Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Project Healing Waters

Last night I was able to spend a few hours with Project Healing Waters Ft.Carson/Colorado Springs. This was my first time with the program and it was a shock ad even chocked me up when I saw all the great anglers willing to take time out of their lives to work with American Heroe's. The group leaders spoke about their roles in the program and how important the volunteer mentors are. I think I was the youngest person in the meeting so I was a little nervous about what they would think about me. I was nervous for no reason because the guys were great! When the official meeting was over everyone started visiting and talking about fish so I made my way to the front of the group to talk with the leaders. After introducing my self I was at ease and calmed down enough to talk fishing and offer my time to them. I sadly wont be here long enough to work with these guys but when I get to Utah I will be very involved possibly starting a chapter my self. I believe this program willmake a big impression on the participants and since I am far from a soldier I will do what I can for the real protectors of our country.

This week I have also started working on my drift boat.My dad and I have sanded and ground away some bad  spots. We have made some great repairs on the inside and out. I am hoping to have it ready for interior paint by thursday. I will put some pics of my progress. The exterior paint is a week away I hope. Sage and  Holdan want to put painted hand prints on the bow so that will be the finishing touch.  Thanks for reading I hope your enjoying the water.  Tight lines!!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Days before the tournament

The fishing this weekend has been great. We have landed lots of nice rainbows and a few beautiful browns. On the 9 of February there is a tournament on the tailwater. I have seen hundreds of anglers enjoying the water. I had a bit of a run in with a kind of ignorant guy but that comes with that many people on the water. The air temps have been in the 20's in the morning and warming up to the mid 50's in the heat of the day. 

Our flies have not changed very much except for the sizes. The lead fly has been a #20 bead head zebra midge followed by #22 red jujube midge. The fish seem to be in pre spawn mode. I have caught them all over the river but most of my big fish have been in deep runs with some good structure in it. I have enjoyed sight fishing to some huge rainbows and after what seems like hours I hook up and the patience pays off. I really like streamer fishing but have only caught a few in the early morning and late evening. With the tournament this weekend we are skipping fishing and are going to work on the drift boat and get it ready for new paint and a new season. 

My new friend Brian Mowers has added my blog to his shop website so if your reading this because of him thank you and share it with your friends please. I am hoping to have some new fly patterns this week so pics will be posted! Thank you for reading I hope your fishing adventures are great and full of tight lines.