I'm sure with more experience in the area I would do better or at a different time of year maybe. It's still a beautiful place with lots of places to explore. Gore canyon did have quite a bit of pressure, which I was not expecting way out there. I saw at least 7 other fisherman along about a mile of river. Way to crowded for my taste. However, that probably means there are some big fish to be had if they are eating.
|My camp site right next to the upper colorado. Beautiful.|
|Amtrak passengers with a great view of the river.|
My next stop was the Fraser river near Tabernash. I had heard there were big fish to be had around there so I guessed on a spot and ended up getting lucky. Unfortunately, the Fraser is a slimed cesspool of didymo and algae. Every rock, branch or log in the river was covered in slime an inch think. Nearly every cast I had to clean off my flies. The filth sluffs off in the current and keeps the visibility at about 3 feet. On top of all that, no cutthroat either. I caught one big rainbow and one decent brown but will not be going back. Maybe someday I'll find a beautiful clean mountain stream that has big native fish but for now, that seems impossible, in CO at least. The rainbow was pretty big though. I'll have to do some measuring in the photo but the fly I caught her on was a #20 so I might be pretty close to the famed 20/20 club.
Looked at a bunch of rocks and there were case building caddis everywhere. I bet that hatch in May or June is epic.
|Nice brown. Nice close up of the slime that covers everything too.|