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I went down to 11mile canyon today, I located 2 pods of rainbows probably about 25-30 fish all together just hanging out in 2 deep pools. I was throwing everything at them and they werent hitting anything. Finally I put a McGlo-Bug, Orange egg imitator to act as an attractor trailed by a Bead head nymph that I picked up at Anglers Covey before I headed up there along with about 5 other flies he said they were biting on. None had worked tell I used that combination then they started tearing up the egg and the beadhead. In all I caught 8 rainbows and my father in law caught 5 all out of the 2 pods. However the largest were about 8 inches big, the pods held alot larger fish but we couldnt get them to do anything but follow the fly for a little bit.
I'm use to fishing the Arkansas in Canon City and Pueblo this was a great change of pace!
 

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A good day it sounds like...beats mine, which i spent at work...yeah, i work now regular, unlike my past life of a little bit of work and a lot of play...woe is me, it sucks to grow up.

yeah, ive seen that problem in the past with rainbows...especially this time of the year when they school up before spawn and sometimes appear to get lockjaw. when this happens i lighten up my tippet, take off my indicator, and do like you did when ive thrown everything else at them---tie on an egg pattern with a midge trailer. i also look downstream of the rainbows, you will sometimes find the browns hanging out close by...hoping for an stray egg to drift off a redd perhaps?. i dont fish egg patterns too much, mainly because the fish sometimes take them so deeply...but i got no problem with throwing them once in awhile, because as you saw today--they work sometimes when nothing else does! sometimes streamers will get the same instinctive type response, especially later when the spawn really kicks in and the fish get more aggressive...try that if nothing else works...just dont work one area too hard if you can help it--i mean they are attempting to reproduce and all....
 

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Hehe, I have a govt job I get all the good holiday off. I also work nights so this summer I'll probably be sleeping in the afternoons and hitting up some of the local areas down here by Colorado Springs after work if things work out right.
Thanks for the advice on the browns, I cant tell what they are until I catch them and sometimes its hard for me then too, I'm colorblind so if the markings arent distinguished its hard for me. I did circle down stream a little cause those big fish in the pods were teasing me. (hehe) and spotted 2 lone fish along a rock face tucked up in there, with a big rock between me and them. I casted to them a couple 6 or 7 times but couldnt get them to bite either.
We did (my father in law) casted about 3 or 4 different streamer patterns to them, thats what we been catching them on in Canon City so we thought it might work here to but they only seemed to look at them funny, kinda like they were telling them to shove off.
I'm still learning this fly fishing stuff, and my father in law has been doing it about for a while but still has no clue what hes doing either. I read alot about it but reading and knowing what to do and getting out there and doing it and doing it right are two different things.
Plus its winter and I'm fly fishing thats the stuff right there. =)
Ken you can fly fish from a boat too man! The very first time I ever tried to fly fish I was on my friends boat he handed his fly pole and said toss this fly over there, it was a sad attempt to cast a fly as the hollywood fly casting stuff was going threw my head. But I got it kinda close to where he pointed I was fishing a popper and tugged it about 3 times and a Smallmouth Bass just destroyed the fly I had it on for a little bit. IT FELT LIKE A 6 or 7 LB SMALLIE. (It was really about a 2lb but fighting on a fly rod verus a regular rod is pretty exciting) It got off before I could land it and I had fly line wrapped all around me, to bad we didnt have a video camera. I was stoked and got untangled and casted again and caught a 2lb 12 inch bluegill on the very next cast, landed this one this time. Casted a few more times with it but didnt get any more hits and was tired of my friend making fun of my casting technique. So I never fly fished again tell I moved to Colorado, where I decided to try it again but this time a little more seriously.
 

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I fly fish lakes fiarly often,especially high alpine lakes.The fish are a little dumber and its nowhere near as crowded.Nothin beats watchin trout come from the depths to crash a big ugly dry!
 

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Ken Broeren said:
I've never been fly fishing - but it sounds like a blast! My wife would have me sell the boat if I went fishing too many times without it though! :)
Some of my best fishing has been fly fishing from a boat! Being able to position the boat at the stream inlet and where you can cast without worries of trees behind you is great. I always keep a 5 peice 5 weight in the boat in case the fish are rising. Maybe that's a good place for you to start -- Cabela's sells some good and reasonably priced 5 piecers.
 

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I have a 5 piece Cabela's rod and love it, plus it fits nice in the backpack for those back country trips.
 

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SLAYERFISH said:
I fly fish lakes fiarly often,especially high alpine lakes.The fish are a little dumber and its nowhere near as crowded.Nothin beats watchin trout come from the depths to crash a big ugly dry!
Yeah
 

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Are you bored? This is a 7 year old thread.
 
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