Fishing Information

Colorado Fly Fishing - Bait Huckin vs. Fly Fishin


It was one of those fishing trips. You know, everyone catches fish but you, you loose six or eight of your most expensive streamers, it rains buckets, and you sink the boat. That's right; I got skunked at Steamboat Lake over Memorial weekend.

I was determined to show those meat huckers (worms and power bait) that a well chosen and strategically placed fly was as effective as anything a conventional fisherman could load on a hook and hang under a bobber. Well, no such luck, I got stomped.

The fish were rising like mad on a midge hatch, and I threw everything in the box at them. I could swear I saw a hefty rainbow nudge my fly to the side to eat the natural laying only centimeters from my damn near perfect replica. As we watched the group of 12 year olds add another 18" fish to their stringer (full loaded, I might add) I decided it must be a lake thing. I don't fish lakes often.

I usually have good luck with a streamer in faster moving water, so I head for one on the several tributaries hoping to get the boat up far enough to make a make a few good casts. No such luck, here comes the wind. Determined and frustrated, I proceed to lose several of my best streamers in the dense shrubbery surrounding the mouth of the creek (can't retrieve them since the current is too strong to get the boat any further up the creek).

On the way back to camp we are passed by a couple of boats with stringers of fish crashing off the bows of their boats (hmmm, are they just rubbing it my face, or are they tenderizing the meat?)Questioning my decision to become a fly fisherman, I head over to the dock to pick up my 5 year-old son and a fresh styro of night crawlers. I'll let my son fish the meat before I crumble and load one up on the spinner myself. Surprising, no luck with the meat either, and hear comes the rain. I throw my arms up and ponder my karma activity of the past year.

We charge for shore as the lake turns to white caps. The rain and lightning moves in fast. Did I mention that we got the boat for free and have no clue what to do in the rain? We pull the boat up close to shore near our camp, outside of the no-wake zone. We leave all of our gear and head for the soggy camp.

Well, apparently it's best to leave your boat in protected cove in the no wake zone. From what we could tell, our boat was hammered with 300 to 400 gallons of water from the waves and boat wakes from boaters rushing back to the dock. Yes, it sank in 18 inches of water. I didn't realize a boat could sink in 18" of water! All of our gear is floating around the shore. The gas tank and gear which included an Orvis waste pack with hmmmm, some 500 plus flies. Every box any fly had to be opened and dried on the dashboards of our trucks.

We bail the boat, load the truck and haul our soggy gear and crippled egos back home.

Next memorial day, it's back to the river!!!

Rick Chapo is with http://www.nomadjournals.com - makers of small, compact fly fishing journals, hiking journals, rock climbing journals, travel journals, bird watching journals and more.


MORE RESOURCES:

Dozens of bills could affect hunting, fishing, trapping  Glens Falls Post-Star

The New York State Assembly's Environmental Conservation Committee has more than 240 bills before it in the 2019 session, and dozens of those would affect ...


A Keys fishing boat was in a protected area, the Coast Guard says. It had other problems  Miami Herald

A 83-foot commercial fishing vessel, named Lady Kristie, with three people aboard, was stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard Thursday after it was spotted in a ...


Florida passes beach-based shark fishing rules  Daytona Beach News-Journal

Anglers hoping to hook a shark from a Florida beach will face increased scrutiny and need a special license after the state's first shore-based shark fishing rules ...


Fishing Tournaments for February 22  The Augusta Chronicle

T-H MarineFLW Bass Fishing LeagueSavannah River DivisionMarch 2, Wildwood ParkTournament hosted by Columbia County Board of Commissioners.


Fishing report: The cobia run is underway  Florida Today

Snapper, snook and redfish action has been excellent.


North Iowa fishing report for Feb. 22  Mason City Globe Gazette

Beeds Lake: Due to the excessive snowfall, the Beeds Lake campground road will be closed until snow melt.


High water fishing can be super  Bastrop Daily Enterprise

If the weatherman is correct, this week will see a ton of rain in and around our area which could play havoc with owners of low-lying property, especially if there's ...


Marooned in Manitoba: Canadians reach out to revive North Dakota...  Grand Forks Herald

DICKINSON, N.D. — What started as a dream fishing expedition to the icy waters of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, quickly turned into a nightmare for one Dickinson ...


FISHING WARNING: France promises ‘LAW OF JUNGLE’ and says UK fishermen face BREXIT BAN  Express.co.uk

PARIS will “support” its fishermen in the event of a hard Brexit, foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said as he issued a warning to Britain.


Fishing and pollution regulations don't help corals cope with climate change: New research suggests a different approach to protecting reef-building corals  Science Daily

A new study reports that protecting coral reefs from fishing and pollution does not help coral populations cope with climate change. The study also concludes ...


