TASK 1: Your greatest day of fishing - South Colony Lakes, July
It started out like any otherday Cody and I are going fishing? The alarm goes off I hop out of bed and gowake him up. I then get dress and gowake him up again. Hit the bathroom ask if he is up yet, get the ?Yeah I?m up?. Start loading the Jeep and go force him toget out of bed. I eat some breakfastwhile he gets dressed and comes down and grabs something to eat on the way. Living in Colorado Springs all the fishing Ienjoy is usually at least an hour drive in any direction, today was nodifferent it was going to be about 3 hours into the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.Traffic seemed pretty decentbut we did run into a traffic jam.
South Colony Lakes was thedestination, the trip would include 4wheeling, hiking, camping, and of coursefishing? already having potential to be a great trip. We started the checklist off with putting theJeep into 4 wheel drive and heading up Colony Rd.
After a long, slow, bumpy rideto the trailhead we unloaded our packs from the Jeep and began the hike intothe lakes.
The trail is well maintainedwith a few snow field crossings which was surprising in July but not uncommonin the Rocky Mountains.
This being my son?s firstbackpacking trip his 30lb pack was weighing him down and I think he stillswears that mile and a half was 10 miles? so after a slow walk with lots ofbreaks we made camp not to far from the lower Lake. There are 3 14ers (mountains above 14,000ft)that can be reached from these trails, so even on a Thursday there were a lot ofpeople up there. However we stillmanaged to find a great campsite.
After a quick lunch we wereready to go check out the lake. As wecame on to the lake there was a group of 3 fishing right at the trail?send. The wind was blowing a little bitso we walked around to a cove and from a rock I spotted a cutthroat within afoot of the shore. I told Cody to kneel down and cast to him but to be sneakyand don?t scare him. He made a good cast and fish on... boy you know it?sgoing to be a good trip when that happens. As he lands the fish he isexcited because this was his first cutthroat trout ever and it was on the flyrod. I take some pictures then I put thefishing bag down and set up the tripod and while I?m fiddling with that Cody shouts"FISH ON" again. So I take some more pictures and grab my poleand before I can cast I think he even had another one on... then the taunt,"Where you at Rick!" LOL... I love that.
We ended up catching like 10and the drizzle came in and the fishing slowed so we went exploring and checkeda few different spots found a good inlet coming into the lake with at least 20spawners in there fighting for position, amazing colors too. We drifted afew flies over them and they weren?t interested in anything so on wewent. Ended up circling the lake, the beaver ponds on the north side ofthe lake get tricky when you don?t have waders with you so be careful... Fishedfor a while more and decided to head back to camp for some hot cider anddinner.The next morning we get up withthe sun eat some breakfast and he ad off to the upper lake. I tried tomake it before the wind came up to get one of those magical glass water shotsbut when hiking with a kid it?s at his pace not yours. So I didn?t make it forthat shot but got a nice shot of him above the lower lake.
We hiked around Upper SouthColony Lake on the inlet side. I asked Cody if he could see the drop offand told him to cast to it. I was rigging up, when Cody hopes out on arock and casts once. Again "FISHON!" I had to look up and say "really?!" Took somepictures and went back to rigging..
Once again I think he had 3 fish before I evenhad a line in the water. We were on them too, we caught close to 50 fishsome very red and some totally done with the spawn. It was about even onthe fish sizes too about half in the teens to high teens and half in the singledigit size range. I caught one really fat female that was still fat withher eggs. We were the only ones fishing the lake until we left at 2:30pmto make it back in time for us to pack up camp, drive home, and for me to cleanup for work. This was the greatestday(s) of fishing I?ve had? spent with the kid catching high country cutties inthe Rocky Mountains of Colorado. If you?dlike to read more and see more photos from the trip please feel check out theforums on my website, // www.ColoradoMountainFishing.com