Thursday, May 15, 2014

Birthday Tenkara

I think I am getting wiser the older I get. I finally realized that I probably shouldn't work on my birthday and instead take the day off and go fishing. Life is too short to let such a opportunity go unused.

We have had some really odd weather around here lately. Spring has been slow to come and I measured this last Monday 10" of new wet sloppy SNOW in my backyard. Needless to say all of it was gone Wednesday. 

Again, I kept scratching my head where to fish. The South Platte around Deckers dropped flows down to 200cfs but I really didn't feel like fishing the "big" river. Bear Creek was too high and probably muddy from last night's rain. Clear Creek - forget it, it's in run-off mode. South Boulder Creek looked great, about 80cfs. Of course, halfway through the day the boys at the dam opened the valves to 101cfs... 

Got there around 9am (hey, I am not getting out of bed at 5am on my birthday!), first car in the parking lot (yeah!) got ready and hiked down to the river. Flows looked good, water was pretty clear. This time I hiked in for a while, about 1.6 miles as per my phones GPS. It was pretty hard to walk by all that great looking water but my plan is to hike-in and fish-out. 

Fishing started out pretty slow, but once it warmed-up a bit things changed. Not a big number fish day but they kept me entertained throughout the day. After lunch-time I started bumping into other anglers, more showed-up the closer I got to trail that leads out of the canyon. Glad I got here early; I was surprised how many folks were out fishing on a week-day. Don't they have to work???

Enjoy the pics!



















11 comments:

  1. Glad you had a good day Karel. And happy birthday!

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  2. Looks like it was a great day! And I agree with Jason, Happy Birthday!!!

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  3. Dennis Vander HouwenMay 16, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Looks like a great day to me. Happy birthday.

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  4. Happy birthday my friend. The pictures are great of local waters and fish. Fun way to spend a special day. A very wise person just yesterday reminded me of how important it is to live each day to it's fullest and give your mind and body a vacation away from the every day tribulations of life. Glad you got the message as well.

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    1. Thanks Howard. Each day is a gift. By the way my offer to take you tenkara fishing still stands!

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  5. Fishing on your birthday.... It doesn't get any better! Hope you guys are done with snow out there and can finally get on with spring.

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    1. Thanks Chris. Weather has been crazy here. As I type this I am sitting in a tornado shelter...

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  6. Happy birthday Man! Nothing beats fishing with beer on a birthday! Wish I have a freetime on my day to do that too!

    Phil

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