Overland Park Pond needs Water

UPDATE – Water is flowing into the pond!! Thanks Paul, Alan, Ronnie, Casey and the powers that be !!

3/15/2016 5PM

With the help of Ronnie’s extensive contact list and fast acting officials, water is again flowing into the pond and will be more closely monitored in the the future. Thanks to all involved.

3/6/ 2016 …  Overland Park Pond needs Water.

Who do you call?  Help us out? We are trying to find out.  … Ronnies call to S.O.B.  Save Our Bass.

In July 2014 CPW planted 100 fingerling largemouth bass in Overland Park Pond after the fine restoration of the pond, $15,000 of it funded by Denver Trout Unlimited. We envisioned this great urban pond as a Gateway Fishery for kids. We didn’t envision it drying up. No river water since the Sept 2015. The bass must be gasping. We are down about 2.5 acre-ft or 840,000 gallons.

Are there trout in the Denver South Platte ?


Ronnie’s 24in Rainbow – 11/5/2015

 Denver, it’s my city and “A River Runs Through It” **

     Recent fishing (October and November 2015) in the Denver South Platte. This is a rainbow trout that I caught recently near Evans Ave and released healthy and strong for another day. The fish measured 24 inches and fought me very hard. It is a personal best
for DSP rainbows.
     Fisherman travel from all over the country to fish in Deckers Colorado, Green River Utah, and the famous Madison River in Montana, and yet we have this wonderful and vibrant fishery right here in our own backyard.

Lets promote it..!

     I’m also catching a lot of walleyes this year. Usually I catch 1 or 2 a year at 10-12 inches long.This year I am landing many over 16 inches, the biggest so far is 21 inches. Some people think that they washed out of Chatfield with the prolonged runoff this spring and summer. The smallmouth bass are strong and plentiful as usual, and the carp are still breaking my rods. No channel cats yet this year.
     The Denver Trout Unlimited, 10th Annual Carp Slam will be next September. The Carp Slam is DTU’s annual fund raiser. We raise and contribute about $25,000 dollars every year to studies, causes, and issues that effect fishing, wildlife and water quality in the Denver South Platte. The DTU Carp Slam is the biggest and longest surviving carp on a fly rod and fly tournaments in the country. Help support DTU, as all of the money goes back into making the DSP and riparian area a better place to go and enjoy yourself.
     If anyone wants to fish the DSP with me, let me know. I’ll take you to the best spots and I have equipment for you to use. All anglers have a place that they call their home water. I’m proud to call the Denver South Platte, “my home water”.
Feel free to share this to your groups and friends.

Tight lines everyone, Ronnie Crawford,
Vice President, Overland Park Neighborhood Association
DTU Board member.
** “A River Runs Through It”, a movie starring Brad Pitt, fly fishing the Madison River.

Here are a couple rainbow that my nephew, Shawn Coulter, Carp Slam 2015 Slamateur, caught recently (October 2015) in the Denver South Platte in some of my favorite spots.

Ronnies near completion River Report and Brian’s additional comments.

New riffle below the former Florida drop structure.  Click this photo to link to the annotated album Ronnies River Reports. (The water intake structure for Overland Golf course is in the upper right.)

Ronnie Crawford. – Unofficial River Conscience of the Florida Ave/Overland Stretch. 5/20/2015

Ronnie’s River Reports will be winding down as work on the Overland stretch, Florida to Evans Avenues, of the Denver South Platt was scheduled to be completed by now. The ongoing rains have put them back a few weeks as the DSP has been roaring for a month. Today (5/20) at the ENGLEWOOD station, it is at 3,000 cfs and 4,000 cfs yesterday-Tuesday. The DSP has been over 2,000 cfs all month and is scouring itself, as it does annually. The normal Summer flow through Overland is 75-100 cfs. The scour is a good thing and every year when I walk into the river for the 1st few times, I see many changes in the configuration of the bottom.
Last fall the 8 foot high Florida drop was removed and replaced with a 2 1/2 foot drop. The new river, below the new drop, was lined with large rocks 1-2 feet in diameter and mashed down with the “little yellow machines” so they won’t be displaced with water flow. I’m not sure why they did this, as it impedes the scour below the drop.