Wisconsin Fishing Expo takes over the Alliant Energy Center  WKOW

MADISON (WKOW) — You don't have to daydream about summertime fishing any longer. The largest fishing expo in the midwest is happening in Madison.


Fishing Report: A drum roll, please  St. Augustine Record

The St. Johns River and area lakesMost all the attention this week is on the speckled perch bite. They're bedding in Lake Lochloosa, Dead Lake and likely ...


Berks fishing and hunting: February 22, 2019  Reading Eagle

A look to outdoor happenings in an around Berks County.


WOODS 'N' WATER: Women adding to surge in fishing's popularity  Meriden Record-Journal

This one is for the ladies. Did you know that more and more females are taking to fishing in the U.S.? I can see it in my trips around Connecticut and elsewhere.


Florida bans shore-based 'chum' fishing for sharks  Sun Sentinel

Shore-based anglers will no longer be able to use fish parts, bones and blood to attract sharks, as critics of shark fishing would like to see lines cast farther away ...


From fishing village to gastronomic heaven: tables turn for Wolfgat  Reuters

In a small fishing village on South Africa's rugged west coast, restaurateur Kobus van der Merwe is struggling to process his meteoric rise to gastronomic ...


'Not-so-normal' weather impacting fishing | News  Mohave Valley News

BULLHEAD CITY — Rusty Braun had an appropriate phrase for the recent weather in the Tri-state.


Hunting & Fishing Report: Reflecting on the Golden Dog Years  Centralia Chronicle

When I bought my first dog I was young and bored. I thought I knew everything and the world was a place to be conquered. When Layla died in the.


Governor proposes redirecting money from fishing communities to state  Kenai Peninsula Online

The governor is proposing taking fishing tax money from municipalities and directing it to the state to help balance his budget. Senate Bill 63, backed by Gov.


High winds mean 'there should be nobody on Saginaw Bay' ice fishing this weekend  MLive.com

With west winds gusting over 50 mph, there should be nobody on Saginaw Bay this weekend," MLive Chief Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa said Friday, Feb. 22.


What a time for those into bass fishing  Gainesville Sun

While February can be good for redfish, trout and sheepshead, it is much more loved by freshwater fishers obsessed with heavy-bodied speckled perch and ...


Hilton Head charter captain finds unlikely fishing buddies — a dolphin mom and baby  Greenville News

While splashing in the shallow waters off Hilton Head Island may be common behavior for dolphins, it's not something the average person sees everyday .


Why North Carolinian boats are fishing off New Jersey's coast, and how a CSF might help: Fishing boats now travel more than 250 miles to catch the fish that used to be in local waters  Science Daily

Date: February 19, 2019; Source: Princeton University; Summary: By studying the logbooks of fishing boats, researchers found that some fishing boats travel ...


Get Caught on Fly Fishing  Minnesota Monthly

Need a new Minnesota hobby for spring? This is why Ashley Peters and so many others are up to their knees in fly fishing.


Fishing in the Park event brings families together  The Killeen Daily Herald

It was a cold morning Saturday, but that did not stop residents from fishing at City Park in the duck pond.


Today in history: Pilgrim's Village to open fishing shop  Cadillac News

Feb. 22, 1919. On another page of this issue of the Evening News is printed the architect's drawing of the proposed new Methodist church building. It has been ...


Cancer, company create crowd at ice fishing event  Alexandria Echo Press

Jon Velde jumped at the chance to participate in an ice fishing event organized by Alexandria Industries employees a dozen years ago. He had two big reasons ...


Monmouth ice fishing derby aims to take 'kids out for a fun day at fishing'  Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

The fish in Cochnewagon Pond in Monmouth had better look out Saturday when area children will try their hands at ice fishing during Jack Traps' annual youth ...


Projections of low spring Chinook returns limit Columbia River fishing seasons  Chinook Observer

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today approved a sport fishery for spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River that ...


Keiki Fishing Tournament to Raise Money for Maui United Way  Maui Now

Maui Electric and Kā'anapali Golf Courses are inviting keiki to cast their poles at their 10th Annual Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament on Saturday, May 11.


Capt. Hubbard speaks to History Bytes crowd about fishing through the years  Boca Beacon

... □ BY SUE ERWIN. Capt. Van Hubbard remembers when catching fish in Boca Grande was pretty easy to do back in the day – albeit not nearly as comfortable ...


Spring chinook fishing zone on lower Columbia River to be cut in half, changes take effect March 1  OregonLive

Oregon and Washington are restricting spring chinook fishing seasons on the lower Columbia River, but Oregon will leave fishing open seven days per week on ...


Battle on Bago winter fishing tournament returns to the Fox Valley lakes for 12th season  The Oshkosh Northwestern

The 12th annual Battle on Bago winter fishing tournament kicks off Thursday night with a concert at Menominee Park in Oshkosh.


