Leave It To Beaver (Creek)! Near Canon City, CO

Early June 2018

Note:  For additional information about Beaver Creek fishing, see my articles from November and December 2017

 I am just back from my winter fishing haven in Everglades City, Florida.  The dust has settled from my settling back in my cabin near Salida, Colorado, and I am hankering for some trout action.  This time of year that usually means smaller creeks, because the big rivers like the Arkansas are blown out by spring runoff and too high to wade.  The choices are good this year compared to last when even the smaller creeks were running high well into July (See my 2017 blog on Silver Creek.).  Because of low snow pack and lack of rain, many nearby streams are low and clear.

I decide that Beaver Creek near Canon City, Colorado, where I had some great fishing last fall may be the ticket.  It’s only about 1 ½ hours from the cabin, and I can also catch it on the way back from Denver after visiting my son Matthew and little granddaughter Aly.  When I check the Colorado Water Talk website, I figure now rather than in July or August—Beaver Creek is already running very low at about 5 CFS—late summer conditions.  I also want to scout out the creek as a possible trip with my Matthew and Aly in a couple of weeks.  She’s about 2 ½ years old and ready to catch her first fish!!

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Legends of the Late Fall: Badger, Beaver, and Grape Creeks (near Cañon City, CO)

November/December 2017 

It’s mid-November, and I am traversing down a steep slope into the canyon where Grape Creek runs free.  It’s a balmy 50 degrees, but I’m crunching through a few inches of snow left over in shaded areas from a storm earlier in the week.

Late Fall Often Sees Snow On Shaded North-Facing Slopes

After stowing my RC Cola and Almond Joy candy bar in a snow bank,  I ease into the water.  It’s icy, and I do mean icy cold–only increasing my growing doubts about finding any willing fish.   The sun is just climbing over the canyon rim, lighting up the good-looking u-shaped pool created where the creek plunges over a riffle and head first into a big rock palisade.  I start throwing a line, and to my surprise on the third cast something big nails the caddis nymph that trails a couple of feet below the Royal Coachman Trude dry.  After a good tussle, a brightly colored 15-inch rainbow eases into the net.  All doubts evaporate.  It’s the start of another banner late fall angling escapade.

My Idea Of Ice Fishing!

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