Last creek day of the season! Well, I might run up again for a mountain fix, but it was pretty chilly and it seems like we’re in store for an early winter. I went up with my buddy Mark Garcia and his friend Jonathan from NC. Jonathan hasn’t done much fly fishing so I sent Mark off on his own and Jonathan and I stuck together and tromped around. Like so many of the people I get to meet and fish with, Jonathan was really cool and we hit it off. Talking, telling stories and laughing, all while walking up a beautiful mountain creek chasing trout is one of the things that makes my job so enjoyable. We ended up catching some fish, having a great time together, eating a delicious lunch from my favorite bakery, and generally just had a special day in the mountains.
Paul had just returned from a slew of overseas traveling and gave me a call to get on the water. We decided a creek day was just what he needed and I picked him up for a drive into the mountains. The flows were perfect and the Animas was the prettiest color green you can imagine. Normally I hit this stretch on the way out, but it just looked too good to pass up. We spent the whole day picking up brookies and cutthroat on a little beetle pattern. Every pocket had a hungry fish eager to rise to the dry. I think the trout know winter is right around the corner, and are fattening up for their long snowy break.
First creek day of the year! The high country is so packed with snow it’s unbelievable. I’ve never seen snow like this before. One of the creeks we fish is almost entirely covered with avalanche slide paths and one cabin at the bottom of the valley was completely destroyed. The flows are still a little high but we were able to find fish in soft pockets behind rocks and close to the banks. We had a great group lunch of BBQ chicken near the creek and everyone was excited to get a little more fishing in before heading back to town. The highlight of the day was seeing two bull moose in the creek about 80 yards from where were fishing!