Monday, June 28, 2010

Colorado Gill Lice Found...It's Here and It's Not Good. Lice Found on The Blue River

Trout Parasites in Colorado

Fishing some of Colorado's Top trout waters this Spring gave me a huge wake up call. Was it the cold weather we encountered most weekends in Summit/Grand county?..nope, was it the annoying crowd factor that covers most fisheries in the state in the Springtime?...not a chance, was it the lack of finding big trout to catch, not even close.

We encountered a few too many fish that became the latest victim in this already tough trout battle we fight to keep them healthy each year. Gill lice was the culprit and to see a few of our prized trout having the life sucked out of them over time is a blow never easy to accept. Whether it's the Blue River where these were found or past locations that you've heard about over the years, the future of our waters is yet to be figured out. Mud snails are just the beginning, many new breeds of parasites will be here shortly unfortunately, it's just a matter of time before treatments can be apllied to and more money is spent on cures.

Information I received from many of the back-n-forth emails with Colorado's Top Fisheries Biologist Pete Walker this Spring. Pete is listed as:
"Senior Fish Pathologist Colorado DNR - Division of Wildlife- -Aquatic Animal Health Program"

Our most serious discovery of the past year was the finding of a new but apparently expanding population of rusty crayfish, Orconectes rusticus, in Catamount Lake and the stretch of the Yampa River for a couple of miles directly below the lake’s outlet. This may well prove especially damaging to the system from an endangered species recovery standpoint. The crayfish species is a dominating one and especially omnivorous with an appetite for rooted aquatic vegetation.

You are probably aware of our findings of zebra and quagga mussel larvae in 8 lakes on both sides of the Divide. It remains to be seen whether or not any of these introductions will “take.”
I personally found two sloughs here in Morgan County invaded by mosquitofern, Azolla sp. Elsewhere we have Eurasian watermilfoil, purple loosestrife, and Dydimosphenia geminata, the rogue diatom also known as “rock snot.”

Who knew that New Zealand mudsnails were only the dress rehearsal for what was to come!


Where do we go from here? Good question, information is key whether from knowing what parasites are affecting your local trout streams, what local fisheries are doing to protect or what you can do on a local level to help prevent any further outbreaks when out fishing.

A special thanks also goes out to others that helped me research this matter and other issues regarding the Blue River the last few months.
christine hanson-FWS Gov; Tom Remington State of Colorado; Greg Gerlich-State of Colorado; chris myrick-Colorado State Univ; Carolyn Gunn-State of Colorado; Jeff.VerSteeg-State of Colorado, Dave Stout BLM, Susie BLM offices Kremmlimg.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Roosterfish on The Fly! Are You Running Down The Man?

A Classic that never gets old!

Our pal Frank Smethurst it seems is never too far from the water. Whether his days are busy shooting incredible fly fishing videos, on tour with Trout Unlimited's show "On The Rise" or fishing his home waters of Colorado, one thing is for certain....this guy knows how to catch fish! Chasing Roosters is something I love to do but never find enough time to get back for more, whether in Costa Rica or the motherland of Baja, this clip should definitely inspire me to run down the Rooster.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a classic from a few years ago!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Top New Fly Fishing Tips, Websites, Knots, Fishing Reports, Blogs, Flies, Big Trout Pictures and Tips!

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Denver Area Carp Slam Tournament! Denver Trout Unlimited Benefiting The South Platter River

Denver Trout Unlimited's Annual Carp Tourney...It's Back!

This is a great event every year and glad to talk more about what the boys have planned for the Slam this year. I can still remember back when I was the Activities Chair for the Denver TU many moon years ago helping to start this with the boys. Tim "Fishman" Emery still get's the ball rolling each year and does one incredible job to promote this every year. Man has it grown into a Success thanks to him and efforts of some friends at TU each year, sorry I'll be out of town this year chasing Yellowstone Cutthroats in Montana and covering many of Yellowstones tops waters, so not able to help out or enter this year! I'm going to miss the antics from our Pal Barry Reynolds again as well as
many of my other DTU and Caro friends.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

FFA Fly Fishing Site Of The Month..Guide House Guide Pics!

More Great Fly Fishing Photography

I received and email recently from Francois Botha at Guide House Guide Pics. Talk about some outstanding pictures and incredible trips to read about. If you haven't checked them out, do it!

Francois and the guys definitely make the rounds across the planet and from the looks of it, they're not slowing down anytime soon.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rocky Mountain Runoff Is Here, Whatcha Gonna Do?

Waters Raging What Next?

It's that time of year again we all dread, hot temperatures, mudslides, fewer hatches and that raging whitewater on most rivers in this area. Do we dread it or just simply learn to adapt?

