Hitting early season Small Streams
I love fishing small streams and with the weather we?ve had this yearI was hopeful they would be opening up early. So Friday I got off workearly and headed out to some local BLM land that has a great smallstream on it just to check it out and see if it was even fishable yet.
Afterthe longer then I remember because I?m still pretty out of shape hike Ispotted the stream through the trees.
First thoughts were AWESOME Isee water! Popping out into the valley there were still ice and snowaround some of the edges but definitely fishable water. Great littleruns and flats that were very productive in the summer were wide open. However early season fish hold in different water and as I walked downstream (which I hate) trying to find some fish I started spotting fishholding in the deep pools. Unfortunately being in the wide open valleyand walking down stream into the fish?s gaze they also spotted me.
Idecided to walk down into the canyon and fish my way back upstream. But as I entered the canyon I also started to run into huge frozensections of water. Undeterred I found openings in the ice fields andstarted to find fish in the deep water openings. Must be the winterrust or the too much ice fishing but I missed several strikes and had afew LDR?s.
After a few miles into the canyon the sun was slowlyfalling and I was starting to think I was walking out with the blackand white kitty on my shoulders. When everything aligned I came upon avery deep pool, probably the deepest spot in this entire creek. Pushedthrough some willows into a perfect ambush spot and made a cast. Alarge brown (for this creek) came out from under a rock and opened hisbig white mouth to take my offering but turned off not hitting it. Hedid this three times, before I had my line in. Again I make the samecast again he goes to attack it and pulls off at the last possiblesecond. Changing up my speed on the next cast I hook him. Wow, usuallydon?t get a 2nd chance at a small stream fish and I had three. Theonly thing now was to get him in with reminders of the three LDRs I hadupstream. It felt good to land him and snapped a quick picture, relaxedfor a second as I watched him swim off and decided it was time to headback up stream fishing the pockets I had seen fish but didn?t land any.
Right away I miss a fish and land another from the very nextrun. Walking out enjoying the scenery and solitude I was able to bring acouple more fish to hand. Yet another great day on a small stream herein Colorado. Get out and check out some of your local small creeks andsee if they are already open. You may be surprised.