Over the 4th of July holiday my wife and I like to go visit her parents in Colorado. This year I was lucky enough to be invited to go trout fishing by one of my father-in-laws good friends Greg Allen. Greg has access to a world class fishery in some tail waters of the Yampa River. We left the lodge at around 8 am and I had no idea what to expect. We left Edwards, CO where we were headed to a spot about 3 miles from Steamboat Springs, CO. Little did I know what awaited me. When we pulled up all I could think of was wow… I get to fish this?
After some brief instruction I was ready to get after them. I had not used a fly rod in about 10 years (did get some practice from Rob earlier in the week) but found out it was just like riding a bike. After about 5 minutes, I as back in the saddle and thanks to our guide Joe I was casting and missing fish like a pro in no time. We started out fishing some fast moving water with a cut in it. The river like most in central CO is up about 5 ft and flowing very fast. We were worried this would slow the fishing but the exact opposite happened. It concentrated the fish into a small area and the fast moving water made them react to the bait and did not give them time to study it. We hooked up on the first few casts and I had my first every trout on a fly rod. Followed by several more. We where using a pink worm hook followed by a small emerger. Just like KS they love pink!!!
We fished all day till 6 PM catching and releasing over 20 fish each. They all ranged from 16 to 22 inches. I did manage to lose 2 that where 22 plus and Greg landed one that was close to 24. Here are some pictures of our Guide along with Greg fighting some great fish. As well as me on top of a rock fishing a back water that produced great fishing…
Below you will see my biggest trout at just over 22 inches. These things put up a fight and with the fast water it was very had to stop them if they went down stream. Thanks again to Greg for a great day on the water.