorado
I fished Tarryall this weekend. I didn't do so well but am still pretty inexperienced. I did manage to catch a few small browns on a dry dropper set up. Wind was atrocious but that is Colorado.

edwardo 06-28-2012 03:23 PM

Re: Newby fishing in Colorado
Well, I managed to fish in four different locations on my recent trip. Caught 3 small trout in Lake Isabel. Fished Deckers one morning with a guide; had 3 hookups but none brought to hand; it was very fun though. I tried Eight Mile, saw a bunch of fish, had a few strikes, but no hookups; they apparently didn't like what I was offering. I then tried the meadows just north of Lake George on the South Platte; caught 6 one day and 4 the next, each time in about 2-3 hours of fishing. I had several other hookups. I had a blast; I just wish Colorado was not so far from Alabama. I could really get addicted to this kind of fishing. Thanks for all your comments and suggestions.

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