Clear Creek Fly Fishing Golden Colorado

Hey all! Can’t tell you how much I am hating the wind right now. 4 days of non stop gusts straight down the line and it seems the fish are feeling it as well. I decided that I would start my day in downtown Golden. Being that it is the end of the line for my fishing Clear Creek and it is the location that I am trying to get the city to stock ( hint, hint) I thought I would take some pics and show the readers out there what makes this place rock! To those of you who are also interested in seeing the city stock these waters with catchable size trout, not bait size, give the good Mayor of our city an email jsmith@cityofgolden.net. Wouldn’t it be nice to pull some 15 + inch fish out of ” The Golden Mile” ? I now That TU has done a lot of work with some help from money given by COORS, and that is great! Now we have a better trout breading area, why not put it to great use! If you have any questions about my plans please feel free to email me. Enjoy the pics and lets get things rolling people!
Tight Lines-Jay

Weather

Wow! Wind has picked up strong and is rocking threw the canyon. The colder weather may put the trout into a holding pattern. We still have plenty of time to get fishing in so do not fret. It is almost time to dust off your tying vice and sit down with good tunes, friends and a cold beer. Winter is not here yet but the days are getting shorter. Tying classes will start soon and I can’t wait to get teaching on a regular basis again!
Tight Lines-JV

Ward Road Bass Fishing

With the fall coming into full bloom I decided to try my luck at a little bass fishing. Ward Road lake is a great place to go with easy access. As a fly fisherman though you will want to bring your float tubes or canoe. The brush makes it impossible to back cast and the bass have not yet moved back to the shallows. I launched at about 7:30 a.m. and bass were sky rocketing out of the water for surface bugs. There were some BIG Small Mouth out there! I have driven past this lake a lot on my way back to Golden and have read some shady reports on fishing it. Don’t be fooled, this is a prime spot for bass. There are a lot of structures and cover for them to hide. It reminded me of fishing small lakes back home in Michigan. I would load up my box with small poppers and wooly buggers in black, white and olive. I will be heading back there a lot more in hopes that the smallies move into the shallows. REMEMBER: this IS a catch and release spot! If you see people taking from it REPORT THEM!!! I know it seems off to do this but the fishing is important!

Clear Creek October

I hit the pools between Idaho Springs and Dumont to see what the action was like last week. Casey from Trout Steak Revival came along to try his luck as well. The pools are easily accessible from Johnson road and parking is everywhere. CDOT does have the entrance closed on the I.S. side so go to Dumont and backtrack. The fish were looking up and not shy at all. The fish we caught were between 9 and 11 inches. These pools are fun all year and the trout like to stack up in them.

Chuck Lewis SWA in Steamboat

We just got back from steamboat ( yes will, again) and man is the fishing gooood! Lots of top water action and the fish were flying out of the water. Air temp was 76 and partly cloudy all day. Baetis and other emergers were everywhere. We decided to hit the Chuck Lewis SWA just out of town. It doesn’t look like much at first, but after you walk through the gate you will realize how much river you have access too. I have fished here before and never had hooked into a big fish but had seen and spooked many. With all the top water it was clear after the first fish that the big boys were hungry! This spot is great when the fishing downtown gets a little crowded or the tuber hatch is on. Watch out during water fowl season though being that it is a SWA hunters are around. After taking some samples and finding every pupa under the sun I noticed that there are still lots of Golden stones around and a size 12 should do the trick as a dropper. I used a size 18 para Adams trailed by a size 22 midge. Both were effective all day. The thing that always amazes me about the yampa is how many crayfish there are. Every rock I turned one seemed to dart out. I couldn’t help but imagine streamer fishing there the next time I make it to town. Cheers!