With the Hunters in the Hills, It’s Prime Time to Go Fishing
by Gus Jarvis
Sep 17, 2009 | 1407 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

This may be the best season for outdoor enthusiasts. The air is cool and crisp in the morning and there is slight change of color in some of the aspen groves in the high country. While fall officially arrives on Sept. 22, there’s no doubt that the fall season is already here.

For some, this is the time to suit up in blaze orange and head into the area forests in search of prized bear, elk and deer. For others, hunting season presents an opportune time to go fishing. Believe me, the rivers and lakes will be void of crowds because they’re all in the forest.

So if you are in the Ridgway area, head down to Billy Creek State Wildlife area for some fishing on the Uncompahgre River. Jerry and the boys over at the Ridgway Conoco say they have been seeing good action on nymph rigs.

“I have heard some great stories from Billy Creek recently,” Jerry said on Tuesday morning. “One of the guys here caught some really nice fish – two-to-three pounds – mainly on nymphs.”

Tip: With the water level in the rivers at their lowest point of the summer, many lighten up the nymph load on their rig because the flows are slower and not as deep. While this may be a fine idea, if the fishing slows down (abruptly) when you do this, make sure there is enough weight on the line to get those flies to the bottom. You want to be certain that your line is “ticking” off the bottom. This could mean the difference between a good day and a great day, and solve a lot of confusion when you think you have just the right nymph rig going.

Jerry was also happy to report that he had been down at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk earlier in the week and had a lot of luck on a variety of flies, both on the surface and subsurface. He said that the fish weren’t keyed in on any particular fly and he could throw just about anything he decided to put on the line as long as he kept switching it up. Here’s your chance to use that signature fly you tied last winter. It will more than likely work.

Finally, for those excited about the kokanee snagging season above the Ridgway Reservoir, this may be one of the best seasons in a while. The water in the Uncompahgre is as clear as Jerry can remember in his 16 years in the area. So in approximately 30 or so days, if the rains stay away and if the water remains clear, the spawning kokanee will be a sight to see for eager snaggers. Enjoy the fall season.
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