Tuesday, March 29, 2011

10 " of New Fluffy Powder

We skied the powder together on our new "fat" Rossi skies. Darlene skiing the tree line making the first tracks.
The Fish Spotter got to play a little in the new snow before we hit the slopes.
Crisp fresh morning before the "slat rats" made tracks.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

STRONG Down Stream Winds!!

Walt landed most of his fish on a bead head flashback pheasant tail.
John used a 2-bit hooker all day.

By the way, Walt set a record--'the most flies donated to river rocks'

(in my 10 years of guiding).

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Rocks Are Now Appearing

Above are the pictures of Jim's bigger fish that he caught today.
The water has dropped to 286 c.f.s.
The fish are spooky!!
"Pitter" came on strong at the end of the day, landing 4 of the last 6 fish.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Water Level Is Dropping

The above are John's larger than average catches for the day.
They were caught on the usual yellow stone fly and 2-bit hooker.
The river is running 405 c.f.s. and dropping.
The fish are misplaced and displaced, but the experienced fisherman
still landed over 40 fish today.
Chris always has that million dollar smile on his face
when he lands a rainbow.
We floated into a huge blue winged olive hatch.
Chris caught this on a size 20 chocolate midge
(recommended by Stefan from the fly shop).

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Successful Day In the WIND!

This was John's second float trip. He liked it!!
This rainbow was caught on a yellow stone fly.
Thom was smiling when he caught this 17" brown on a psycho stone fly.
Today the wind blew upstream, downstream, and sideways. It made mending
a challenge.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Down River Float

It was a cold morning but Chris landed many fish on a 2-bit hooker,
psycho pheasant tail, and a yellow stone fly.
Jim landed this hefty rainbow on a golden stone fly.
This young ram (in the middle) was hanging out with his 2 lady friends.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Today Is My First Guide Trip for 2011

The temperature was 29 degrees when we started this morning.
Anne landed this rainbow on a golden stone fly.
Tim used the 2-bit hooker most of the day. It worked!
Anne was happy catching quite a few nice sized fish.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 3 of My Guided Trips

What can I say??
My guide knew just where the big fish were hanging out
and he had tied the right kind of flies.
The Fish Spotter examining one of the many fish I caught today.
The Fish Spotter getting a hug from her daddy.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Another Beautiful Day On The River

I don't know why I'm not smiling because I got to fish ALL day!
A slow start to the catching, but once the sun was on the water
and the temp. warmed up, I caught some nice fish.
This rainbow took a hot-wire prince.
Several of the rainbows took the 2-bit hooker.
Oh yea!!!!
There is still some ice along the river--remnants of winter.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Windy Day on the Arkansas

Caught a few nice fish today.
Had to go to the fly box to find some different patterns today.
They were picky.
This one took the red 2-bit hooker.
This was the only rainbow we caught today.
We were fighting a strong tail wind---wait a minute--no--
it was a strong head wind--wait a minute------

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stone Bridge to Salida East Float

Lucas landed this brown on a caddis pupa.
While fighting a downstream wind, this rainbow was fooled with a yellow stone fly.
This rainbow is in spawning colors.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The First Float of 2011 Season

The Fish Spotter was ready to go fishing.
Darlene fished today. Larry was "practicing" his rowing techniques.
Guess what?? He hasn't forgotten where the fish live!!
I was removing a fly from The Fish Spotter's life vest.
This brown took the hot-wire prince.
This beauty took Larry's famous GW Special.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Quick Trip to the River

This hot-wire prince was very effective today.
As usual, the red 2-bit hooker caught many fish.
Nice rainbow. The Fish Spotter approved.