May 31, 2011
Colorado Trout Hunters
Colorado
Fly Fishing Trip Report
Date:  
May 31, 2011
Location:  
High Mountain Lakes (Private)
Call 303-325-5515 for guide trip bookings
Number of Anglers:
1
Guide:
Tad Howard
Weather:  
Cool in am and getting warmer as the day progressed
Lake Condition:
2-3 feet of visibility
Report:  
Cool temperatures greeted us as we started the day early, fly fishing at
just under 10,000 feet elevation. Almost as soon as we entered the
water, the fish let us know we had made the right call by getting up
early and hitting the lake.  The ice had only been off the lake for about
2 days, and the trout were eager to feed after a long winter in the high-
country.

Jim Keller of Keller Kustom Fly Rods was the lucky angler who was the
first rod of the season on the lake. It was a treat to watch an artfully
made 4wt bamboo rod put to the test on some absolutely beautiful high
country trout.

The trout were feeding subsurface, but that should change as things
warm up in the next few days and the bugs begin to hatch.

There were several highlights, including a camera-shy mega-bow that  
found its way back into the lake before any photos were taken. We did
manage to get the lake slam: cut-bow, rainbow, brook trout, and
cutthroat trout, as well as some big bookies who made it through the
winter in good shape. All in all, it was a great day on the water!

In trout news:
There is still a large amount of snow in the high country. This amount of
snow means some higher water in the streams in the short term -- and
hopefully great fishing all summer in the long term.  The lakes are iced
off and starting to fish well, which should continue for the next several
weeks. Look for good fishing but high water on front range tailwaters as
the snow melt makes its way through the system. The west slope rivers
in Colorado are VERY high right now.
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Testimonial:
I can’t thank you enough for everything!!!! I am so grateful that our
paths have crossed!!! Thanks for lessons on and off the river and on
and off the lake!!!
Many Thanks,
-Jim. K
Keller bamboo 4 wt in action.
Old male brook trout. Great high mountain catch!
Cutthroat trout picture.
Big fish on the bamboo!