Local News Get your fishing poles, free fishing in New York Anthony Reyes 12:34 PM  WKBW-TV

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced as part of its "Free Fishing Days" fishing in New York State will be free this ...


European Nymphing: The Hot Fly Fishing Technique Explained  GearJunkie

European nymphing is catching on and catching fish. Here's how and why you should try the trending technique of euro nymphing.


Students learn nuances of fly fishing  goskagit.com

MOUNT VERNON — Conditions were ideal for the casting portion of the beginning fly fishing class taught by the Fidalgo Fly Fishers.


The hunt for the fish pirates who exploit the sea  BBC News

For 10 years, a rogue fishing vessel and its crew plundered the world's oceans, escaping repeated attempts of capture. Then a dramatic pursuit finally netted the ...


DNR looks at three options to keep walleye fishing open on Mille Lacs this summer  Minneapolis Star Tribune

ISLE, MINN. – Three Mille Lacs walleye angling options for the open-water season beginning in May were presented to a stakeholders group here Tuesday ...


OSU study: Drop in fishing's catch of seabirds reverses  KTVZ

A collaborative effort among the fishing industry, scientists and resource managers has led to a significant reduction in seabird bycatch in Alaskan longline ...


North Carolinian boats are now fishing off New Jersey's coast  Princeton University

By studying where people are fishing, Talia Young and colleagues found that some fishing boats travel more than 250 miles to catch the fish that used to be in ...


Sea-Doo unveils watercraft built for fishing at 2019 Detroit Boat Show  Detroit Free Press

Just last summer, Nick Carnacchi turned PVC pipes into a makeshift fishing rod rack and attached the contraption to his Sea-Doo, so his personal watercraft ...


Google is building a solar power project above fishing ponds in Taiwan, its first in Asia  CNBC

Google is the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world, and now the technology giant is building its first solar power project in Asia, directly ...


Fish population survey data available for North Dakota anglers  INFORUM

It's human nature to look for available information and tips when it comes to finding spots to fish and learning what might or might not work to catch them.


Bundle up: Michigan to offer free fishing this weekend  WXYZ Detroit

Michigan will offer free fishing this weekend, Feb. 16 and 17.


The tides might be changing, but it’s time for celebration at Cortez Fishing Festival  Bradenton Herald

In the historic fishing village of Cortez, fishermen face a number of issues, including red tide, development and water quality. This year's fishing festival is aimed ...


20 Great Fishing Boats at the 2019 Miami International Boat Show  Sport Fishing

While a gallery of all the capable outboard fishing boats at the monster 2019 Miami International Boat Show would be a bit overwhelming, check out this ...


A Beginner’s Guide to Paddle Tail Swimbaits  Wired2Fish

Whether bass fishing from the bank or a 20-foot boat, Davy Hite ranks the paddle tail swimbait as one the best and easiest baits to fish. We caught up with Hite at ...


Inside an ice fishing expedition at one of the best Idaho lakes to try your luck  KTVB.com

Bob and Robin Shindelar of Meridian have a number of "secret spots" where they swear the perch are quick to bite.


Mets star Noah Syndergaard catches massive fish  Times Union

Thor dropped the hammer on a monster fish of the Florida coast. Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard known by the Nordic nickname pulled up a goliath grouper ...


Sea and sustainable fishing at Med Cooking 2019 - Environment - ANSAMed  ANSAmed

NAPLES - Safeguarding the sea by feeding the Mediterranean is the objective behind the 2019 edition of the Med Cooking Congress, the itinerant event that ...


CDFW: Learn the fine for a too-tiny lobster  Redding Record Searchlight

California Department of Fish and Wildlife agents answer your questions.


FWP encourages women to get outdoors with ice fishing class  NBC Montana

Ice fishing is one of the ways people can get out and have fun during the winter. On Saturday in Kalispell, plenty of women were out on the ice learning how it ...


Researchers find shiny rare fish on Cape Cod  The Boston Globe

A pair of researchers stumbled upon silvery lightfish, whose last recorded sighting in Massachusetts was in the 1800s, they said.


Wakefield Fire Department holds fishing contest  Your Daily Globe.com

By BRYAN HELLIOS news@yourdailyglobe.com WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Fire Department held its 10th annual fishing contest on Saturday on Sunday ...


Folks have cool time at Sullivan ice-fishing contest  Times Herald-Record

WHITE LAKE - For Peter Hamling, fishing with his father while he was growing up was a great way to bond and relax."Can't beat it," he said.Now as a father ...


Fake surf fishing turning Delaware's beaches into parking lots, critics say  The News Journal

Over the last few years, a battle has been brewing for prime beach property. But those in charge say no matter what changes are made, you can't make ...


