A few weeks back my good friend Ryan made a venture out west to jump into the sport of fly fishing. Our timing could not have been any better for a spring time fishing trip in the Rockies. We walked a tight time line before the spring run off began.
We decided to head to the Crested Butte on Western Slope for a few days of fishing. The best decision was to go with a guide to make sure we were put on fish. We booked a day with Jason White of Crested Butte Angler. What a great choice guides! I can't say enough about our experience with Jason. The Gunnison River water level cooperated enough for us to float it in Jason's drift boat. Not only have I never fished with a guide, I have never fly fished from a drift boat. Since this was going to be a new experience for both Ryan and I was completely optimistic that this was going to be a great day on the river.
|Jason White giving Ryan some last minute instructions.|
|Ryan's first fish from a drift boat.|
We floated the "Guuny" for full 8 hours and it felt like it! Cast after cast made the arms sore but it was well worth it. We had a good day on the river and landed enough fish to keep us hungry for more.
Our next fly fishing adventure took us to the famed Cheeseman Canyon of the South Platte River. It was tough day on the river with a rising flow and slew of floating algae. The fish were very hard to come by but we were able to get some action after a brief thunderstorm passed through. I was lucky enough to relieve Ryan from a hot run to land a nice fish.
til next time....