Sunday, February 4, 2007 – South Platte River, Deckers
40 degrees in the morning – almost 50 by mid-day. About 148 cfs (clear) above muddy Creek, and almost 200 cfs (off color) below muddy Creek.
Caught 2 fish, both rainbows, one 13 inches, one 15 inches. Size 20 tan zebra and size 20 red zebra black head.
Fished for three hours with Cabo. Met Chad and Quinn down in Deckers down the dirt road and up and over the hill right before the opening to the mini canyon. Big crowds - which was surprising. Lots of spin rodders and some older guys who looked like they knew what they were doing, but jumped in the nxt hole next to me no further than 40 feet. The water seemed much warmer than usual, even the dog stood in the water quite a bit without shaking. Since it has been easily 5 weeks since the last time I fished, it was good to see fish in the river and feeding, and having the chance to catch them.
The first fish I caught within minutes of starting - in the shallow runs right after the huge rock. The second fish I caught at the little island just before the fast stretch that enters the canyon. I could see the fish and I just had to get in the right spot to hook him. He was hooked quickly and I landed him and showed him to Cabo. She curled up her lip and acted like she wanted to bite him - but she's too chicken too. I put the fish in the water and she face dived under to try and find it.
We moved down to the rest area right down river of the fly shop. The water was really off color - and I didn't catch anything. It was almost 1pm by now, and I told Chad I was out of there. Chad was done too - and we climbed out of there - there was about 3 feet of snow still in some areas. Cabo loved it - playing fetch with pine cones and trying to get my attention the entire time I fished. I needed to get home for the SB - so I headed out.
I forgot to mention that I did see a bald eagle as I was driving down - it was about a 1/4 mile down river from the fly shop - very cool sight.