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Earlier today, Aida and I decided it was time to get our fly lines wet and made a plan to head down to Deckers for an afternoon of fly-fishing.

Saw this guy on our way to Deckers

My wife has not fly-fished with me for some time now, but that didn’t stop her from showing off, and catching majority of the fish today.

Aida fishing

A few years back, in the beginning of her fly fishing career, I liked to say she was just being lucky.  Now days, since her fishing doesn’t have anything to do with  luck,  I am starting to use the “I am a great teacher” line.

Nice 15-incher

We started fishing above the bend pool.  As soon as we got geared up, I headed to some of my usual fish producing spots. To my surprise, I found NO fish there. At the same time, Aida started fishing where we entered the river.  She did her homework, scanned the river and saw a few feeding fish. She started fishing methodically,  hooking fish after a fish!!!

Fly of the day

Trying to keep up

Next time, I might just go by myself 🙂

Till next time!!


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I have been thinking about carp fly fishing for some time, and since most of our local rivers are blown out, I might try my luck at carp fishing tomorrow. In the mean time I have been tying some carp flies and the clouser swimming nymph has been my best producer so far. It is hard to decide between the backstabber and the clouser nymph, both great patterns.

Hook : 200R size 8

Thread : Danville Flymaster 6/0 fire orange

Rib : Copper wire

Body : Dubbing tier’s choice

Wing case: Peacock herl

Legs : Hen hackle

Weight : Dumbell eyes 1/8 oz in gold

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Didn’t I write something earlier about not liking to tie the prince nymphs since they used a lot of materials and were difficult to tie ?  Hm.. and here I am tying a Copper John, even harder pattern. Oh well, the mood stuck me to tie something different, and the Copper John came to my mind.

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Someone once said that any trout fly tied with peacock herl is a deadly pattern. I couldn’t agree more.  Sometimes people get lost in the new materials, fly designs and forget about the old and proven patterns. I have been fishing with prince nymphs for a long time, but man, do I hate tying those flies. Ever since moving to Colorado and fishing small hardware, aka. simple patterns, I stay away if anyhow possible from tying anything that incorporates more than a few simple steps and/or materials. However, the prince has proven time after time to be a great producer, and every spring I tie a dozen or so.

This year I am going to change things up a little, and instead of prince nymphs use a few other peacock herl patterns such as Zug Bugs and Diawl Bachs.

Diawl Bach (Welsh for ‘little devil’) is a  all round nymph attractor pattern. There is a mystery over who originally created this excellent fly. Was it Jimmy Evans at Chew in 1950, Glyn Isaac of Pembrokeshire or Albert Horne from Cardiff in South Wales? This fly is commonly used in Europe as a still-water pattern. Little devil is as popular in Europe (Britain) as the prince nymph is in the USA.  The secret to this fly’s success is its sparse, nymph like profile making it a fly for all seasons and waters.

Zug Bug was invented by Cliff Zug in West Lawn, PA during the 1940’s. He used the zug bug to imitate a cased cadis and a caddis larvae. While it is an effective as an emerging or diving sedge pattern it also works well in representing other trout foods such as dragon fly nymphs, mayfly nymphs and midge pupa’s.  Zug bugs can work very well when allowed to free drift along slow banks, or when fished in eddies below faster water. Bead headed zug bugs are best in fast water, as they sink down to where trout look for caddis pupae.

Since I have not fished the little devil before, I hope to try this patterns out in the very near future. I hope these easy ties will replace the prince nymphs in my fly box.

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While checking out the Front Range Anglers Blog, I saw another great pattern tied by Jay, the clown shoe caddis. It looked like an easy tie, and a great dry fly used in a dry-dropper setup. I gave it a try and this is how it turned out.

Material used:

Hook: TMC 2487 (#12, #14 and #16)

Abdomen: Medium Lt. Olive D-Rib

Thread: 6/0 Olive and 6/0 Black

Wing: Dun dyed elk hair ( I used deer)

Hackle: Dun saddle hackle

Post: Flouresant Cerise McFlyfoam

Thorax: Black Superfine Dubbing

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After lunch I decided to take a drive up the Canyon road and check out Boulder creek.  The plan was to try and catch a few trout. In about half an hour I was up in the canyon away from crowds and fishing this spot.

I started off with a size 20 BHPT and a 22 chartreuse zebra midge. They couldn’t resist the zebra and within a few casts the first fish was on.

This is an average size fish on the Boulder creek. They might not be big , but they are great fighter. After a few more fish out of this hole it was time to head down stream. Every deeper hole had at least four or five fish in it. Since the flow was low, it was hard to get close enough without spooking fish, but I was rewarded with one of these gems every time I managed to cast without spooking them.

I managed to fool 20+ fish in the 2.5 hours I fished. On the way home I stopped at the 6th street bridge. Since the water level in town was a lot higher, and muddier, I changed to a San Juan worm and a golden stone .  Both of these flies produced fish , but the stone fly outperformed the San Juan.

A few more pictures of today’s adventure and Boulder Creek.

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Matt, Gary, Adam and I had a very productive day of fishing in the  11-mile canyon.

Matt hooking into a nice rainbow trout

Matt's bow

Beautifull Fish

Cutbow - Rainbow Cutthroat trout mix

This is a beautty

Same fish

Size 24 Emerger

Rest of the pictures can be seen HERE.

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