|More Colorado fly fishing
|September 29, 2006
Colorado Fly Fishing
for Kokanee Salmon
Katie with her first Colorado Kokanee salmon caught fly fishing.
Kokanee salmon caught in Colorado by Colorado fly fishing guide Tad Howard
Big Kokanee salmon photo.
Toothy Kokanee salmon...Watch your fingers!
Cool Kokanee salmon picture.
Katie with a big 20 inch Kokanee on The South Platte River in Colorado.
September 29, 2006
South Platte River (Dream Stream)
Very nice, sunny day, not much wind!
Water temps around 54 degrees. Visibility very good.
Today was a fun fish day with my wife, Katie. It was a beautiful day! We took
a few hours off and decided to give fly fishing for Colorado Kokanee salmon a
try. The fish have moved into the Dream Stream section of the South Platte
River from Eleven Mile Reservoir. The DOW is currently trapping the
Kokanee salmon to harvest eggs and sperm for their hatchery program.
There were still plenty of salmon to go around.
Simple nymph rigs with indicators seemed to be the ticket with 90-95% of fish
being caught in the mouth. Small egg patterns with #18 nymph dropper
caught lots of Kokanee Salmon and several bonus trout including a nice 17
inch brown trout.
Colorado DOW agents involved in the salmon collection indicated that no
large brown trout have shown up yet, but should start showing themselves in
the next couple of weeks.
Kokanee salmon are the landlocked cousin of the Sockeye salmon, which is
well known in Alaska. A few hours fly fishing for Kokanee salmon is a nice
change for a day, so go give them a try. Good numbers have been reported
in the East River, and a few have shown up in the Blue River as well.
Our fall trout fishing has been spectacular so give us a call 303-325-5515
and get out on a Colorado fly fishing trip before winter sets in!