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Fishing skinny water…….   Leave a comment

  Although it’s not historically supported, low flows are not uncommon in the winter months on freestones and tailwaters alike.  It’s a fact of life, although it’s not always desireable or easy to fish.  You just have to employ a different mind-set.

I still fish 3 bug nymph rigs, but I will use lighter tippets (6x), smaller, bugs, and smaller indicators.  My distances between bugs diminishes because the water columns typically consolodate.  Bugs that are usually separated by 12″ are now drifting about 8″ apart.  Indicators are still yarn, but are trimmed to a low profile and are not as thick as before. 

When you locate fish in shallow water, it’s not a bad idea to scoot your indicator further up the line, or take it off altogether if the fish is unusually spooky.  Most times I’ll fish to those fish with a typical set-up, but I really focus on the set-up and fly rod flash, in an attempt to not bust fish.  Keep drifts short on sighted fish to really control your presentation.  Fish to the fish.  Meaning set on fish movement or if you see “cotton” or the white of the fishes mouth opening.

Your thermometer is a great tool this time of year.  Water temps really drive the fish feeding, so getting a good handle on your particular waters feeding temps is important.  Document that stuff, it’ll pay dividends later.

It’s a great time of year to fish.  get out and cover water, sight fish, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Winter holds….   3 comments

  Winter holds what?  Winter holds for trout.  As the water gets skinny, every trout has to move to winter holding spots to survive.  Look for deeper cuts of river downstream of an oxygenated riffle.  Or, better yet, look for fish.  Get some good polarized optics, and work on your fish spotting skills.

On the South Platte we are still seeing baetis, or Blue Wings.  Not as prolific as before, but still lurking.  Don’t be caught without the ability to change rigs quickly when you see them start to pop.

You gotta fish like a ninja from here til basically run-off, so you might as well start working on fish spotting and sight nymphing.  Sight nymphing is the epitome of nymphing.  Have to find the fish, sneak in, present bugs, and set on movement. Fish to the fish.  Great fun.  If you haven’t already, look at a short video at

I would like to hear some feedback on my podcast.  The link to listen in is  Pass it around to your friends!

Have a great week folks, you never know what WINTER HOLDS!


Posted November 13, 2012 by duaneredford in Uncategorized

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Top notch guy…   1 comment


I fished with Bob from Texas this week.  What a great guy.  We were walking in the river when we both noticed a 2 strand hunk of wire sticking out.  We began to pull on it and noticed that it crossed the entire river.  At that point, not wanting to shorten his day, I told him I would come back for it.  He wasn’t going to have any of that as he quickly stashed his fly rod and began to dislodge the wire.  After 15 or 20 minutes, we had the entire length of wire out of the river and stashed on the far bank. 

Thanks Bob for being such a great steward of one of Colorado’s gems. 

Be looking next week for some more videos!!!!



Posted August 29, 2012 by duaneredford in Uncategorized

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