Author: Will Rice
Saturday was our first Intermediate Clinic of the 2014 season and focused on switch and spey casting techniques for both Colorado trout and salmon or steelhead for the traveling angler. The Lower Blue is flowing at a higher-than-average level and this created the perfect scenario for switch rods. The weather was warm with some clouds and the river flows 710 CFS with off color clarity.
We spent the first half of the day getting comfortable with casting techniques, working on the switch cast, the Snap T and Double Spey. Within a couple hours, the gentlemen were all casting great, shooting line and well on their way to consistently nailing these unique casts.
In the afternoon we put their casts to the test and began fishing. The lower Blue is already a larger river, and when releases are elevated switch rods are a great tool for the job. The class found the advantages with having these more powerful rods which could handle the additional weight, long leaders and big water when nymphing. Because of their added length, mending was easy and they were able to sweep the runs cleanly and cover significantly more water than with a traditional single handed rod. When it came time for streamer fishing, they were able to carry 50’ and more in their casts with almost no backcast space.
Most fish were caught on heavily weighted nymph rigs in the seam lines and soft water on the inside of bends. Some great rainbow trout are still getting caught on the property and we expect the fishing to remain good through the end of the month.
Flies that were Productive (Pattern, size, color): Lil Kim sz. 4, Slulpzilla Tan, Black and White sz. 4, Cone head crystal buggers black sz. 6, Copper Johns sz. 14, San Juan worms.
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