Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Spring has Sprung

It's been a while since my last post but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy.  In the next few weeks I'll have many topics to write about but for now it's about a spring fishing trip.

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.

22" "Cutbow"
All in all it was great weekend to have Ryan out for a visit.  Fish were caught and beers were drunk.

til next time....


Gary Thompson said...

Jason is tops as a guide. He owns are pretty sweet fly company also. Only guide select patterns. Glad you had a great time. The Gunny is one of my favorite places on earth.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a lot of fun. I hunt and finsh in the lowlands of South Carolina. I love the hunt, but I also fish for flatfish and I have done a little surf fishing and offshore fishing, I hope to get the chance to be able to fly fish mountain streams for trout one day....

Bucky Davis
The Briary River Way