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Old 10-27-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
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Question Western U.S. Fly Fishing Airstreams

Does anybody know of an AS group around fly fishing in the Western States
(Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah)?
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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Sounds like an opportunity..... you going to take it on?

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Old 10-29-2013, 12:37 AM   #3
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Check out the WBCCI Denver CO unit. I know members of that club do a lot of fly fishing, they may have a fishing rally.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:26 AM   #4
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There are members of the Four Corners Unit who are flyfishers also.

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Old 10-30-2013, 05:31 PM   #5
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I'm in. We had 2 AS in Maupin, OR for the September steelhead run. Also in May for the salmon fly hatch. We're planning Montana next summer as a third stop.

Could be fun...
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:52 PM   #6
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Count us in. Parking just outside of Billings on the farm. https://www.facebook.com/Laurel.Farmers.Market
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:34 AM   #7
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We would be interested, and are members of the Denver Unit that Teresa mentioned. The Unit doesn't have a fishing rally, but fly fishers are always there if there is fishing to be done.

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Maybe kind of a joint rally for the southwest units or simply of Region 11? I know that there are a few avid flyfishers in some of the other units (DenCo, 4CU, NM, AZ ...)

Some of the best trout fishing around is on the San Juan just below Navajo Dam. Seems to be some good camping nearby, too.


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Old 01-10-2016, 11:24 PM   #9
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While not avid or experienced, developing a bit of fly fishing expertise is a high priority. We have a local club that is reported to be very active and supportive of new waders, which should help significantly. My performance may prove to be more flailing than fishing, but has the potential to be a fantastic experience.

Hope to see you all out on the water. Pat
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Old 01-12-2016, 02:54 PM   #10
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We live on the East coast but we find ourselves in a few of those states every year so Sam can fly fish. She's the angler in the family, I ride my bike.
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Old 01-12-2016, 03:38 PM   #11
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Woo Hoo. Notice this thread is from 2013 except the last few posts. I'm joining the thread to see if there's anything goin' on.

LFM, Laurel, We go right by you all the time on our way to Rock Creek and the Rosebud. Also thru there on our way to the Stillwater south of Columbus and to the Boulder south of Big Timber and points west.
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Old 01-15-2016, 11:44 PM   #12
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Anyone have a recommendation for a good fishing stream with convenient camping in the area around Mesa Verde, Colorado. Pat
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Old 01-16-2016, 02:33 PM   #13
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I am in the planning stage for a trip to the Madison for late spring/early summer. Always interested in suggestions.
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Old 01-16-2016, 02:55 PM   #14
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The Blackfoot (due west of Missoula, MT and west of Oviedo, MT) and the Missouri upstream from Craig, MT.
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Old 01-16-2016, 03:20 PM   #15
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The Henry's Fork of the Snake River at Last Chance, ID. Only an hour from the Upper Madison (Slide Area) and the Green Drake hatch in the early spring can be spectacular. Need some practice and patience casting downstream to finicky Rainbows, but it's a thrill when you get one to strike.
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All excellent suggestions.
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All - this is an information down load from the notes I took durring a presentation by a MOHO owner and his wife. The are really into fly fishing and travel to a lot of places in search of trout. This presentation was centered on Southwest Colorado. They did not get all the way into the corner around Mesa Verde. We hope to investigate that area sometime this year or early next.

John's presentation centered on Lake City area. They spent some time with Durango and Lake City fly shops to gather info on good fishing spots. My apology for miss-spells or errors in location.

Lake City - Dan's Fly Shop
Lake Fork
Cebolla Creek - sounded and looked quite nice.
Brush Crek off Cebolla Creek
Almont
Spring Creek
Lower Mill Creek
Taylor River and resevoir
North of Lake City
Big Blue Creek
Conejos - East of Durango
Conejos River
Elk Creek
Durango - Duranglers Fly shop
East Fork Hermusa Creek
Rigeway
Forks of Cimaron
Animous River - below spillway - I think this is where the big ones were reported
South Fork of Rio Grand
Beaver Creek
Uncompagne River
Creede
Beaver Ponds
Bachero Loop Road
Big Springs Creek

From the internet - The Mancos River is a desert stream that flows through Mancos Canyon and the town of Mancos near Mesa Verde National Park.The upper forks offer the best fishing for trout. Most of the Mancos flows through tribal and private lands before entering New Mexico. We plan to try it when we finally get to go.

The private land area may be available as access evidently is variable depending on the owner.. The deal is reported to be that if you catch and release, don't make a mess and are not obtrusive, lots of owners will let you fish. Just know they are likely watching and some may give you a visit.

Some of these areas require a bit of gravel road travel.

Travel and fish safe - we want to hear the stories and see the smiles. Pat
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Tagging in for future info. Interested in fly fishing but still learning. Sure wished there was a rally someplace we could to to get some proper pointers

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Old 04-05-2016, 02:55 PM   #19
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Doug - lots of on-line video on youtube - how to, where to, and what to.

Not expensive, but not as inexpensive as a $25 spinning rod and a $50 fishing license. By the time you have a rig you will be in to this for $150 rod, $75 reel, $25 line, $5 leader, $25 of flys and a $50 fishing license. Plan to double that if you are not careful, plan on cold water wadding, or have a wide taste in fishing venues. Add about another $50 of odds and ends like a hat, tools, and polarized sun glasses. When you get into it, your budget will expand with your available discretionary spending allocation. Careful not to eat into the AS budget.

Look at Cabellas for gear. They have most of the main brands as well as their own labels. LL Bean is not terrible as an alternative and has a great return policy. After you have looked some, you need to talk to an expert, friend or relative. If you have a local shop that specializes in Fly Fishing, they can be a big help if you hit them when they are not busy. Once you have a feel for what you want, the on line close outs, fly fishing shows and marketing special offers can all be good value. But do not forget to shop your local folks. They need to make a living too.

It is not as hard as it looks. Really! Get a rod, reel, and some line. Then practice. A 50-100 ft open area is enough. Videos help. Practice.....after a while, what the video said sinks in.

Have reasonable expectations. With catch and release, you don't keep the fish, so if you don't catch any, you are none the worse off. Plan on flailing the water and develop some skill. The folks watching will think you are after the monster.

Every day on the water adds another day to your life. I read it on the internet, so it must be true.

Good Luck - tight lines. Pat

PS - never caught a fish, good possibility I never will, but I plan on extending my life a bunch! Almost as much fun as an Airstream.
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A long time ago my father and I fly fished the San Juan River below Navaho Dam in New Mexico south of Durango. The largest trout I've ever caught. I hope to get back into fly fishing when I retire in about 2 years.

I purchased a 4 piece fly rod, reel and line from Cabellas in 2012 to replace my old Fenwick fiberglass rod from the 60s. Haven't had a chance to use it.

I just can't seem to find the time to get to one of Missouri's trout parks, Roaring River State Park. Its only 60 miles away and has camping right on the river.

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