I resisted the encouragements of others believing "I don't want to consume my time writing for free..." However after some soul searching and some incredibly enjoyable reading I have found on the pages of other anglers' blogsites I have taken the plunge. Taking a little bit of time to refrain from piling kudos upon the others' sites I will merely comment that my blog will cover a lot of aspects of the fly fishing world. Travel and destinations, fly fishing tips, updates on the state of the industry and occasionally product reviews will be the focus of my ramblings. I am sure other perspectives will permeate my words as well. But for now I hope to introduce you to the current conditions around my home waters.
Winter has released her grip somewhat prematurely along the Eagle River. Water is gaining purchase on recently unfrozen banks as the run-off begins to roar. Typical off colored water below Wolcott has predominated the conditions lately. The upper Eagle River Valley, while still holding snow in shaded draws, is waking up to the warmth of Spring as well. Giant midges and healthy BWOs are filling the atmosphere from Gypsum to Edwards. Clusters of midges tumble behind every riverbed boulder that pierces the surface creating an eddy for orgies. While the trout are not focused on the surface, yet, they are gorging themselves on nymphs all day and emergers come mid-afternoon.
Those of us who never really place all of our rods in storage, even in the dead of winter, the Spring has been upon us for a while now. Others are just brushing the dust off their fly vest and storing their ski poles to begin the summer focus. My fly shop, Fly Fishing Outfitters, has seen a steady stream of clients and local anglers pouring through the door since the longer days of sunlight began filling the calendar. The fly bins have been uncharacteristically low for this time of year.
Anglers are not just focusing on coldwater trout that are waking up to the increase of bugs and water temperature. Versatile fly anglers have broken out their stout fly rods to ply the shallow bays of reservoirs like Harvey Gap, Rifle Gap and Stagecoach Reservoir for Northern Pike. The toothy water-wolves are returning to the warm sun-drenched shallows to spawn. Most of the larger females are looking to grab a bite to eat before their focus on reproduction. Check out my latest published fly fishing article in Southwest Fly Fishing on Stagecoach Reservoir, Colorado and fly fishing for pike (March/April 2015). Carp anglers along the front range are plucking some rather large examples of the golden scaled hoovers under our abundant blue-sky days. Brownlining carp in urban waters can provide an angler the warm weather boost to get their casting into shape. No matter where you stretch your line the waters of Colorado are warming up and waiting for you.
Spring is here so get out on the water, just like this Blog, you gotta start somewhere.