While snowpack in the Rockies plays a vital role that helps to ensure water capacity for months to follow, it's something we all learn to adapt to. How do we do that you ask? I remember talking with Kelly Galloup a few months ago and chatting about fishing various river tractics, streamer fishing mostly -my Fav, and what most people do when the water runs high? His response was get back out on the water! Now most rivers and especially most fisherman, are at quite a disadvantage this time of year, a few steps can make this a fun time chasing trout. On the Madison he told me stories of big fish during this time hugging the edges during this time, though I can agree to a certain extent, I may have to pass unless I just have to fish the rivers and get my game on again throwing Bitch creeks or huge flashy streamers. If you do make sure the water isn't too high, we want you to be safe when targeting those biggies. Checkout runoffs favorite flies to use and tips.

I personally recomend checking your local stream reports before hitting out to see how far along the river is during runofff and your options. My ticket would be to head straight to the lakes for some fun throwing Chironomids, Damsels, seal buggers or relaxing at one of my favorite Stillwater haunts!


Colorado's season is in full force now and whether you get out to a few lakes like me, get out to Kayak/Raft a few Class V's -my favorite pastime of 10 yrs before my fly fishing addiction, be safe out there while walking/playing in rivers this time of year.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Summer Carp on a Fly! Colorado Carp Fishing at It's Finest

Summer Carp Fishing, It's Addicting!

So you keep hearing about fisherman in your area going after Carp and asking yourself, What's all this fuss about? If you don't know, if you haven't tried it or better yet, if you have not experienced this new "Art of Fly fishing" you better jump on board! While I've been targeting these Golden Bones for the past 5 years, attempted a decade or so ago but to no avail it seems to be catching on slowly but surely.

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What is it about Carp fishing on a fly that makes this new targeted species so appealing? That's a question to be answered only by those who have the patience, integrity, Saltwater skills needed and a best buddy who will tag along to land them for you in case your keen senses of slime are not present.

To catch a Carp on a fly is an experience that will change you without a doubt. For most of the people I've taken out and given them this newfound experience, it's brought out a few dozen calls now when the Carp bite begins each season. Once you've tried it and maybe if lucky enough after a few times out to hook one, it literally hooks you!

For great Carp tips and experiences chasing some Goldens, checkout our friend's at This River is Wild, Roughfisher and the Carp on a Fly Blog

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Chad on a nice day out with me fishing and getting a nice one a few weeks back. I've been fortunate to have some sweet spots close to where I live and I can almost time it each week when the perfect time is to head out for some fun. I got lucky one day recently and landed 4 in 3 hours, not too bad but considering 1 broke me off, 4 were also on that got off and I pulled it from another 7, that was a pretty epic day for me! In the last few weeks, all in all roughly 10 landed, 20 something on/off, 4 break offs and I pulled it from about 50...I keep going back for more each week!

What are the best times to go and Tips? Link

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You never know what you might catch in some of Colorado's nutrient "Ha" rich warmwater. Though I focus on Rivers a ton, lakes can also be highly productive for Carp. I've caught bass, walleye, catfish and a few fish I'm still not sure what they are to this day when out chasing Goldens.
Do you have the proper Carp flies, if not check these out


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Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer Stillwater Fishing Trip! One of Many To Come

Stillwater Fishing Colorado

I'm a Stillwater nut and when I can escape to a few favorite Lakes, I'm there every weekend if possible. Some fun times fishing a few Colorado lakes recently, sweet night time action, 15 hookups one afternoon and camping right on the water, what more could you ask for!

Great day out at one of my favorite Stillwater haunts

nice trout
Many fat Rianbows and Snake River Cutts were the target of my weekend

Fishing Colorado's Stillwater, Tips locations and more

Stillwater Summer fishing means you never know what to expect, crazy winds, few crowds and great fishing if you're lucky enough. Chironomids, Damsels and Callibaetis is the way to go, so stock up before heading out on the lake!

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stillwater Fishing..It's Started, Have You! Tips, Places, Hatches and More

Stillwater Season is Upon Us

Many of my fishing Pals know that when these two things happen, Troutdawg will be no where else but on the Lakes. When the rivers turn milky and runoff begins as well as when my Chironomids begin, I'm always hitting the lakes. Oh yeah, Fall time is the right time also for me to be found throwing Callibaetis/Chirono's or streamers on some big cutty's.

Whether it's fly fishing Stillwater at night or trying to figure out all the top patterns from all the best Stillwater experts and their flies, can you truly ever learn enough about Stillwater? Some of my favorite waters include Antero Reservoir (when the crowds aren't hatching), Spinney, Delaney Buttes , anything in South Park or Pyramid Lake in Nevada. There's also one of everyone's favorite if you make the drive to Montana-I am in August, that's Ennis Lake! Between Hebgen Lake and Quake are both great fisheries but so are a few of these Gems in Montana.

