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Salutations, everyone!

We're heading out to Buena Vista this weekend for some fall fishing. We'll probably hit Wright's lake, Cottonwood lake, Clear Creek res, and maybe Turquoise res if the lakers are still close to shore from spawning. We're skipping Twin Lakes since we've never done well there.

One goal we do have (if Cottonwood Pass is open, anyway) is to try and fish the "Hog Pen" at Taylor res. Since we've never been there before, does anyone have some suggestions on what might be a good lure to use there, or maybe a certain fly to use under a bubble? (We don't have a boat so about 80% of our fishing is using the fly and bubble technique).

On the way back to Denver, I was thinking of hitting Clinton reservoir just below Fremont pass. Heard there's a fair population of cutthroats in there. Do cutt's prefer a completely different fly than a bow or brown?

Thanks for any input!

~Dante
 

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I fished Clinton a couple times with a fly and buuble,caught cuttys on a Adams.The better fishing was about halfway towards the inlet,but who knows.
 

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Thanks for responding, Slayer.

(For a while there, I thought I had cooties or something..)
 
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Good luck Dante-

That's an area I haven't fished much in the past few years. But the Taylor River above the reservoir can be a lot of fun, too. Decent fish there, but measured in inches, not pounds.
 

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You should try the river below the '' Hog Pen ''. We just came through there on our way elk hunting. You can have the whole river to yourself, unlike the stretch below the dam. We stopped and fished for less than an hour both times through, and caught 4-6 fish apiece. Not big fish (10''-12'' Browns) but some big ones are in there.
We also stopped and fished the resevoir, but had no luck there. I did see a few guys catching fish off of Bull Point. Looked like they were bait fishing (Power Bait?) and catching stocker sized Rainbows.
Good Luck.
 

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When I fished the Taylor River about 2 months ago it went well.  The Hog Pen was fairly crowded with the orvis dudes who looked at my stickered up subaru outback sport with snowboard rack kinda funny.  They looked even more sour when I was comfortably attired in shorts and a tee shirt pulled out my spinning rod, a small box, and went to work.  I saw nothing in the Hog Pen fishing under Mysis bridge.  A guy on the bridge said he spotted a fish for me staging in front of one of the many big rocks but I couldn't see it, and could not entice it to strike, despite tossing everything I had.  The Hog Pen at that time of year is pretty tech, with careful presentation, guys usually sight fish targeting the monsters with local MYSIS SHRIMP patterns and a few others. I don't know if a fly and bubble presentation would work.  These guys are struggling with 6x and 24's....(How the hell do you not completely work a 10+ lb trout on 6x tippet fighting for an hour????)  Any way on to the fun stuff.  I fished the many public accessable spots trying to hike to the spots right between the pullouts (hoping people are lazy) any way, had it all to myself slayed fish for the evening and the next afternoon and evening.  Several fish none less than 10" plenty of 14 to 16".  Three were over 19" but no monsters.  All the fish were tremendously strong and my guess is they have to weigh more than the average trout for their length due to the protein rich diet of Mysis Shrimp that turns them into the proverbial football. I may never fish the Hog Pen again, (maybe in Jan I dunno).  HOWEVER, THE RIVER BELOW THE PRIVATE SECTION BELOW THE HOG PEN HAS A TON OF GREAT  FISH WITH HOT ACTION AFTERNOON AND EVENING.  SORRY SO LONG BUT ITS MY FIRST POST AND I WANT YOU TO FEEL VERY CONFIDENT ABOUT KILLING IT AT THE TAYLOR BECAUSE IT REALLY IS A GREAT TAILWATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHATS UP YALL   NOW THAT I GOT A CAMERA PHONE I CAN START HOOKIN UP THE PICS!!!
 

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Oh yeah,  Check with local regs but I'm pretty sure below the Hog Pen you can drift panfish worms or crawlers/bait.  If not, Panthers (although there are plenty deep holes I caught my bigger fish of my last trip in the shallower riffles), Rapalas  (the guys spinning for lunker 10+lb'ers toss big raps in the evening-night time.  Of course tubes, and other plastics as well.  As for flies local Mysis Patterns as well as microscopic local nymph patterns fished on 6x is about mandatory in the summer.  It might get a little easier as the weather is colder and pressure is less, but in the Hog Pen the one word you will soon get tired of hearing is PRESENTATION.  Unfortunately it is key.
 

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Awesome report Atilla...I have always wondered about that section and tossing big rapalas (13's and 18's) after dark...
 

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Well, we had a great time! No monster fish but we caught fish at every place we visited.

The weather wasn't the best for fishing, but for humans it couldn't be beat.

The "Hog Pen" was just like you folks said it was... quite a few lunkers but real finicky. I had a few followers while tossing a tube jig but no takers! :mad:

Taylor Park / Cottonwood Pass is just phenomenol scenery! The deer are pretty educated, too. They were hanging out in town where it was safe. Literally hundreds of them were lounging in the flower beds and back yards of Buena Vista.


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The fog in the Arkansas Valley made Mt Princeton look like Kilaminjaro in Africa!


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My girlfriend caught a nice Mac at Turquoise Lake on a "Montera Marvel."


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Cottonwood Pass is at 12,126 ft. What a great view towards the west!

Thanks to everyone who offered tips. Hopefully, we can offer some of our own in the future. In fact, I DO have a tip to share...

If you're in Buena Vista, be careful when ordering pizza. If you do, then make sure (like I always do) you carry a roll of T.P. in your back pack! :p
 
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