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Trouts Journal

End of August Colorado Float

Ivan Orsic / Sep 3, 2014

Early on Friday, Cody pulled me aside and mentioned that Dave wanted to float the Colorado on Sunday and asked if I was in? I quickly looked at my calendar and double checked to make sure I didn't have anything planned.

We decided to meet at the shop and after grabbing lunch from the deli at Safeway we hit the road. Cruising out of town down 6th was uneventful and after passing the construction area around Federal we sailed up the mountain and stopped in Silverthorne to pick up a few last minute items. As we drove up Hwy 9, we discussed the Kokanee Salmon run that is right around the corner and started to scope out the limited public access points on the Blue. After we passed the reservoir and made a left onto Trough road, we all were amazed at how everything is still so green for this time of year.

We Stopped at Rancho del rio and paid the $35 for our shuttle from State Bridge to Two Bridges. We quickly jumped into the car and pulled into State Bridge around 1:00pm. Don't forget to pay your daily use fee at the put in, it's only $5 and it helps keep recreations areas like State Bridge open.

We took the time to go ahead and get everything set up while the boat was out of the water. We deciced to set up two rods with hopper dropper rigs and used the Scott S4S as a streamer rod for the day.

Our fly rods for the day were:

- Sage One 590-4 - Sage 3250 - InTouch Rio Gold Fly Line

- Scott S4S 906-4 - Nautilus FWX ⅞ - Airflow Switch Line

- Sage One 590-4 - Abel 4N

After launching the boat we pushed off and went about a half a mile before pulling over on a small sandy beach to enjoy lunch. Dave tried the new InTouch Rio Gold fly line and really enjoyed the combination with the Sage One.

Cody hooked up first, and caught a really nice brown on hopper dropper combination. We saw quite a few fish rising early in the afternoon but once the storm rolled in the surface activity nearly ceased.

We experienced rain, hail, sunshine, cloud cover and windy conditions as we made the trip down the Colorado. As the afternoon progressed, we switched to nymph rigs with jimmy rubber legs and various bead head droppers. Our favorite flies for the day were the : BH Pheasant-tail, two bit hooker, RS2 and Brown/Black Jimmy Legs.

At the end of the day we Pulled out at Two Bridges which is located on river right after the railroad bridge. Our car was waiting for us and we quickly loaded the boat onto the trailer as mosquitos attacked us out of nowhere.

As I look back on Sunday, I am extremely excited that we floated the Colorado on our own. For just $40 + gas, we we're able to put a trip together and make it happen. Whether you float, explore a high mountain stream or fish your favorite spot in Cheeseman canyon, Trouts Fly Fishing is ready to help you make it the best trip possible.

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