On upstream toward Evans Ave, are several more small drops. I asked Brian Murphy, of CDM Smith ( the engineers) what the depth between the drops would be at 75-100 cfs and he stated “about 18 inches”. An 18 inch depth for a hundred yards between drops doesn’t seen like enough depth to support much fish and there are no plans to make it a riffle for the trout and bass to feed in. Its a sculptured section. I asked Brian why they didn’t dig it deeper and he said “because the bed-rock was closer to the surface than they thought.”

The bed-rock there is a hard Colorado clay, not rock. It is removable with the earth moving equipment that Naranjo has. In my eyes, they could have dug into the clay, to create some depth and habitat. (Naranjo Civil is following engineering plans and is not responsible for the depth.) On up toward the bend in the river, a jetty is being built that extends into the river about 20 feet. This should work out well and push the water to the west side for a good scour along that bank.

The DSP, between the Florida bridge and Sanderson Gulch will be changed forever, some good and some bad. All of the holes on the west side are filled in with large gravel. It was suggested that a large structure be placed in the WEST channel under the bridge to create turbulence and help push the gravel out of the holes. These are some of the best smallmouth and rainbow holes in the DSP. This is where I caught my 18 inch (measured) smallmouth last summer. A large boulder structure was placed under the EAST channel of the Florida bridge at our suggestion. This has cleared out a deep and extended hole on the east side. This area looks good.

I like what they have done out of the river on both sides. Crusher fine walking trails have been put into place to get pedestrians off of the hard surface trail. Viewing and seating areas have been built, trees and indigenous shrubs have been planted. Most of this work is on the EAST side and it is going to look really nice.

Brian Murphy, says that it may take a year or two for the river to sort itself out. I understand that. What I find objectionable is;

  • 1) That they miscalculated where the bed-rock was and didn’t dig deeper into it, to create an acceptable habitat between drops,
  • 2) Lined the bottom of the river below the new Florida drop, which will impede future scouring,
  • 3) Let all of the classic holes south of the bridge, WEST channel fill in. The engineers don’t think this can be changed.

All along the hydrologists have told me how unpredictable water is and I understand that. My concern is that when the river finally sorts itself out, the “little yellow machines” will be long gone. It is my amateur opinion that things can still be made better while the big machinery is still in the river.
Overall, the out of river improvements are really nice. Michael Bouchard, Denver P+R Project Manager has done a good job. Salute..! The in-river changes appear to be net loss as far as fishing habitat is concerned, in my humble opinion. I want to be wrong on this…..time will tell.

Thanks, Ronnie Crawford. – Unofficial River Conscience of the Florida Ave/Overland Stretch. 5/20/2015


Editors Note:  Brian Murphy, managing engineer on this project for CDM Smith, provided this additional information and response 0n 6/2/2015

“It is true the new channel is not deeper because of the bedrock – a “hard Colorado clay” bedrock is in fact difficult (and therefore expensive) to excavate – but the new channel depth was also based on the slope we had to work with from the upstream tie-in to the downstream tie-in below the new drop structure, and the channel cross section. The new channel follows the bedrock profile exactly from upstream to downstream. The river used to follow a similar slope before the drop structure was installed in the 1970s.


Even if we had not hit bedrock, digging the channel deeper between the main riffles would not have been sustainable because the new channel would have filled up with sediment similar to the old channel behind the 8’ drop structure. The sedimentation would occur due to the top elevation of the riffles and drop structure being above the bottom of the main channel. The elevation of the new drop structure was the controlling variable – it is critical to the water delivery system that provides irrigation water to Overland Golf Course.


The 18” minimum depth in the new channel may not be optimal for carp and trout. Unfortunately this plains river wants to be shallow and wide in this stretch.  The constraints listed above limit our ability to create a narrow and deep channel here. With that said, the design did include floodplain benches to increase the overall channel depth. In addition, the design included a pool downstream of each riffle and the drop structure for aquatic habitat.


