- 2.24.2012 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
- Section – In Town
- Rating: 4/5 Stars
- Author – The Catch and The Hatch
Colorado Fly Fishing Report
Boulder Creek – In Town
There are many good places to go fly fishing in Colorado during February, and Boulder Creek is typically not one of them. The creek is so small that it is typically 90% or more frozen over this time of year. However, this year in Colorado we have had a very mild winter and the river remains nearly 100% open in town, below Eben G. Fine Park. This has made for some good opportunities to get out and get some fishing in close by and with very few other fisherman on the river.
Boulder Creek Fishing Report
Fishing was productive and I was able to land 6 fish in a couple hours and hooking up but not landing about 12 more. The main purpose of my fly fishing trip was to use my go pro to get some video to use for the site (which was a great success by the way) , so though I caught fish, I’m sure I could have caught more if fishing had been my only purpose.
- Fish Caught: 6
- Fish Hooked: 18
Successful Fly Patterns
- #12 Black Hare’s Ear
It was wonderful to fish a single fly that had some size and weight and required little to no maintenance throughout the day. February is typically the time for small #20 and up nymphs that require a large attractor nymph or split shot to get into the strike zone, which inevitably causes more maintenance and less time fishing. The fish were active and were definitely enjoying the warm weather as much as I was.
The weather was about 40′s all day long and had about 10-15 MPH wind from the west. Most fish were caught on the bottom of holes right as the water calmed. Most takes were obvious and easy to set the hook, though the fish were still pretty lazy and did not gulp it down like you would expect on a typical summer day. All in all, the weather was as good as the fishing.
What Gets Measured Gets Improved
I personally track every time I go fishing in an excel spreadsheet when I get home. This habit has helped me over time to learn patterns in fish behavior, find best times to go fishing, and help me know general numbers of interest to fly fisherman. I know how many fish I catch each year, my best patterns, and more. This information is invaluable to me and allows me to catch more fish than I would without the information. If you don’t track your fly fishing trips, I highly recommend it. Not only will you catch more fish, but you will see areas you need to work on. For example, I know I’m a much better dry fly fisherman than a nymph fisherman because of how many fish I have caught on one vs the other. Track your information, it will help you in the long run, and is a very enjoyable addition to fly fishing.
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