While the intention for this trip was to fish a stream together that Chris hasn't fished for decades (I will not disclose how many decades...), we also had another Tenkara Angler join us, Brian Flemming of Learn Tenkara, who has been working on shooting a feature-length documentary on the introduction of Tenkara to the US. Brian fished only very little that day, but the few casts he managed to squeeze-in yielded a first for him, a Colorado native Greenback Cutthroat. Most of the time, Brian was kind enough to be content with taking pictures and video footage of Chris and I fishing and talking shop about Tenkara.
|Chris approaching a difficult spot by using a boulder mid-stream to hide. The spot he is targeting is on the far side, to the left of the rock in the upper right corner.|
|Success! Chris hooked a trout, now how the difficult part, landing it.|
Some of the beautiful bounty of the day:
|Brook Trout- an non-native (some would say invasive) species of RMNP|
|This one might be a hybrid - love the spots!|
|Chunkster of Greenback Cutthroat|
|Picture book markings on this Greenback Cutthroat|
During lunch, we had a feathered visitor. I wonder what flies you could tie?
As much as I like fishing alone, fishing with like-minded friends is always a special occasion and treat.
And since we busted two rods during this trip, I will be including a "Lessons Learned":
- don't hike with a collapsed rod fully rigged with EZ Keepers in your backpack or similar if the the top sticks out
- try to always fully collapse the rod, even if it s a bit stuck (use Tenkarabum's Tip-Grip if nothing else works)