01/31/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges


Strange Things Are Happening In The Smokies:
I heard a strange sudden lack of any sound yesterday about noon. It seemed
everything suddenly and abruptly turned completely quiet. I said something to
myself just to see if my ears had gone out on me. After all, I've been in bed most all
the time since last Thursday fighting distemper. Then, I thought the power company
may have not received last months huge check I sent them but that thought went
away as soon as I noticed the lamp beside my bed was on. I crawled out of bed
(Angie had gone to the store), walked out the front door on the porch and was
shocked. There wasn't any snow on the ground. Then I begin to notice it wasn't
freezing cold. I even saw water on the end of the porch instead of ice. Then it hit
me. The twin air conditioning compressors that sit outside the house that function
the heat pump systems, one for the upstairs and one for the downstairs, had both
shut down. My guess is that's the first time that's happened in at least a month,
maybe longer. All of this is to say two things - I'm bored and it warmed up. The trout
will be so happy many of them will probably jump completely out of the water onto
the banks where you can just walk along and pick them up with ease.

Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 14
Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.

Colorado In A Nutshell:
I will move on up from the Southern Rocky Mountains into the Central Rocky
Mountains to the state of Colorado. Westward from where the plains meets the
mountains, there are probably more trout streams than roads. I'm really not kidding
too much. There are few roads in most of the state of Colorado and there are a lot
of trout streams. Although it's true the billionaires have ran most of the lowly
millionaires out of the state by buying up all of their trout stream property, there's
still far more water available to the public to fish than most anglers would imagine.
The farther you get from the highly populated areas of the state, the more this is
true. Colorado is a big state and most of its population is in only a very few areas.
Most of it is along a line on the east side of the Front Range. Ninety plus percent of
the state is very remote, mountainous country. Getting off the beaten paths will
enable you to access plenty of water that holds trout that's rarely cast to.

There's another unique thing about the state that directly relates to the order in
which I have presented this series of fly fishing destinations. You will see an "A"
rated stream show up for the very first time. I "guessed' that the Lee's Ferry
Tailwater of Lake Powell on the Colorado River may very well be an "A" stream, but
since I haven't fished it since the early 70's, I refused to classify it.

Frying Pan River Colorado
I might as well start out by naming one I consider a solid "A" stream. It's the Frying
Pan River in Colorado. Although I'm sure there's only one way to correctly spell the
name of this stream, you will see it spelled two different ways. You will also see it
spelled Fryingpan River. Since I cannot spell anything, anyway, it makes little
difference to me but just to fool with my cyberspace buddies at Google, I will spell it  
both ways so their web crawlers don't trash this fine report. That's short for - take
this Google. I am referring to both the Frying Pan River and the Fryingpan River
which not only I, but most of the fly shop owners and tourist people cannot spell. .

The Frying Pan River is actually two different types of streams separated by Rudei
Reservoir - the headwaters and the tailwater. It's the tailwater that's the big deal. I'll
say right off hand that some of you may think this is too small a stream to be
considered a top stream. I disagree because we have fished it several times during
the most popular times and although there were well enough anglers there, we were
always able to find plenty of water to fish by ourselves. Also, although it can get a
little crowded at times, I think you should be smart enough to understand why. It's a
very good trout stream. It's a good enough stream that I considered making Neil
Diamond an offer for his home across the street from the river - then I thought about
all the upkeep the yard would require - I mean - the Big Horn Sheep do damage the
lawn and Angie didn't think she would have much luck getting me to work in the yard
very often. She's a smart lady.
Smart enough to know he probably wouldn't take my offer.

The Frying Pan isn't a pushover by any means. It will pose a challenge, especially
getting its larger trout to cooperate but it won't be the lack of big fish that's the
problem. It will be your own skills that will be challenged. You can get a true Grand
Slam if your good enough and you can also catch a huge brown or rainbow trout
along with big brooks and cutthroat trout. You won't find any stocked trout in the
Fryingpan River or the Frying Pan River either one, Mr. Google. The stream holds
an incredible amount of food for the trout and an incredible amount of trout. No, I'm
not getting carried away. There's a lot more "A" trout streams to come and even a
very few "A plus" streams.
Check out the Frying Pan River.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh