Colorado Fly Fishing Conditions – Bear Creek 10/11/11

Colorado Fly Fishing Conditions – Bear Creek 10/11/11

Tuesday was one of those Indian Summer days that cried out “Fly fishing today!” The weather promised to be sunny and warm around 65 degrees at O’Fallon Park outside of Kittridge, CO. There is nothing better than Colorado Blue Sky, a warm sun, the burbling of your favorite trout stream and cooperative trout to make your soul sing.

The air temperature was 44 degrees when I arrived at O’Fallon at 8:45. As I was starting to gear up, my partner Douglas Borer of  D’Borer Hand-made Bamboo Fly Rods showed up. By the time we were geared up, the sun had come over the mountains and burned off the clouds leaving that Colorado Blue Sky that has to be experienced to understand its beauty.

We started fishing the Head Pool above Bar Pool. Doug had one strike before hanging up in the trees. After wading across the pool to retrieve flies, we moved downstream to try the MiniPool without any luck. Usually this little pool is good for at least one fish but not today. Bar Pool was not any better. I spotted one small brown at the tail of the pool but neither one of us had any strikes in Bar Pool today.

Back to O’Fallon Park at the east end of the park. Doug was working Three Rock Pool while I moved to a run just before a plunge waterfall downstream. This small run is usually good for one or two fish. Today I got a nice 7 inch brown out of the run. The opposite side run was barren of fish today.

Fishing below the plunge pool did not yield any fish either. Guess they did not like my plain gold ribbed hares ear in this area. Back upstream, I saw Doug catch and release a nice 8 – 9 inch fish. (on Bear Creek in this area these are average size fish). Doug was using a small green flashback gray midge he ties. In three rock pool, Doug caught and released 4 fish while I was fishing my way back upstream to him.

Heading back to the main parking lot we fished some of the deeper runs along the road without any luck. Fishing a pool off the main parking lot, I caught this nice 13 inch rainbow.

bear creek rainbow 10/1/11

bear creek rainbow 10/1/11

After lunch, Doug fished Old Dam Hole for a while before heading home.

Doug fishing Old Dam hole Bear Creek 10/11/11

Doug fishing Old Dam hole Bear Creek 10/11/11

 

Douglas Borer of www.dborerrods.com fishing Old Dam Hole Bear Creek 10/11/2011

Douglas Borer of www.dborerrods.com fishing Old Dam Hole Bear Creek 10/11/2011

 

Then Doug headed home. And I headed downstream to East Corwina Park. On the way out of O’Fallon, I saw one other fly fisherman. That is what I like about this time of year. Solitude, friendship and good weather.

My ususal spots in East Corwina did not yield any fish even though I could see 3 fish working in the main pool. Upstream from the bridge I did catch two small brown trout on the plain hares ear.

Time to beat the rush hour and I headed home.

Summary:
CFS – 18 to 20
Air – 44 degrees at 9 am and 65 at 3:30 pm
Water Clarity – good and clear to 3 feet unless the bottom was covered with weeds. The it turned green
Water Temp – estimated at 55 to 60 degrees in the afternoon.
Hatches: sporadic blue wings during the late morning and early afternoon. One or two large PMDs doomed to failure, a caddis or two
Flies: small gray midge with green flashback size 22, plain gold ribbed hares ear size 16

Tight lines and good fishing,

Marshall, Editor
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