The river flush is over and the water looks great. It's super clear and the trout are moving onto the redds. Here are a couple clips of a recent outing. (I do wish the river were up to, say 750 cfs, but it looks like they are going to hold it at 500 for a bit.) The last clip shows Rocket and Jewel. Jewel did not have pups as expected, so we're trying again. PS--the fish were hitting something called Otter Eggs. (http://softmilkingegg.com/) They're really just soft egg imitations.
We used midges in size 18 and 20 to catch a few rainbows and browns over the week. The beer came from Horse and Dragon Brewery in Fort Collins. The river is in the middle of its annual flushing flows, so we avoided it and found some other places to fish. If you need to know what the fish are hitting, or to check fishing reports, check with the North Platte Anglers. They'll point you in the right direction. Jason's salmon wrap came with avocado, carrots, yogurt and gluten-free tortillas. At just 310 calories, it was a meal Rick could indulge in and not feel bad about.
Spring fishing is here. The trout are moving onto their redds on The North Platte and The Big Horn. San Juan worms, Ray Charles, scuds, and leeches were working this week. The North Platte will flush beginning this weekend. The Big Horn will begin their flush March 24th. After that, almost anyone can catch a trout.
This winter I put a GoPro on Rocket and let him clear the ducks out of the slough near where I hunt. Here is a short clip. These are all mallards. The day we went, temps were -14. On cold days like this, ducks will pile into the trees to stay warm. They roost there all night and only fly to the field to eat grain. We ended up with six greenheads that day. I would have done better, but I was fussing with the camera half of the time. So much for technology Kip.