Tough Eastern Beastly Boys Tangle With Truculent Colorado Trout!

Late August 2022

For some of my earlier outings on Carnero Creek and the South Fork of the South Platte River, see: https://hooknfly.com/2022/07/21/south-park-under-the-radar/ and https://hooknfly.com/2021/07/22/into-the-backcountry-day-3-prospecting-for-trout-on-carnero-creek-near-del-norte-co/

This past August I hosted fishing buddies from the East Coast, Steve Spanger and Paul Hughes, in their quest to catch some manly, muscular Colorado trout. Under my watchful eye and refereeing to ensure no funny business, they chased their quarry on the South Arkansas River, Carnero Creek, and the South Fork of the South Platte. In three pugnacious, fish-filled days, the eastern contingent proved up to the challenge, catching and releasing dozens of fiesty fish including a 17-inch brown plus a rare two-species double (brown and cuttbow) by Mr. Spanger and a slam by Mr. Hughes (brown, brook, and cuttbow in one day). A quartet of flies proved to be the downfall of many hungry trout.

The Fab Four (from top clockwise): Chubby Chernobyl, Dirk’s Delight (CDC hotwire caddis), Royal Stimulator, and Sparkle Caddis Larva

All-in-all, it was a fun time with two gentlemanly anglers who also proved their mettle by dodging amorous llama to reach the water one day as well downing copious amounts of Colorado brews and a variety of fruits of the vine in post-fishing celebrations. Here’s a slide show with a little music that captures the spirit of the week. Hats off to the beastly boys from the East.

2 thoughts on “Tough Eastern Beastly Boys Tangle With Truculent Colorado Trout!

  1. Hey Chris, great job on the recap of our assault on those very challenging Colorado creeks. You’re right my friend, none of this happens without your wise council and support. I don’t know of anyone who researches more thoroughly and expends the necessary sweat equity to uncover the secrets of those wonderful creeks. As always, you made us look good. Thank you

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