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Old 10-06-2008, 03:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I fish the South Platte in Waterton Canyon often. However, I am curious if others have had any luck lately (fly fishing). The past several weeks I have caught a few small Browns using a small beadhead PT. And, I caught a couple of Rainbows (10-12in) on a San Juan Worm and a Wolly Bugger. Today - I saw several nice Rainbows (18-20in) working the riffles flowing out of a pool. But, they wouldn't take anything I drifted in front of them. Driving me crazy.
I typically fish above the Marston Dam all the way to the Strontia Dam. Any help on what the Bows and Browns are biting on would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A friend of mine road his bike up the Canyon on Saturday. He said he caught a 18" bow but I don't have details of where or what he was using.

They're in there - keep at it
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This time of year, my guess is they were eating bwos. Did you try any of those patterns? Pheasant tails usually work for bwos, but some of the other flies are absolutely killer (and more accurate looking IMO), like barrs bwo for instance

Did you try to "crash the hatch"? Sometimes throwing a big ugly streamer or big bushy attractor dry will induce a take.

By far I've caught more fish on bwos than anything else there, but usually it's on the surface.
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have tried some BWO dries - without any luck. I did catch a small brown on a very small trico pattern. The smallest BWO dry I have is #18. I know this time of year and continuing into the winter - smaller is typically better. I was thinking of trying some #20 and #22 BWOs.
I know the "chase" is a lot of the fun. But when I can see those really nice size Bows feeding in the water - I'd like to experience the "catch." I'll be fishing this week during the noon hours. If I find the right "combo", I'll pass it along for others to enjoy the thrill of the catch.
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My best days there have been with RS2s by the bridge. Never caught an 18 in. though, keep pounding it.... Good luck.
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