02/06/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges
4.    Little Winter Stoneflies


High Winds in the Smokies Yesterday;
Something I didn't count on happening to the extent it turned out to be was the high
wind conditions that took place in the Smokies yesterday. Several times It got to the
point it wasn't exactly safe to be in the woods unprotected from falling limbs or even
trees. The weather service predicted 20 to 25 MPH gust at Gatlinburg, but at my
home in Pigeon Forge near the Spur, it was much higher than that at times. Several
large limbs are in my yards from the afternoon winds. I didn't fish yesterday, but I did
drive through parts of the park. I'm just getting over the flu and didn't want to go
through that ever again. My Doctor ask me if I took a flu shot. For some reason, I
didn't this year. He then stated, it probably wouldn't have done me any good if I had.
They failed to work for many people.


Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 19
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 River Colorado
If you fish the Colorado River, the impression your going to get strictly depends on
where you fish it. It flows from the high altitude meadows of the Rock Mountain
National Forest all the way into Utah. Along its way, it receives water from several
different tributaries, some small and some large. It can be waded in areas and in
other areas it can't. Much of it is drift boat water. It all depends on where you fish
this big river. The river has all the species of trout, cutthroat, rainbow, brown and
brook trout depending where you fish it.

From the Fraser River confluence downstream to the confluence with Troublesome
Creek, a distance of 20 miles, the river is rated "Gold Metal" water by the state of
Colorado. It rightly deserves this. There are several other areas almost as good. It
has areas of public access along its way but much of the river flows through private
property. There are some fly fishing resort type places along the way where you can
pay to fish. All in all, I will have to give the Colorado an "A" rating, but not as a
whole. There's too much private water. I am giving the "A" for the gold metal waters
and a few other areas along its way where the fishing opportunities are excellent.
Check out the Colorado River.

Animas River Colorado
The Animas River flows through one of the nicest little towns in Colorado - Durango.
Although I love the town and nearby other fishing opportunities, I have found the
Animas River to be less than it is reputed to be. Much of its headwaters are
inaccessible unless you want to ride a tourist train to and from the canyon area. It is
a very beautiful river that flows through gorgeous country but the fishing is limited to
only a few areas, mostly in Durango. Fishing the Ute Indian Reservation is an option
but permits are required and wading opportunities aren't that great in their waters.
Much of its lower part of the river is too deep to wade. .

The state considers the area from Lightner Creek confluence to the Purple Cliffs to
be Gold Metal water. My experience doesn't bear that out but I've only fished it three
times during two different seasons. Maybe it's my lousy fishing but even so, I refuse
to give this stream over an "A minus".
Check Out The Animas River

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