Thursday, March 29, 2012

Range Bubbles Up...Green River Water Battles On

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By Troy Hooper
Real Vail – March 29, 2012

A plan to divert water from Wyoming's Flaming Gorge to Colorado's Front Range is back on the table. Colorado entrepreneur Aaron Million late last week filed a new application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which last month deemed the proposal premature and short on specifics.

Million's company, Wyco Power and Water Inc., is requesting a rehearing and clarification for the basis of FERC's dismissal. In paperwork filed Friday (pdf), Wyco argues the order is inconsistent and that it establishes precedents detrimental to future development of hydroelectric facilities in the United States. The Green River passing through The Gates of Lodore in northwestern Colorado.
Jim Wark/Airphoto

"Wyco contends that it will be counterproductive and cost-prohibitive to secure all necessary permits and authorizations to construct the pipeline without confirming the locations of the associated hydroelectric facilities," the filing says.

Critics say the pipeline would drain 81 billion gallons of water each year from the Green River, a tributary of the already stressed Colorado River, and the state of Colorado projects the pipeline could cost as much as $9 billion to build. The Colorado River Water Conservation District, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, county and local governments in southwestern Wyoming and a multitude of conservation groups are opposing the potential pipeline that Million claims is needed for Colorado to meet its rising demand for water.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Rainbow Fishing at It's Finest!

Warm Weather Fishing In The Rockies is Upon Us

It's 70' in Denver and Summer is no where in site what to do next? Head to the hills and chase some Spring rainbows on the move.'s going to be 60' down there as well, even better I just hope the crowds aren't out yet.

Springtime in the Rockies is about skiing or in this case since winter was so short lived, more time to get out on the water again. Another great trip despite the drive and glad to see Dave get into some huge trout.

Cold mornings didn't help your fingers much with 15' weather but by mid day the temps warmed up and so did the fishing. Bring a big net and warm clothes to make this an enjoyable day out.

I make the trek here every year and if never disappoints. Warm temps made this an even better trip and the fish definitely treated is well even if we did loose some really big ones.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Time Fishing on The Big Thompson River Near Estes Park

Estes Park Fishing in March

I was lucky to have a buddy of mine come into town for work and if given a chance, a little fishing. After consuming a couple of drinks a few nights before, it was set, the boys were out for a day of fishing come Saturday morning.

While most are still hitting I70 traffic to ski some weekends, we decided to stay far away from ski traffic and head north. The Big Thompson was our destination of choice and we couldn't have aksed for a better day.

Gorgeous rainbow trout were caught and few crowds were on the water which made things all the better. Love those colors!

This was the bridge trout, after countless attempts by Rob and Dave to catch luck. Troutdawg stepped and and landed her on my 2nd cast. Small but a trophy for me that day!

Little spot down the road near Drake that had plenty of honey holes and pretty backdrops to keep you marveling at how pretty of a place this canyon really is. Rob and Todd picking some spots to cast to.

Dave enjoying a sweet stretch of water to finish of the morning before we ate an incredible creekside lunch provided to us by Rob. Can't remember the last time I had such a good meal with every entree, beer, appetizer and desert you could ask for. Great time out!

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Carp Fishing in The Winter or Spring, it's All Good!

Winter Carp on The South Platte
Winter FFA Carp Link

With all of this warm weather lately there's one thing on everyone's mind....Carp on the Platte! Yes this is a picture from a Carp taken in between snowfalls, no not this year (still waiting to get me one in 2012) but this was taken February 2011 in between snowstorms. 2011 was a fantastic Carp year for me and now with 2012 in my sights, this could be an even better year.

What is it about this weather lately that has gotten everyone all amped up about chasing Golden, is it the fact that no one wants to fight all of that ski traffic on I70, or is it the fact that Carp are slowly becoming one of the top targeted species on Colorado to chase now?

I will let you decide whether it's for you or not....if your idea of fishing close to home on a bright sunny day without crowds, gas money or slow biting trout than Winter carp fishing may be for you!

Fly Fish Addiction Winter Carp Link

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Doc Of The Drakes Fishing Video

Back by popular demand and a very touching Fly Fishing video that will keep you on your toes till the end. Thanks to our friends at Silver Creek Outfitters for this video and great fishing films.

What does fly fishing mean to you, and why? What makes a day on the water waving long skinny strands of graphite rewarding? How many fish do you need in the net to call the day a success? 
Dr. Robert Franklin knows the answers to these questions, as fly fishing had changed his perspective on life. “The Doc” credits close friend and companion Pete Wood of Silver Creek Outfitters with helping him find those answers.
Via This is Fly Daily

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Winter Fly Fishing Crested Butte, How Cold is Too Cold?

Wintertime Fishing Season Down South, Bring The Gloves

It's 3:30am and I have one thing in mind, it's time to hit the road and head to the Gunnison Valley for some fishing. With my winter filled with way too many fishless weekends, it was time to make up for lost time.

Crested Butte is a killer place to visit whether you make it here in the Winter season or in the Summer. I would highly recommend that if you make it here in the Winter, one needs to bring a bunch of clothes. Cold weather is just part of the experience and if you can't stand the cold, freezing toes, numb fingers and fishless days....this aint for you!

Yes that is a correct reading, that does say -7' temp on this lovely Saturday out on the water. Cold doesn't so anything for me but frostbit fingers are enough to change my perception. 30mph winds also didn't help today but I did manage to catch some nice fish.

Regardless of how you do out on the water, Crested Butte is the perfect place to spend some time in. Hardcore skiers call this place home, fly fishers enjoy fishing where the rivers aren't frozen and local brew pubs are filled to capacity come ski weekends!

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Fly Fishing Online Magazines, Lot's To Choose From These Day's

This Thread is for you, the dedicateed fly fisherman who spends either 100 days on the water a year or to the fisherman who may only get to spend 10 days a year. These great sites recap incredible images, fishing locations and trips that we all wish to take!

Sit back, relax and enjoy some impressive Magazine articles without having to run to your local Barnes and Noble to see what's out this month in fly fishing.

Catch Magazine
Brian O'Keefe and Todd Moen's Catch Magazine is truly the best! It is said that a picture captures a thousand words, which is the reason, perhaps that after experiencing Catch Magazine, you are left speechless. It takes you to locations all around the world where you will experience the virtual thrill of fly fishing in beautiful color photographs, slide shows and videos.

BloodKnot Magazine

Bloodknot is slowly becoming one of the best online publications out there. Yes I may be a little biased since I have written from them, but next to Catch magazine, this is pretty hard to beat in all aspects of fly fishing. Personally one of my favorites.

This is Fly Magazine
This a weekly read by me and a site that not only had the best of the best in fly fishing from cool pictures, Industry videos or what's new. Check these guys out!

Southern Culture on The Fly
Bringing out some of the best fishing in the South is S.C.O.F with another fantastic issue. They are back again with not only impressive fishing, but a new look as to online fly fishing magazines.

Montana Fly Fishing

You know there can't be a fly fishing magazine without including Montana Fly Fishing. What other state do we all wish not only visit each year but to fish in. To a look at Montana and see what you think, you won't be disappointed.

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