Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
Sundula on Sep 3, 2006September 3rd, 2006, 7:47 am EDT
I only fished a couple of hours but it was fishing great. I was using a 2 fly rig, a #16 Pheasant tail, dropped with a #20 Mercury RS2. I was dead drifting through the riffles, and retreiving in the pools and tail outs, and was successful with both presentations.
Troutnut on Sep 3, 2006September 3rd, 2006, 3:58 pm EDT
That's a beautiful trout! Which fly did it take?
Thanks for posting. I've always wanted to fish Colorado. I was out there once when I was about 12 and I have a really vivid memory of watching trout swim around in the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park. I had never caught a trout before at that time, but I really wanted to.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Sundula on Sep 3, 2006September 3rd, 2006, 6:16 pm EDT
It took a #20 Mercury RS2 with 7x tippet, it is one of Pat Dorsey's creations, it is a great all around fly. I use it as my main prospecting fly. My favorite size is a #22. I caught it on the retreive about 16" under the surface, after watching some browns take emergers. I felt bad because it swallowed the fly, and it took longer than i liked to net, but I took great care in reviving it. I held on to it's tail and kept moving water past the gills for about 60 seconds. Then in a flash it was gone, I was just as happy knowing that it would be fine as I was catching it. This was the first cutthroat I have ever caught and to date the largest trout I have ever netted.
As a side note you have a great web site and I have been veiwing it for about a year and a half, it sits in my favorites and is veiwed at least once a week.
Keep up the good work, and I wish you tight lines!