Trip Report: May 15, 2006

Date: May 15, 2006

Location: Sheephorn Ranch private high mountain lakes.  Call 303-325-5515 for availability and bookings.

Number of Anglers: 2

Guide: Tad Howard

Weather: Very nice sunny day.  Temp’s in the 60’s; little wind. Great day to be out!

Lake Condition: Water temps around 40 degrees.  Visibility good.

Fishing was incredible!  The ice just came off this high mountain lake and Luther and Rowdy were the first people to fish the lake this ear.  Action was steady all morning.  Fish were eating a few dry flies, some nymphs, and we also had some good action on streamers.  Within the first 1/2 hour, Luther had landed a Master Angler Award winning brook trout that pushed the tape at 17 3/4 inches.  Many great brook trout as well as some rainbow trout and cut-bow trout were landed.  Rowdy, out for his second time fly-fishing ever, managed to land a Master Angler Award winning fish as well–a brook trout that taped at an even 18 inches.  He also landed the big fish of the day on a scud (the beautiful 22 inch thick cut-bow pictured below).

Action late in the day far surpassed the morning.  Fish were being hooked on almost every cast.  A great hatch came off and the fish were feeding heavily.  The net man was busy and the fish looked to have wintered well and were in very good condition coming into the season.  Fishing should be very good at the ranch through the short summer and is a great spot for beginners and experts alike.  The only drawback is that it can completely spoil the fisherman!

First double of the morning great start!

Great afternoon double!

18 inch master angler brook trout!

22 inch beautiful cut-bow trout caught by Rowdy.

Nice rainbow trout!

Luther with another great brook trout.

Big brook trout–one of many in the 16 inch range.