Fish, fish and more, well, other stuff. We all floated the Rio Grande and the river came into shape just in time. Saying the fishing was fantastic is a monumental understatement. The stones (multiple species), flavs, drakes and PMDs are coming off and the fish were looking up.
Here are just a few highlights and quotes from the trip:
“No PFD’s??? That sounds like time celebratory tequila shots” …at 10 AM.
“The Measure Net is only intended for fish.”
“He isn’t big enough to cover that grenade. He needs more surface area. Someone needs to take one for the team.”
“Why did the boat and trailer just pass the truck? So much for safety chains!”
“If I had anyone else in the front of my boat, I would tell them to tie on a brown stone and skitter it, but you should just do whatever the hell you want.”
In all seriousness, the event was great and the information that was disseminated was well worth the 8-9 hour drive (each way). Simms has some great new products coming out next year, including, flip flops and the return of felt-soled boots. If you get the opportunity to visit the Creede/South Fork area of Colorado, do it. It is a beautiful area.
I got the chance to fish with some of the best guides I have ever met, like Mike McCormick from Wolf Creek Anglers. Also Joe Delling and Mark Engler from Duranglers. I never laugh as much as I do when I fish with Joe. Also, Mark, for those that don’t know, is the inventor of the WD-40 fly pattern. I have heard lots of rumors about what the WD stood for, but I wanted to ask the man himself. He confirmed what I had heard, but unfortunately, I won’t be repeating it here.
I have got my trout fishing fix for a good while…now back to the warmwater.