As for the filling in of the holes south and north of the Florida Avenue bridge west channel, the river is doing what it naturally does – moving water and sediment. Those holes were originally created by the old drop structure. The drop structure captured and removed most of the sediment so the water downstream of the drop was “starved” and “hungry” for sediment and scoured out the holes, which are in a bend where they naturally form. I still expect holes to form in the bend, but they will fill and scour with sediment throughout the course of the runoff cycle. I do agree that the depth of the holes will be less because of the increased sediment supply.


I realize and respect that the river is different than it was nine months ago. It is adjusting to yet again another new paradigm.Nevertheless, the river and its ecosystem are healthier now than before the project. The fish will come back, just give it time.”

Brian M. Murphy, P.E., P.H., CFM, D.WRE.  

Ronnie Gets Reel

By Ronnie Crawford – S. Platte Riverkeeper, Riverwatcher, Riverhead. 1/25/2014

Ronnie’s Hardy Reel

Several years ago, my nephew Shawn, called and said that he would be coming to Colorado to visit a client. He asked me to set up a fly fishing trip for us. Then he said, “Ronnie, I’m going to bring your reel back.” What the heck, I don’t remember loaning him a reel, so I asked him what he was talking about. “Well, I have your first reel and I want to return it, for you to enjoy.” This all seemed so nuts. What reel?
He went on to explain that when I had gotten older (college age) that my father, Shawn’s Grandfather, had given him the reel as a hand-me-down and would be Shawn’s first reel. Shawn has fished with this reel from the early 70’s thru the 90’s, before he updated to the newer equipment.
A few months passed and Shawn visited and walked up to me gave me a big hug, stepped back and proceeded to hand me the reel. As he held it in his palm, it was shining in the afternoon sun. I stared at it… picked it up… and felt like I had been united with an old friend. I remembered that damned old reel. He told me it was very valuable now and for me to enjoy it as we both had years ago.
Several years have passed and I wanted to know more about that reel. The Fly Fishing Show 2014 was on the horizon. I put the old reel in my pocket and headed to the show. It was burning a hole in my pocket, so I skipped a bunch of booths an searched for the Hardy booth. I walked up to the booth with the reel in hand, to talk to the Hardy rep. John Shaner. He was just finishing a conversation, saw the reel and politely excused himself from that conversation.
I told him that it was my first reel and handed it to him. He smiled like someone had handed him some gold. He looked down at it, looked at me, looked down at it again, and then with the biggest smile, looked me square in the eyes…he was almost speechless, “you were a very fortunate young man.”

Wow, the biggest smile yet. Inside were the stamped initials, JS. He explained that JS was the old master reel maker at Hardy Bros., Jimmy Smith. He told me some Jimmy Smith stories and spoke of Jimmy’s expertise. He coveted my reel and gently said that it was, with those initials, one of the most highly sought after Hardy reels around. I told him that I would send him quality photos of the reel, ’cause he wanted to show his friends. John and I had a great conversation about my old reel and his excitement and enthusiasm were infectious. He cleaned the reel and lubricated it before handing it back to me.
I think that I’ll use the reel this season. I might even pull my original Orvis Battenkill out of the closet and reunite the rod and reel and act like a kid, fishing in Ohio, again.

Fishing with Ricardo

An Entertaining Gateway.

by Ronnie Crawford, V.P. Overland Park Neighborhood Association and Board Member, Denver Trout Unlimited.

