Trip Lead: Kevin Yarbrough
Participants: 6 (4 participants & 2 volunteers)
Dates: May 22 – 24, 2020
Location: Walden, CO. Elevation: 8,100 feet.
Lodging: The Sportsman’s Retreat in the town of Walden. The bedrooms are all upstairs at the lodge where we will be staying. If you have mobility issues and can’t easily get up and down the stairs, there is actually quite a bit of room on the main floor, including a hide-a-bed couch or room for a cot. Meals will be at various local eateries.
The Fishery: We will probably be fishing DeLaney Buttes and local reservoirs. There is some accessibility for the mobility challenged. Night fishing is likely if we decide to go after big Brown trout. The huge forest fire burned the area around the mountain lake we like to go to, but the road was opened by season’s end.
Flies: Chironomids 10, 12, 14 in red, black, and purple; leeches in size 10-14 black; Scuds in tan, pink, and grey sizes 12, 14, and 16. An angler should carry standard pheasant tail patterns (especially flashbacks) in brown and olive, sizes 14 and 16; plus some Hare’s Ears in the same sizes and colors. For night fishing, a mouse pattern and some big streamers are a good idea. According to the folks at Cutthroat Anglers, “The lakes have prolific damselfly, Callibaetis, and chironomid hatches. When no hatch is present, anglers will find fish nymphing weed beds and drop offs.”