Being buddies with Experts like Brian Yamauchi and Rick Takahashi means there's always plenty to learn from these guys and the knowledge they possess is amazing when it comes to Midges and Stillwater fishing. Denny Rickards also had been helpful to me in picking up tricks of the trade in Stillwater, one thing that's for certain though is that it takes years and years of time on the water to get the job done. Do your homework and don't be afraid to ask the experts what's going on!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill Hits 50 days!! What Next

BP CEO Tony Hayward: “I’d like my life back

The millionaire CEO of foreign oil giant British Petroleum, Tony Hayward, is upset at the inconvenience caused to him by his company’s devastation of the Gulf of Mexico. In this TP excerpt, Brad Johnson has the stunning video of the tone-deaf ‘apology’ from the leader of the company whose recklessness and hubris has already claimed 11 lives and spewed 20 to 100 million gallons of toxic oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

On Sunday, immediately after apologizing, Hayward then complained about the effect of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on his personal life, saying “I would like my life back“

We’re sorry for the massive disruption it’s caused their lives. There’s no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back.


Clean The Birds or Kill Them
Sad theory and unethical comments from a few scientist currently
(not something I believe in at all and though a harsh reality many may die, we did this so we owe it to them)

Today's numbers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other groups involved in the cleanup show that 413 oiled birds have been collected alive, and 594 dead birds have been picked up. Of all those birds, only 39 have been released back into the wild.


Probe Launched Into Criminal Charges Against BP

The U.S. has launched criminal and civil investigations into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill—the latest move by the Obama administration to show it is taking aggressive action amid bipartisan criticism of its response to the disasters.

"We have what we think is a sufficient basis for us to have begun a criminal investigation," said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday after meeting in New Orleans with state attorneys general and federal prosecutors from the region. Mr. Holder noted that 11 people died in the April 20 rig accident that precipitated the spills.
Spill Probe Investigation Link


BP Oil Wants YOUR Ideas and Suggestions On How To Stop The Oil Leak!
Their hotline number is (281)-366-5511.

More Idiot Remarks British Petroleum(BP) rep Randy Prescott made a comment, “Louisiana isn’t the only place that has shrimp.” His office phone number is (713)323-4093 his email is Give him a call or send an email


Psychologist: Oil Spill Worst Disaster in U.S. History


BP Disaster Worst American Oil Spill on Record
The 15,000 gallons of oil being spewed each day into the Gulf from the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil accident will impact the U.S. economy more than the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. The Gulf fishing and tourism industries produce $3.5 - $4.5 billion a year. It will cost BP $4 billion to contain and clean up the mess, and another $4-$5 billion in penalties. BP has spilled 30 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, three times the Exxon Valdez.


NEW ORLEANS – BP says the cost of the company's response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached about $1.25 billion.
The company announced the total in a news release Monday. BP says the figure does not include $360 million for a project to build six sand berms meant to protect Louisiana's wetlands from spreading oil.

Fly Fish Addiction getting a little attention on Google and the oil spill.
Yes MSNBC and CBS trails FFA in top news outlets!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Colorado Spring Wildlife Pictures

Colorado Wildlife Pictures and Some Close Calls
Most of you know I like to include a few picture on my blog from time to time. Yes, most of my pictures wouldn't be caught dead in any decent publication, thank goodness I have a blog to exploit them in! Enjoy a few pictures from this past Spring and I can't wait to see what the Summer holds for me.

Close call with a big boy...Coyotes in the Wild

Kramer playing catch me if you can with a fellow squirrel

Colorado Bison...Great to watch, not fun to be
in the same vicinity with

mule deer shot
North Park Mule Deer herd heading down to the River on
another fine Spring day

Boca girl spotting out a few trout holes for me

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Yellowstone: Battle For Life! Incredible Documentary

Yellowstone National Park..One Amazing Place!

Yellowstone National Park, one of the most dramatic places on earth as well as one of the most merciless, is put is put display for your viewing pleasure this week. If you haven't watched this incredible documentary yet, you need to. The Animals living in Yellowstone constantly fight for survival, whether through its harsh climates and artic winters, or through the larger predator food chains that exist within the park's 3,500 miles.

Yellowstone is a special place to me and one place that tops my list for places to visit and fishing destinations without a doubt. It's been close to 20 years since I've called this magical place home and with much anticipation, my trip back there in a few months will be a welcomed one.

To purchase this incredible piece, you can go to the Discovery Channel or Blu-Ray for your video
To find out more about the History of Yellowstone checkout Wikipedia,

Upcoming Shows To Watch:

6/3 7pm (Mtn Standard) Animal Planet 282 on Direct Tv
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