A funny thing happened the other day on the Overland area of the South Platte. I finally got to meet-up with my old friend Ricardo Baca. Ricardo has been a music critic and writer as long as I can remember. He’s the lucky guy that gets to go to any and all concerts and events that he wants. He lives the “rock-n-rollers” dream of having access to, spending time with and interviewing artists. Ricardo is a regular at the Skylark, as a small cadre of writers are.
Somehow several years ago Ricardo and I started to talk about fishing. The conversation quickly turned to fly-fishing. His father is an ardent fly-fisherman, dry flies only. Ricardo mentioned that he hasn’t fished locally and didn’t know where to start. As this conversation progressed, my smile must have gone ear to ear, because he asked what I was smiling about. I had to, with reserved guilt, tell him that I’m on the Denver South Platte 4 or 5 days a week. He was very curious. “Where on the S. Platte?” he asked.
He and I have tried many times over the years to hook up and meet on the river. He’s so dammed busy, with all of the concerts and deadlines, that he’s cancelled with me many times. I keep him in the loop and bait him by sending him my fishing stories.
Finally, he contacts me and tells me that he is going to do a story about fishing, in the Denver South Platte. This is trouble. He’s the Entertainment Editor of the Denver Post. We set a day, a Monday morning, (after the Prince concert the night before.) Will the Denver South Platte be as entertaining as Prince? We meet up at Overland Pond parking lot at 10 am. A little early for him.
I was curious as to how he would present himself. How does the Entertainment Editor of the Denver Post present himself for a day of fishing. What would he wear? What kind of equipment would he have? I had no idea what to expect. Would he look like me ( I purposely try not to look like the suited-up typical fly-fisherman) or would he look like John Davenport, as if an Orvis Store has thrown up on him. Incidentally, I invited John to join us for the day on the DSP. Ricardo brought his photographer, Cyrus McCrimmon.
Ricardo got out of the car with his Converse All stars on, shorts, and a casual shirt. He simply put on his wading shoes, and got his equipment from the trunk. A few minutes later we were headed to the falls, upstream of the Florida bridge. Incidentally, he uses one of the “old school” Pflueger Medalist reels, not one of the cool aluminum ones. I had caught several 14-16 inch smallmouth there a few days before. I knew that we were in for a good day. John and Ricardo hit the riffles below the dam and I tried the deep hole immediately below the falls. Cyrus was cruising around getting shots of us from all angles and directions. It’s a little weird to me to be photographed while fishing. Maybe that was the problem. None of us caught anything. We even went down to where Bear Creek hits the S. Platte. Still nothing. I wish that I could blame it on the photographer, but I can’t.
At any rate, John, Ricardo, and myself had a good time fishing the Denver South Platte. The post article should be out soon. Then we’ll know what he thought of us and the DSP. I don’t think that I’ve ever read a Post fishing article, from anyone other than the Outdoors writer. It’ll be interesting.

Construction has finally started on the improvements at Overland Pond, which DTU helped fund. The improvements include a revamped dock, for easy and improved ADA access, deepening of the Pond, and a boat launch and easier water access at the N.E. corner of the Pond. The pond will be stocked by the state with smallmouth bass, bluegills, and channel catfish.The Overland Pond has always been a “gateway fishery” through the years. Now with deepening, it can come up to it’s full potential. There’s hardly anything cooler than hearing a kid squeal when they hook into a fish. Very gratifying. Squealing will start next Spring. Maybe DTU can organize an event there.
The City of Denver will present the Overland Park Neighborhood Association with the “60%” plan for the redesign of Grant Frontier Park, north past the golf course, to and including Overland Pond Park. Cutting down the old growth cottonwoods and other flora, is in the plan. Come and join the neighbors for this presentation, as it is sure to create much controversy. It will be an open meeting at Grant-Frontier Park on June 27th at 6:30 pm.  G-F park is at the S.E.corner of Evans and Huron, paralleling the east side of the river. Everyone is invited and we will be given the presentation by Michael Bouchard, City Project Manager. Join us.

Fishing for Manhole Covers

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.


Ronnie’s Beat almost Beats Him.

Fishing the S. Platte near Overland Park

Fishing the S. Platte near Overland Park


Ronnie the right honorary river keeper reports on recent rod bending in the Denver South Platte.


August 20, 2012 5:49:31 PM

By Ronnie Crawford


This is a little wordy, but finish it, or you’ll never know what happened. I got off the river about  an hour ago. Oh, what a morning!  I hit the river, near my house, at 6:45 this morning. I usually carry two rods, a 9 ft. fly rod and a light-weight 7-1/2 foot spinning rod. I started at my favorite stretch, just downstream of the Florida Ave. bridge. The morning is cool and pleasant, with a little moss in the water, and the sound of traffic as the workers are going to their jobs.

