Good People - Good Water - Good Fish
In 1999, my first Colorado trout was in the South Park area caught in Eleven Mile Cayon on the South Platte River. I went to the University of Denver, so I knew the site by name, but that is about it. My wife I were on our way for a vacation in Salida, Colorado, so the South Platte was an excellent place to take a rest.
I only knew how to dry fly at this time, so I put on my brown caddis and began to cast. I always believe every cast can produce a fish. And I know this has to help me catch lots of fish. That day I threw about 40 casts in swift water while standing on a massive boulder. In the middle of the river where rainbows like to feed a trout rose.
Later, we traveled downstream to the South Park and fished the Middle Fork of the South Platte near the town of Hartsel. I love streams surrounded by desert or grass plains. It was sunny with patches of large clouds. The wife, in both cases, read her book, thinking I would never catch a trout. But have about an hour a landed a large brown. She pushes me aside, grabs my fly rod, and starts fishing.
A perfect day!
Middle Fork South Platte Brown
Middle Fork South Platter River