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Boulder Creek, S. Boulder Creek 9/11

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Woke up early and got to fish all day. Stayed close to home and went up the canyon into Boulder Creek. Great weather, great fishing, and lots of fish caught. All browns, biggest was 13", about 15 total on panther martins, kastmasters, and elk hair caddis with the fly rod. Fished from about 7:30 until 11am, then went into town and got some lunch.

After lunch, hit S. Boulder Creek close to town and caught 12 more browns and 1 cuthroat/cutbow (couldn't tell which it was). The fish in this stream were all very small, but man, were they aggressive. Left the flyrod in the car and rigged up the bubble/fly combo at one point -- the bubble was hit repeatedly and the fly only occasionally :)

Here's a photo of the typical catch on the day:

This was just a total blast -- these fish fight like nothing I've ever seen. Everyone jumped out of the water -- one of the fish on the caddis actually hit the fly and jumped out of the water in the process. Later in the day, one of the fish in S. Boulder Creek jumped onto the shore during the fight, flipped around, hopped back in, and kept fighting... If you're into the small stream brookies, you'll feel at home with these fish -- get it in the water and you'll get bit.
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I wasn't that far up in the canyon during the morning when I was on Boulder Creek. If you drive up Canyon Rd., I parked at the first "parking lot" on your right where all the people are always climbing -- just after where the Boulder Creek path goes under Canyon and turns to dirt. There's a nice stretch of water if you walk down the steep bank right in front of the cars. The creek path continues up the canyon another mile and some and there's plenty of fishable water the whole way.

I think the fish are feeding pretty well right now -- there were bug hatches going on all morning on Boulder Creek. Water levels in South Boulder creek are down a bit now from a few weeks ago, so the fish are even more concentrated in the available water -- seemed like after I caught one or two from a pool I had to move on and come back to catch more.
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