I can see the smallmouth hitting on the surface, so I tie on a dry fly. Not a hit, nothing. I tie on a carp fly and immediately catch a 12 in. smallmouth. I target a couple of carp, but they’re not having any part of it. The fly is accumulating too much moss, so I pick up my spinning rod. For those of you that don’t know how I fish, I use long, lightweight rods, 6 lb. test line, and crimp all barbs. I try to give the fish as much of a chance to get away as I can. I landed several more bass between 8 and 12 inches on my favorite spinner. The Denver South Platte is a smallmouth stream, but the two of the bass were largemouth! I worked the stream for a hundred feet or so and decided it was time to try the fly rod again. I had a nice carp on for a second, maybe a second. Then nothing for about 20 minutes. So, I packed it up, and went home for another cup of coffee and plan B. I retrieved plan B from the refrigerator; my trusty nigh crawlers.

I hit the river at a different spot. This time, I’m just below the bicycle bridge, near Overland Pond Park. It’s a real nice hole, about 6-7 feet deep. First cast, another 12 in. smallmouth, then a 10 in. largemouth, all on the carp fly. Several more bass on my spinner. It’s all too crazy. I fish the Denver S. Platte, 4 or 5 times a week, and never do I get action like this. By now, I’m getting a little complacent and I’m longing for the tug and run of a really big fish. I wade across the river and go down stream about 150 feet, to my favorite carp water. I throw my fly at the carp, but there’s too much moss hanging on it.

So, by now I’m ready for the fight of my life. Bring it on. I put a night crawler and a small split shot on my fly line. I let it drift in the current, and it bounces along the bottom. Zing, my reel is ablaze, screaming. He took me out well into my backing. I probably only had 20-30 feet of backing left on my reel. I nervously kept checking my reel, and I could see bottom!  He’s a traveler. He ran me downstream about 150 feet. My hand went to sleep and my arm was tired. After about 20 minutes, I land this big carp. 32 inches! (I carry a tape measure and measure all of my big fish.)

That was an ordeal.  I was tired. I walked back upstream to where I was, when the big one hit. I thought about going home, but you all know what a mental task it is to walk away from the water on a day like this.

I put on another nightcrawler and did the drift another couple of times. Cleaning off the moss, I thought I’ll throw a few more times and see what happens. So, that little worm is bouncing along the bottom and BOOM. I mean BOOM. I set the hook and the fight was on. I could see him out there. He was huge, bigger than the last one, and he was swimming upstream, how weird. So then, he changed direction and headed down stream. I have never had my real scream like that. I was into the backing again. Until today, I had never had a fish take me into my backing like this.  I’m looking at my reel and seeing bottom again! Holy crap!  What the heck is going on? I fight him for 20-25 minutes and he’s still not ready to give up yet. And I thought I was tired before!!  It was a tussle of epic proportions. Damn my arm is tired. My hand is falling asleep again. Crap. I got him within 100 feet of me a couple of times. A hundred feet is not that close at all,  and he runs me well into the backing again and again.

Well, a funny thing happened,  He’s got me into the backing again. There was probably forty feet of backing out, when CRACK, a sound that I’ve never heard before. I thought that my rod had broken. I’d never heard that sound before.  My rod relaxed. My next thought was that my line had finally given out. I looked out into the water, thirty feet downstream, and my fly line is floating away from me. The backing had parted from the fly line. The knot had given way. So with fly rod in hand, I run to get my line.

I’ve never run that fast, in water, in my life. I reached the line and pulled in the slack.That fish was still on! I think when the pressure released from my line, the fish felt it was free and didn’t try to make a run for it.  Now what the heck do I do? No rod and I’ve got a monster attached. I wrap the line around my left hand several times to secure it and with my right hand I slowly coax the big guy in. This is all so surreal. He makes a couple more runs. I knew that without a rod and holding the fly line in my hands, that there wasn’t much chance of me getting a good look at this fish. But I just had to know how big he was, at least. After another five minutes or so, he was tiring, and so was I. I got him into my view, and it was a monster channel cat. I’ve never caught a channel cat in the  Denver S.Platte.

