Fly Fishing 101 Class: Saturday June 7th and July 12th, from 10:00am - 3:00pm
This class is ideal for those looking to get into fly fishing but just don't know where to begin. A little upfront explaination on the equipment, terminology, knots and rigging, fly selection and fly casting can go a long way to shortening the learning curve. This is a 4 - 5 hour group class that includes an hour of fly casting instruction on dry land. All equiment is provided and no previous experience is needed to take this class. The cost is $50/person (OR Free with a qualifying purchase!) and class size is limited to 6 people. Call or stop by the shop to reserve your spot.
Entomology 101: Sunday June 28th
This class focuses on the basic identification and lifecycles of the common aquatic insects and the patterns that imitate them. We will start in the shop to observe preserved specimens, match to common fly patterns, and discuss hatch timing and corresponding water temperatures. From there the class will move to the water for some hands learning. To ensure quality instruction, class size is limited to 8 participants. This is a 3 hour class and the cost is $25, or $35 for the class plus a starter entomology kit, including insect preservative and specimen vials.
Top Waters to Fish This Month
The reservoir is finally turning on for bass as they are just starting to move into shallower water in preparation of the spawn. Steamers worked close to the bottom are producing the best results but the topwater action should turn on very soon. The carp are still actively spawning and have been hard to entice thus far. I'm guessing we should see them looking to feed more confidently in the next week or two.
It won't be long before we see runoff kick into high gear through Big Horn Sheep Canyon, but thus far water clarity has been good most days and there are lots of feeding fish along the edges. There has been some great caddis hatches on the warmer days and the BWO's are still hatching on a daily basis. With that said, the fish are feeding very opportunistically and throwing large nymphs, dries and streamers can often be more productive that matching the hatch.
South Park Reservoirs
Elevenmile, Spinney and Antero are some of the most productive lakes in the Southern Rocky Mountains and they are all within a two hour drive of Pueblo. This time of year wade fishing these lakes can be just as productive, or not more so, than fishing from a float tube or boat. Most fish are cruising within 20 yards of the bank in 3 to 8 feet of water. Streamers are great searching flies and on the right days will be all you need to keep your rod bent. When you find the fish but they are being more passive, a tandem nymph rig using scud, chironomid, or egg imitations can be the ticket.