On Halloween weekend, I got the opportunity to fish with someone new. Recently at work my company hired a new guy, who we were previously a vendor for, for a new role. This is important because he fishes. Anytime I get the opportunity to hit the water with new people it’s a cool experience. I still remember the first time I went fishing with a former co-worker, who has previously been mentioned on here. It’s always fun to get out with people you work with to show them what you’re about when you are not at the office. It didn’t hurt that he brought sandwiches and beer (and a nice cigar).
In Southern Colorado we have already managed to have two bouts with the snow- with another one heading in this evening. It’s tradition in Colorado Springs that we will get snow on or before Halloween… That statement has been pretty accurate since I’ve lived here. The point of bringing up the snow is that the whether is definitely changing. Up in the canyon on Saturday, we were greeted with the 20 degree temperatures early on at around 8:00 AM. It was a seasonally warm day up there and I do believe we hit 60 degrees by midday, but I could be wrong. It’s getting cold in the mornings and it’s almost a necessity to bring a propane heater… I will be bringing mine from now on.
The fishing was solid. It wasn’t an out of control slaying by any means, but there were fish and they were happy to play their part. I personally caught a wide range of fish… Everything from the 14″ variety down to the 2″ variety. They were a mix of browns and cutthroat, all gorgeous.
If you noticed the odd picture above, the one with the Kokanee Salmon, I want to throw some ideas around to as why in the world a Koke was in Elvenmile Canyon. To my knowledge there are no Kokanee Salmon in that particular stretch of the South Platte River. Now, with that being said, that is most definitely a Salmon. My personally feeling is that this fish clearly came down from the damn purely by accident. He was beat to hell all over his body and was slowly dying. Anything’s possible I guess these days, especially when reports of bass on the Roaring Fork happened this summer.