I find almost any kind of fly fishing photos interesting. From photos of fly fishing streams to fly fishermen holding their trophy fish, to photos of fly fishing equipment, it is all fascinating. (Click the Thumbnails for an enlarged picture.)
A nice 12 to 14 inch rainbow from the Bear Creek Bar Pool in June 2004
This is a 2 nymph rig I use a lot. A #16 bead-head flash-back gold ribbed hares ear on the top and a #18 silver ribbed RS2 on the bottom. Leader base is a 9 ft. Rio to 4X then a foot of 5X leader material. At this point I tie on the top fly. Then tie 18 inches of 6X or 7X leader material to the hook eye and tie on the dropper fly. (A lot of fly fishers tie the dropper to the hook bend of the top fly but I find the fish don’t seem to care. They hit the top fly even though it hangs there on the two leader pieces.) This is a 2 nymph rig I use a lot. A #16 bead-head flash-back gold ribbed hares ear on the top and a #18 silver ribbed RS2 on the bottom. Leader base is a 9 ft. Rio to 4X then a foot of 5X leader material. At this point I tie on the top fly. Then tie 18 inches of 6X or 7X leader material to the hook eye and tie on the dropper fly. (A lot of fly fishers tie the dropper to the hook bend of the top fly but I find the fish don’t seem to care. They hit the top fly even though it hangs there on the two leader pieces.)
Leather Wading Shoes from 1971. This is the first pair of wading shoes I ever owned when switching from boot feet waders to stocking feet waders and wading shoes.
These are my latest wading shoes made by the “Korkers” company. Shown is the “Omni-sole” system. The soles are glued to a plastic piece that fits into a retainer ring on the sole of the shoe. Soles starting between the shoes are felt with spikes, then plain felt and finally rubber lug soles for hiking into your favorite stream or lake. These are light years away from the 1971 leather boots above.
This is a nice 13 inch brown from Browns Run on Bear Creek summer 2004. (Browns Run is one of my favorite pools on Bear Creek.) Although this fall I have caught mostly rainbows out of this pool. (Browns have been upstream spawning)
Battling a big rainbow
24 inch 4 lb rainbow north fork ranch 4/30/05
28 inch 8 lb. rainbow North Fork Ranch 2005. Biggest fish I have ever landed.
Dream Stream Brown caught by fishing friend Larry 11-19-05 on a Grey-Gold Zonker.
Dream Stream Colorado Rainbow caught 11-19-05
South Platte 20″ Rainbow caught on red San Juan worm by Larry near Deckers, CO about 12/31/05. Larry said that he caught a 18″ and a 17″ rainbow and many smaller bows and browns. Browns on a bead head pheasant tail.
10 year old girl with her first trout on South Platte near Deckers, CO on 4/16/05. Here is the neat part. She built the fly rod that she used to catch this fine brown. Her father was just teaching her nymphing and dead drifting. (Now all you guys out there. If a 10 year old can build a rod and catch fish this size, why can’t you do the same? I also saw the fly rod she built and it was a beauty. Editor)
“Bones” with a San Juan rainbow 2004. “Bones” was nicknamed for his love of pork spareribs. Ah for the days when he would bring a batch to the Alpine Angler in Aurora to share with Bill the owner and whoever else was tying flies or working on a rod after hours.
Fishing Friend Larry with a 22″ Rainbow. Caught on a #18 Silver Bead-Head Black Beauty above the bridge at Deckers, CO on 3/25/06
Close up of 22″ rainbow caught on South Plate River 3/25/06 above bridge at Deckers, CO on #18 silver bead-head black beauty
This is a really nice 20 inch brown from the South Platte River Bridge Pool in 2001. A year before the disastrous Hayman Fire. (largest forest fire in Colorado history — approximate 135,000 acres) This fire denuded the ground cover and trees along much of the gold medal waters near Deckers, CO.
Buttercups along Bear Creek June 2004. One of the side benefits of fly fishing.
This a close up of my 8 pound rainbow caught 4/30/05. Notice the white spot by the top dorsal fin and on the head above the eye. On the back side of the fish a spot of quarter sized skin was missing down to the red meat. Greg said he thought an Osprey or a Heron had gotten hold of this fish. I thought a young eagle was another possibility Greg took some time reviving this beauty before she swam off to hide.
20″ Blue River Cutthroat caught on an orange San Juan Worm Larry’s Catch of the Day 4/5/06