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Presented to Denver Trout Unlimited
At the Skylark Lounge, Streamer Screamer – Oct 22, 2013
Lecture notes taken by John Davenport.
What Streamer Fishing is.
- Stripping Streamers is the only way to fish if you want to catch large fish.
- Streamers are harder to cast, but your don’t need indicators to tell you that something has aggressively grabbed your fly, you don’t need magnifying glasses to tie on flies and you don’t have to fiddle with 6x or 7x in the cold.
- Streamers are simpler flies much easier to tie.
How to pick
Ugly is good.
A Bed head sloppy look is the most attractive to big trout.
Only a few flies are needed. Black, white, olive or really bright colors.
What a Fish thinks
This is food.
This is a threat to my territory.
How to set
Don’t lift the rod to set. On a large fish you must strip set to assure a hook-up.
- Buggers, zonkers, articulated flies.
- Buggers- hook in middle of profile with a bead, cone, or egg head and a Maribou tail.
- Zonker – rabbit/ squirrel fur. In live water good sculpin imitation. Dumbbell eyes.
- Articulated- Rabbit fur with a hook shank and then a full hook connected with backing.These flies are trout friendly. Short shank hold fish better and uses smaller hooks.
- Deeper water not drift and swing. Merlino’s sculpin hex. Misses mean hitting tail. Want to get hook further back? Articulated
- Cast and retrieve deep or against bank. Senyo’s iced out sculpin.
- Sinking lines are not necessary in Colorado. Fish will go up and down in water column.
For drift and swing fishing put the larger fly first. About 5 ft down your leader tie on a wooly bugger, then 18 of tippet tie on a bead head pheasant tail. Sight fish in the fast current. In the twilight the wooly will simulated a big stone fly emerging.
When to fish.
Don’t fish the Dream Stream unless it is over 100 cfs. Please. And leave fish on reds alone. Please.
The 7th AnnualCarp Slam Fund Raiser for the Denver South Platte is ON. 9/7/2013
Three ways to do your share.
1. Vote for your favorite.
Fierce Carp Slam competitors are feverishly raising money from their friends, bosses, family, and strangers for bragging rights, a customized Nautilus FWX 7/8 reel donated by Trout’s Fly Fishing, and most important to raise money for more aquatic habitat improvements and more places to fish on the Denver South Platte. $25, $5, $100 any amount helps you and the S. Platte.
Help The Slamateurs Win -click on Competitors -Slamateurs and pick a name.
Help Your Favorite Pro/FlyShop/Outfitter Win -click on Competitors – Pros or Cons and pick a name.
Help the Homeless Stonefly Win click here and just send money.
Here’s who’s winning: Click here
2. Attend the afterparty 7:00PM ”Evening for the South Platte” at Battery 621. 6th & Kalamath
Awards, food, drinks, silent auction, and LIVE Western Swing dance music by Ethyl & the Regulars. Just $25. Get it on line now or at one of these fine fly shops:
Trout’s, Discount Fishing Tackle, Charlies Flybox, Blue Quill Angler, Orvis (Park Meadows & Cherry Creek)
Ronnie points out that this is really an incredible deal: dinner, beer, wine, cocktails, music, and dancing for $25 bucks. (After-after party continues, cover waived at the Skylark.)
Buy a Ticket
3. Bid on incredible Silent Auction Items at “Evening For the South Platte”
You’ll find all kinds of gear, trips, gift certs, rods, back packs, and more. With the right kind of strategy you can land unheard of bargains. Just $25 to get in which includes food, wine, beer, and music.
Buy a ticket
Watch the Carp Slam – 9-Noon, 2-5PM on the Denver South Platte
Check carpslam.org for maps but the best spots and best viewing are along the S. Platte trail from REI to MileHigh Stadium. This is a rugged sport. The best fly fishing carp stalkers of their kind in the nation will be on your river on Saturday Sept 7th. Don’t let you and your family miss it. Check out what happened to Dave Luna last year. This event is free of course, but you don’t want to be seen as a free-loader as others contribute to restore the aquatic habitat of the Denver South Platte. Come on. Kick in $25.
Read the rest of “The Drift” August 2013 V4.07
What Habitat Enhancements do for a Damaged River: Denver Post, August 7,2013
Cast at Last in the Carson Riffle.
Stage 1 of the 1st Denver South Platte River habitat restoration is completed.
