Giant of Carpin’

Giant of Carpin – Makes Triumphal Appearance.  Divulges secrets of Carpin.

Clint Packo enthralled the crowd of beer buzzed carpers at the Skylark June 9th. Those that didn’t make it can   READ MORE: …   #CarpSlam @denvertu

Co-hosted by The Greenbacks:

Streamer Fishing in Colorado

Streamer Fishing in Colorado

Click for link to Freestone Outfitters.

Reid Baker : Guide Manager for Freestone Outfitters –

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.

Streamer Styles

  •     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.

Fishing Styles

    • 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.

Grant Frontier – Overland Park Project Update 7-29-2016

Work is moving along on the Grant Frontier Portion of the project. 7/2016

Grant Frontier looking North.  Denver Trout Unlimited is funding placement of an additional rock cluster that was removed due to increased costs.


Construction photos from Ronnie on the Overland Section

Click the photo to see all Ronnies River Reports on the Grant Frontier construction.


Help Spend $5 Million in the Denver S. Platte

Grant Frontier - Overland Park Project

Member Meeting presentation 1/22/2013



Brian Murphy is a Water Resources Engineer with CDM Smith in Denver, Colorado. His primary fields of work include river engineering and aquatic ecosystem restoration. Brian is a licensed Professional Engineer in four states including Colorado; a Professional Hydrologist; and a Certified Floodplain Manager.  

Project Area is Grant Frontier to Overland Park.


The main project goal is to improve aquatic and riparian habitat by changing the channel’s geometry and creating wetland benches.  All land is owned by City and County of Denver, which means no land acquisition is required.



In the 2 mile stretch the current project cost is about $5M.


The banks are overgrown. A design goal is to open up the river so you can see it from the trail and provide stream access for boating. Cottonwood trees and other native vegetation will remain to help cool the river.


A design goal is to turn these urban parks to a more high plains environment. That means no bluegrass.



The Florida Avenue Drop.


The Florida drop was constructed in the 1970s to divert irrigation water for  Overland golf course.

Currently it holds 5 ft  of sediment and little water is being impounded. Basically it is a 150 ft wide very flat duck habitat, not an aquatic habitat. Sediment will be removed and used to create alluvial bars.


The Florida drop will be removed and replaced with an active channel, smaller riffle drops and pools which create high and low stream velocities. Habitat work will accommodate low flows, with emphasis on micro habitats and complexity. In reviewing working drawings keep in mind that the CDM Smith draftsman was a kayaker.


Pasquinel’s landing park.

A side channel will be created to filter and create a flood plain, and scour hole behind rocks will be created.

The focus of the design seems to be on happy habitat for fish without much concern for bug habitat.  Much of water in this section of the S. Platte is from a nearby wastewater treatment plant. This yields a constant flow but is high in nutrients. The stream improvements will help increase the dissolved oxygen in the stream. A problem is that in this area sediment can’t be pushed to into the floodplain because of the channel’s trapezoidal geometry. Trying to create a floodplain for sediment storage is impossible because of inability to open the channel up along overland golf course.

Vegetated riprap banks will be constructed during the improvement project and should help reduce the amount of erosion and sediment pushed downstream.


   What to expect to see in this area of the South Platte are:


  • Woody structure
  • Riffle pools
  • Bend way weirs
  • Rock vanes
  • Snags
  • Deflectors
  • Boulder clusters
  • Final Drawings by August, work to start Oct 2013, finish mid 2015.


Now is the time to suggest changes and additional concerns like:

  •  Include preferred habitats for fish, like trout, that would be at home here AFTER a Chatfield Reallocation project made it possible for the aquatic habitat to be maintained with minimum flows. Current use of Chatfield as a flood control project prohibits releases for habitat reasons.
  • Flow depth, velocity, and temp preferences for the BUGS should be included in the design.
  • No kayak stanchions in this area or overhead cables to impede casting.

Send these suggestions to Brian at-


Additional Info:

Denver City – South Platte Corridor Study 

River Vision Planning Document.

Packos Winter Tips

Clint Packo at Denver TU – REI 10/23/2012

Clint Packo


Always use:

5x, good presentation, pheasant tails, florocarbon.


You must:

Fish deeper and slower

Diversity and density of aquatic life decreases

Fish egg patterns but NEVER over redds

Listen to your local fly shops



Steady deeper than 18 in,

Slower water in Bottom half of column

Fish slow, mend continuously

Don’t expect action until water is 42F.

Set hook with a down stream pull

Look for depressions where the bigger fish will hold

Sight fish,

Leave a lot of slack on water

Big mends

Use White Yarn indicator. It will spin on a strike.

Leader- 9’5x -shot- 3ft 5x – big nymph , 18 in 5-6x – small fly

Pheasant tail 16-20

Miracle Midge or Black Beauty  20-24

Shot  at least 12in above first fly

Indicator 5 ft above first fly.

Carry 15 sizes of wt.


Foam is home.

Swing in winter, 45 deg to down stream, rising up on tight line swing.



Big rocks

Nymph below structure

Along cut banks

Slow on bottom


Streamers in winter:

Leader of 8 ft 2x, they won’t see it.

Shot at the  eye of fly


Cast across, mend up stream

Strip set

Don’t strip let it drift then swing until down stream.


Slow it down.

Weight to keep in lower half of the water column


Use Articulated flies, small hooks to protect the fish and get more clean hookups.

Start at Head of runs . Step down stream.



Colorado -Grandby to Kremmling

Blue River

Williams & Roaring Fork



Carry a thermometer and a black sharpie to color your hooks.

Pinch barbs for the sake of your guide, your fingers & ears, your friend the fish.

To keep guides from icing up try:

Spray grilling PAM on the line guides and expect the mess.

Clean your line in dish soap.

Pinching out the ice from the guides almost guarantees a broken tip.

Dip the rod in the water to melt the ice from the rod guides.


Create a bead egg rig with pearl fingernail polish on egg colored beads. Then string the bead on you tippet, wrap it three times through the bead, and tie a small black circle hook to hang below the bead two finger widths.

Bead heads- dirty color rust. Dull colors.