Thursday, May 26, 2011

Front Range Denver Warmwater Grand Slam Day!

All In A Days Work

Okay so I got a Denver area Warmwater Grand Slam depending on who you ask! All but a Walleye I suppose. A few weeks ago I set out one Tuesday morning to catch a few Pike before work. After having success with a few fish, the ball kept rolling and I was a little late to say the least!

Started the morning off fishing with Jake and Nick, they both got into some nice Pike but both had to leave for work so I stayed a bit longer.

With a few decent Pike I moved over to another local pond close by to see what else I could catch on a fly. 1st a Crappie, than a bluegill and finally a Bass! After this I thought how interesting it might be if I caught a few more seeing how catching Pike doesn't happen everyday and to catch a few species, -including a Carp, could become a true challenge.

Mammoth Largemouth Bass

After heading into work for a few hours I had to get back out to my honey hole to see if I could keep this challenge alive. Luckily after 30 minutes I found a few feeders, had a Golden Bone landed and with a little time to spare between clients, I was off to Golden to finish up with a Trout on Clear Creek!

I drove up the canyon to another little hotspot I take people to and within 15 minutes I finished my day with a Front Range area Grand 1st! Better yet I spent I think maybe 4 hours total, who knows what would have happened and what I could have kept catching if I would have had a full day!

Both Walleye & Catfish escaped me, than again I wasn't really planning on trying to catch them on a fly nor do I want to normally. Due to the fact that most people don't target these and one rarely has a chance to catch on a fly I'll let these pass for now.

Species Caught today:
Largemouth Bass (might have gone for smally's but was early in the season)
Common Carp
Brown Trout

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e.m.b. said...

Holy dang!
Congrats! :)

Troutdawg said...

Thanks, not sure when that will happen again!

e.m.b. said...

The pike itself is really impressive. Was that at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal? I was there a bit earlier this spring and there was hardly any activity, saw only a few fish. Maybe it was too early....will have to try back!

Troutdawg said...

This was another little place south of Denver, it has a few nice fish to catch but it can be tough. The Arsenal can be good but way too crowded for me. Can't wait to find more Pike again soon

Fishguy said...

Nice going TDawg!! Just to catch one of those is a nice day but all odf those and especially a Pike & Carp, impressive my friend.

Sanders said...

that might be the best excuse ever for missing a little bit of work...well played sir!

Troutdawg said...

@Fish guy-thanks and the fish gods were good to me that day, needless to say I've been out frequently getting skunked by both Carp and Pike so this was a good day indeed!

@Sanders-I couldn't have asked for a better day to miss a little bit of work..I may have to try it again sometime thanks

Stephanie and Dustin said...

That is one helluva 4 hours. Impressive.


Troutdawg said...

Thanks and doubt that will be repeated again whether I had an entire day or in most cases in entire weekend to do

McTage said...

Nice TD. That aint easy period but it is especially tough on the front range.

Anonymous said...

That was one heck of a carp! Good work!

Troutdawg said...

McTage thanks, yes indeed it's never an easy thing. I've spent, as you probably have, many times trying to get a bite let alone land one so this was a treat for me, thanks!

Troutdawg said...


Thanks man, a sweet carp and one heckuva fighter! Lucky to have gotten her in

Trout Magee said...

Now that is my kind of day. Skipping work to fish. Always a great decision. Congrats on great day on the water. I really dig that Pike picture on top.

Troutdawg said...

Skipping work to fish is always a good thing! Thanks and glad you liked the Pike Pic..

Bob Volpe said...

Great stuff. Nice to get into some fish other than trout every once in a while.

Troutdawg said...

Bob thanks and I always enjoy chasing other species, nothing like testing ones skills against other fish and especially now that runoff is here!