Russia seizes South Korea fishing boat  UPI News

South Korea is in diplomatic discussions with Russia following the seizure of a South Korean fishing boat by Russian authorities.


Reeling in the bucks: As St. Augustines reputation as a fishing destination grows, so does business  St. Augustine Record

Fishing may be giving St. Augustine's reputation as a destination for historic tourism a run for its money.Those in the industry speculate there may be a couple of ...


PAUL NELSON FISHING: Snow leads to slush problems on area la...  Bemidji Pioneer

More snow has not helped the ice conditions on lakes in the Bemidji area. The extended forecast does not offer much hope for melting, with no warm up ...


Falklands ship explosion: Fireball erupts - 5 missing after fishing in British waters  Express.co.uk

The fire on the doomed Taiwanese fishing boat is believed to have been caused by an explosion in the machine room whilst sailing in the South Atlantic on ...


For the love of fishing | News, Sports, Jobs  Minot Daily News

You name it. He's probably got it in his collection or is hoping to find one. Duane Biewer, Minot, has an extensive collection of fishing tackle that includes.


Stop the Impeachment Fishing Expedition  The Wall Street Journal

Congress has no business investigating the president for conduct that occurred before he took office.


Fish Rap: Anglers finding smoother sailing, casting  Santa Cruz Sentinel

The recent series of big storms seems to be over, at least for now. After weeks of huge waves, heavy currents and howling winds, local anglers can look forward ...


Caribbean Mango Grilled Fish  FOX 4 News

The folks at On The Border are helping us celebrate National Margarita Day with margarita specials and a delicious fish dish.


Fishing is free in Oregon this weekend; Presidents Day not included  OregonLive

Anglers and shell-fishers (crabbing, clamming) won't need licenses or tags on Saturday or Sunday anywhere in Oregon.


Seasonal safi and sheri fishing ban starts March 1  gulfnews.com

Dubai: The annual fishing and trade ban on Arabian safi and sheri fish will come into effect again this year from March 1 to April 30. The ban, which coincides ...


UN experts condemn Ireland's migrant fishing workers scheme  The Guardian

System leaves migrant workers vulnerable to modern slavery, four UN special rapporteurs say.


Shoelace, Glue Traps: Fort Lee Detective, Officer Nab Postal Box Fishing Thieves  Daily Voice

Fighting the growing trend of check thefts from postal boxes, Fort Lee police nabbed a Teaneck man and a companion who they said had collected a bundle with ...


Minnesota man catches huge sturgeon while ice fishing  KFYR-TV

ST. CROIX RIVER, Minn. - A Minnesota man pulls in a huge sturgeon while ice fishing. Darren Troseth says he caught a 6.5-foot, 120-pound sturgeon from the ...


Anglers fined almost £8,000 for fishing without a licence  Stoke-on-Trent Live

Two anglers from Staffordshire were among those netted when Environment Agency officers carried out checks at fishing spots.


Hook and Hunting: Cash Bash Ice Fishing Tournament Happens This Weekend  9&10 News

An opportunity to ice fish and benefit a local Cadillac organization this weekend through the Cash Bash Ice Fishing Tournament. This is the seventh year for ...


From 'jigging' to 'hole-hopping,' here are the ice fishing terms you need to know  KTVB.com

To the untrained ear, ice fishing terms and phrases sound unfamiliar enough to almost be a different language.


30-inch pike clinches first place in kids fishing derby (7 photos)  TimminsToday

5-year-old Olivia Eide wins 8th annual Timmins Fur Council Kids Fishing Derby.


FISH moving food pantry to St. Bernard | News  Journal Review

After a half-century of feeding local families from the basement of a downtown church, the FISH Food Pantry is getting a new home. The pantry will move to St.


Kenai River early-run king salmon fishing will be limited to catch-and-release  Anchorage Daily News

The restrictions, which include a bag-and-possession limit of one hatchery king on the Kasilof River, are in effect from May 1 through June 30, the Alaska ...


Michigan environment roundup: Ice fishing under threat in Michigan  Bridge Michigan

The latest can't-miss journalism about Michigan's natural resources.


Ice fishing and back again, sorta: Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report  Chicago Sun-Times

Ice fishing remains the story, though it's as up and down as the weather in Chicago fishing, for this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.


Local high school fishing coach charged with sex offenses  WPSD Local 6

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — A McCracken County High School coach has been charged with sex offenses. On Thursday, the McCracken County Sheriff's ...


A hole in the ice, a chair to sit on, a book to read — ice fishing is stress-free fun  Anchorage Daily News

Sitting on the ice with my short jigging rod is the perfect place for focused meditation. The movement of the rod produces a lulling effect like counting sheep, but ...


home | site map | Ocean Photography
© 2006