Monday, August 1, 2011

Bear Creek July 31st with Graham Moran

It has been a while since I got to spend some time on the river chasing trout. I had a couple outings after work trying to catch some warm water fish (crappies, bass, etc.) but unfortunately the ponds close to home were fishing rather difficult. The only memorable moment was when a big fish grabbed a 3" largemouth bass struggling at the end of my line. I never saw the big guy though but the bend in my Iwana 12' was impressive.

Back to trout fishing: I was able to head back to Bear Creek on Sunday July 31st. Flows have come back to normal from when the river was blown out by daily thunderstorm precipitation on the Front Range. I posted that I would go early Sunday morning for a few hours on Facebook's Colorado Tenkara Anglers and sure enough, Graham, our new guest blogger, took the bait.

Graham Moran, Tenkara on the Fly's new guest blogger
The fishing was tough, there was insect activity (mostly caddis) but barely any surface activity. Knowing that at this flow fish would be looking up, we both decided to start with dries. Graham later switched to a RS2 only to switch back to a dry again. I tied on a foam body and Elk wing Yellow Sally but realized that it was too big, so I changed to a size 16 yellow CDC & Elk but still, the action was fairly slow. Only after I tied on a size 16 CDC & Elk on a emerger hook (TMC 2488) things started to pick-up a bit.

Emerging CDC & Elk

Foam Elk Yellow Sally

First trout of the day
We were able to entice quite a few fish to rise & splash but we were able to hook only a few, compared to previous trips on Bear Creek. However, I am glad to report that Graham was able to hook and land the fish of the day; a beatiful brown trout. Turns out he can safely catch & release both trees and trout. Between the two of us, we landed 8 brown trout.

someone is very happy!

Come on, show off that monster!
We called it a day around noon since both of us had other "real life" responsibilities to tend to.

River Notes:
8.00pm to 12.00pm noon
Flow: around 40cfs, slightly off-color
Weather: sunny, light wind, 70F - 88F


  1. Hey guys, glad to hear I wasn't the only one that had a slow day on Bear Creek that day!

    I gave up after about 90 minutes because of the heat and lack of rises. The few fish I saw were nymphing and didn't want to go that route. Better to get back to the wife and do something civilized (wife street cred).

    Though, I should say it was not crowded at all even though I got there late.

  2. Jason - it was tough but we could definitively entice more fish the closer we moved to the canyon.

    Brk Trt - thanks, that is high praise coming from you!