With the help of $10,000 of Carp Slam seed money from DTU, Urban Drainage and Flood Control, South Suburban Parks and the City of Littleton dug into an initial study for this restoration and then in a quick 60 days created a fantastic 2,000 feet of perfect trout habitat. At a walk thru on 5/29 we saw trout rising to tricos in the newly constructed run. Truly AMAZING. Carson Nature Center will be offering Fly Fishing Classes at the site. This is exactly what we [and a big thanks to former DTU Presidents Todd Fehr and Mike Hobbs] are working for on the entire Denver South Platte. This project will serve as a model for what can be done and what should be done on the Denver South Platte.
Mike Hobbs and John Davenport fished this section a week after water had been reintroduced from the diversion. They were astounded by the number of trout feeding in every hole. There was a massive trico hatch as the wind died down and a trout landed by John opposite the observation deck had an osprey puncture wound in its side. Nature took less than a week to get back on course. THIS is what can be done for the whole Denver South Platte. SUPPORT THE CARP SLAM.
…read more from Will Rice at Trouts.
Now, on to the next 26.1 miles.
Fishing for Manhole Covers by Ronnie Crawford
While at my bank last summer, at Evans and S. Broadway, where everything is torn up for street improvements, I noticed that Denver has new manhole covers. Manhole covers, how mundane.
Well they are really cool. They are completely redesigned and very arty. I have seen three variations so far, two with rainbow trout and one with a bass. They say on them “City of Denver-Storm Sewer, No Dumping-Drains to River”, with a fish motif in the middle.
I got to thinking about the damaged manhole cover in front of the Skylark. What a neat thing , if I could get the damaged one replaced with a “fish motif” cover, instead of a generic one. So, I started a conversation with my councilman and City Council President, Chris Nevitt. Nevitt is a friend of mine and I call him Nevitt, not Councilperson Nevitt, which would be the appropriate thing.
Following is an e-mail conversation between Nevitt and myself. Quite humorous. Not the usual exchange between a City Councilman and a constituent.
The next time you are at the Skylark, check out the manhole cover. They can be cool, and it WILL make you smile. This goes along with what Jeff Shoemaker was saying at our last DTU meeting, about street trash, ending up in the river. The new man hole covers are a conscious and sub-conscious way of getting people, to think and realize, that all street trash, and water run-off, goes straight to the river. Kids walking with their parents will spot the fish long before they know how to read what the message is. That might start a conversation between the kids and the parents, concerning improving our environment.
DTU’S QUARTERLY SOCIAL NIGHT IS BACK FOR 2013
Join us Upstairs @ The Skylark Lounge on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 7:30 pm until they kick us out. There will be plenty of fishy talk, pool and of course the bar will be open for business. You might even get a chance to check out Fred’s new knee! And as always at a DTU Social Night, there will be absolutely NO FUNDRAISING.
For anyone interested in the Denver Trout Unlimited Board or what we are up to on our member’s behalf, come early. Board meeting starts at 6:00 pm, and should be entertaining and productive.
SURFACE FILM 3
SHOWCASING THE BEST FISHING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE BUSINESS
The Greenbacks of Trout Unlimited are excited to announce the 3rd annual Surface Film event showcasing top professional fly-fishing photography from across the country at the Anthology Fine Art gallery on Thursday February 7th, 2013. Framed prints will be available through a silent auction to benefit the Greenback’s work to conserve Colorado’s coldwater fisheries and recruit the next generation of Trout Unlimited Members.
SURFACE FILM will be showing at Anthology Fine Art Thursday, February 7th.
Doors Open at 7:00
If you are interested in learning more about the group please email email@example.com
OUR DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE !! The Denver South Platte habitat improvements are starting !!!
Come on out to our meeting on 1/22/2013 Tuesday, at REI 1416 Platte Street Denver, CO 80202 4th Floor. 6:30PM for a presentation and discussion on stream restoration work to take place near Florida Avenue.
Brian Murphy, P.E. water resources engineer with CDM Smith will present his firms proposed RISO Preliminary Design for the development plan of the Overland Park to Grant Frontier Park area encompassing about two miles of the urban South Platte between Florida and Santa Fe.
Our chapter’s $25,000.00 contribution is combined with close to $13,000,000 earmarked for this project and related projects upstream and downstream. $6,000,000 to $8,000,000 is targeted for the Overland Park – Grant Frontier project.
Attendees may have the opportunity to interrupt Ronnie Crawford, unofficial river keeper, to give their own ideas for improving the habitat in Ronnie’s back yard.
The presentation will focus on riparian improvements, and various enhancements that can be accomplished to modify the channel, create riffles and pools and deal with siltation all the while protecting against unusual flooding and the potential multi-hundred year floods. The project will likely disrupt the river for two years but the end result sounds dramatic and fantastic.