I had him ten feet or so from me and I got my net ready. I need three hands. This thing was  8-10 inches wide at the head and 32-34 inches long. My heart’s beating about out of my body, but I’m trying to maintain steady pressure. Now, I’ve got him four feet straight in front of me. We’re looking at each other, eye to eye. Remember, no rod. By now he’s so close that I’m holding him, with my leader, a 2X. I slip the net under him,  and I’ve got him! He makes one last thrash. He’s on the rim of the net. Leader in one hand, net in the other, can you picture this? He’s momentarily straddling the rim of the net and damn, it’s 50-50. He falls off of the rim,  and swims away slowly, very slowly.

I don’t know how to figure his size, 30 pounds maybe. As he swam away, I gave him a strong salute and thanked him for the battle. I salute all of my big fish. I figure they have earned it…..And the beat goes on … for both of us!



Favorite Electro Shocking the South Platte

Division of Wildlife shock the Denver South Platte near Florida Avenue. The yellow probe is thrown, retrieved, and stunned fish rise to the surface, are netted, measured, and returned alive to the river.

   “My Home Waters”

By Ronnie Crawford –  October 2012

I have been lobbying Paul Winkle of Colorado Parks and Wildlife to take a look at, the Overland Park neighborhood, part of the Denver S. Platte (DSP). The Overland Park part of the DSP is from the Dartmouth Ave. bridge, north to the Mississippi bridge. This is where the majority of the GoCo, Greenway, and Shattuck NRD money will be spent. In another three years, this section will be completely transformed into a beautiful fishing and recreational destination. It’s my home water.

We’ve walked that stretch, in the river, twice over the years. He was impressed. He told me that he had driven on both sides of the river, but never knew how beautiful it was until he walked it. We were going to electro-shock it in the spring, but, he was too busy. He said in the Fall.

On October 12th, I accompanied Paul and his crew on the electro-shocking extravaganza. I acted as guide, as I know that part of the river quite well.  We started at the big drop, just south of the Florida bridge and worked the stream down past the Santa Fe bridge, a quarter mile or so.

I’ve never seen this type of operation. They use an aluminum boat with a generator on board to create low voltage electric power. A negative probe is hung over the side of the boat and then one of the crew throws a positive probe, like a spear, 20-30 feet and retrieves it slowly through the water, past the fish. As it comes close to them, they lose there power and drift to the top. Then, they are scooped up by two crew members, with long handled nets, and put in a holding well onboard. All Carp and Suckers are ignored.

With the heat of the summer and low flows, I didn’t know what to expect. Well, did I get my eyes opened. Many many smallmouth Bass of all sizes, some largemouth Bass, a darter, a Perch, and a big Channel catfish were logged into the official record. Of note here is that there were no Rainbows, Browns, or Walleye to surface, all of which I’ve caught there before. I just knew that the trout had perished due to the high water temps and the low flows, during the summer.

Paul stated that there will be no stocking of smallmouth because they are obviously reproducing. We found them from 3 to 15 inches. The Perch and the Walleye are the odd ones, as they are escapees of Chatfield. I lobbyed for some more channel cats, to keep the bait fisherman busy. He gave that one, a maybe.

“In all of our studies, Rainbow trout are what attracts people to our water’s. Its what people dream of, when they think of, Rocky Mountain fishing”, replied Paul. Trout sell, and keep the fly shops open, to sell gear and licenses. According to Paul, Trout are the money generators. So, Rainbows and fingerling Browns are going to be stocked, in this part of the DSP, for the first time ever, next year.

Well, after they had packed-up and gone, I was so psyched up that I had to fish. I have not caught a trout, in the DSP, since the middle of June! I started by standing on the bike path and looking down into a hole near the Florida bridge. I saw a huge Rainbow laying there. He was probably one of the 22 inchers that I’ve caught there before. I gave him a try, but he wasn’t interested. It was my first Rainbow sighting since June. I was all smiles. I moved downstream to the Tennessee Ave. holes. Oh, what a great day, I landed a 20 and a 17 inch Rainbow in about an hour. I don’t know what changed, because I’m on that section of the river 4-5 times a week all summer, and no trout. It seems like a miracle that these fish survived the summer. All summer, I fussed that the trout had all died. They are much stronger than I gave them credit for.

See all the photos of this shocking report here.