Date: June 26, 2012
Flow: 23 CFS at Englewood
Flies: #06-10 Thinmint Bugger, #06 Backstabber Rust, #08-10 Clouser Swimming Nymph Rust, #06 Swimming Carp Fly Tan, #08 Sparkle Worm, #08 Brown Peacock Carp Bugger, #08 Black Peacock Carp Bugger, #08 Headstand Worm
The carp fishing just keeps getting better! The flows are super low and the carp are extremely active! The fish are now in their prime, feeding heavily throughout the day and putting on the pounds. The hot weather has been brutal, but it is well worth it! The fish are now feeding heavily on crayfish, worms and leeches. The bottom is littered with small crayfish, perfect little carp morsels. The river did go through quite a change last week. Intense thunderstorms gave the river a serious flush. Flows reached an excess of 3000 CFS. This drastically changed the river and redistributed a lot of sediment. The fish rebounded quickly and things are now back to normal. Jim started off the morning with his first catch….A SAMURAI SWORD! Do not where it has been or what is has done…I don’t really want to know! I am sure there is a reason it was sitting on the bottom of the South Platte River.
The smallmouth bass fishing was ridiculous too! Over the past few weeks, I have seen some trophies (4+ pounds). Getting them to cooperate is a different story. Today we caught several. A few of them were nice sized, but a lot of small ones. We even had a some little ones steal the flies away from carp! The carp continue to be as spooky and wary as ever. With the low flows, keeping your distance and a prefect presentation are very important. Walk super slow and be patient. If you slosh through the water and make to much disturbance, you will spook fish from hundreds of feet away.