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Trouts Journal

Trouts Guide Service Report: 8/22

Ivan Orsic / Aug 22, 2015

The fishing continues to remain anywhere from good to very good (depending on the day) and Trouts Guide Service has been on the water every day lately taking full advantage of it. Per usual, most of our public water trips are taking place somewhere along the South Platte, however we're also still putting quite a few trips out on our two Exclusive Properties up in Grand County, The Willow Creek Ranch and Granby Ranch. Whether our vehicles are taking us north or south to meet our customers each day, there have been two scenarios we're keeping our fingers crossed for as we merge onto the highway, take another sip of coffee, and step on the accelerator- bugs and/or clouds. The fish are still really keying in on the various hatches we're seeing with regularity -PMD's, BWO's, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, Tricos and Hoppers (not really a 'hatch' I know, but you get the idea). On the days where the bugs are active, keeping a dry fly rod at the ready has been a wise move if seeing fish in the net is a goal of yours. On days where the bug life is a little more sparse, cloud cover has been one of my personal favorite things to see. The last scenario- the one none of us are crossing fingers for- is the bluebird, hot, windless day. We've been dealt a handful of those lately and these have proven to be the toughest days for putting big fish in the net. If you happen to find yourself out during this last scenario my suggestion is this-- "grind it out". The fish are most likely going to be pulled off the banks and sitting in the cooler, oxygenated, and quite possibly deeper, water. Fish these areas with confidence and with a purpose. Often times I literally make clockwork out of it. When you approach a likely looking riffle/run/pool, take a look at your watch and then fish the area very intently for a set amount. For me this is usually 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the area. Then I move on to the next spot. Don't get caught up spending an hour fishing the same run. Cover water and your bound to find a few happy, feeding fish along the way. Oh and cross your fingers for the afternoon thunderstorm- the fishing has been pretty incredible immediately following these!

From a fly perspective our guides are finding success with the following:

Dry: Parawulff Adams (sz. 14-18), Clownshoe Caddis (sz 16, 18), Film Critic PMD (sz 14-18), Griffiths Gnat (sz 18), Elk Hair Caddis (sz 16,18), Purple Haze (sz 14-18), Royal PMX (sz 14-18), Cornfed Sally (sz 16-18), Parachute Hopper (sz. 12-16), Chubby Chernobyl (sz. 10-16),

Nymph: Rainbow Warrior (sz 16-20), Barrs PMD Emerger (sz 14-18), Mercury Bead Pheasant Tail (sz 18,20), Two-Bit Hooker (sz 14-18), Guide's Choice Hair's Ear (sz 16, 18), Chocolate Thunder (sz 18, 20), Rs2 (sz 18-22), Pats Rubberlegs (sz 10-14), San Juan Worm (sz 12-16)

Give us a call or swing by the shop to book your very own guided fly fishing trip today!!

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