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White River Colorado: Fly Fishing Report

The old man popped into town last week to get out of the Florida heat and complain about how cold the water is here. So to warm him up a bit we took a drive Northwest to Meeker, Colorado. The air temp was near 90 and thunder heads surrounded us as we slowed the truck down to 35mph  thru the town of Meeker. We stopped at the LQ for some provisions and made our way to The Green Cabins just in time for the weather to turn for the worst.Thunder, Lightning and heavy rain put on quite a show as we sipped a single barrel whiskey over looking the river. The next morning was typical beautiful Colorado Morning. Sunny and Cool. We made it to the river around 830 as the temps started to warm. Papa Mac put on waders and I looked at him cross eyed. “You know it is going to be about 90 today?” I said like a wise ass. “I am already cold, my feet are freezing.” Was the reply I got.

Tried to get a good shot but the whiskey glass felt better than the camera did in my hand

Tried to get a good shot but the whiskey glass felt better than the camera did in my hand

The river fished Ok at best. Not like I had seen it before. We mainly stripped streamers through the 2.5 miles that we fished. It was by far the most productive. The biggest fish we landed was 21-22″ Brown Trout and landed about a dozen others in the 15-17inch range. Although we didn’t keep it pinned Papa Mac and myself both stung a fish that was easily 900 lbs. The one that I pinged was a rainbow trout that nearly beached itself for my Olive Sculpzilla. It scared me so bad I had to get out of the water and put new underwear on. I yelled down to P-Mac and he came up sweating in his waders. I told him the scenario and he hopped in the hole and took a cast. Nothing. Another cast, nothing. I looked away for a moment and heard him shout. “HOLY SHIT” A Brown Trout had done the same thing as the rainbow trout that made me shat myself. Anyway those fish are still in the river and do not play nice so beware.

Brown Trout Brown Dog

Brown Trout Brown Dog

It was a good day on the water. Papa Mac who is not a big streamer fisherman is coming around. We floated the following 2 days and now I think he is a firm believer. Or as I dubbed it yesterday. “A Streamer Believer.” yeah I know. No Big Deal. On the other hand we floated the Eagle Yesterday and it was….. Much Better than the White.

streamer lip

streamer lip

River – White

Section – Franklin/ Bailey Lease (thank you Buzz)

Flies – black, olive, white, tan sculpzillas

That’s the nitty gritty – Off to Maine to see the family and have a wicked pissah time dude guy.