With the ladies enjoying their time poking and shopping around off-season Vail and Beaver Creek, this father-son duo snuck down to the Eagle River to test their West Coast trout skills on a beautiful Central Rockies stream. Though tighter casting than they were used to, these Oregon natives managed to trick a fair amount of our Colorado trout. Usually Summertime dry fly fishermen, these guys quickly got acquainted with our local nymphing techniques and were picking up trout on the lightest of eats. Small mayflies and Mother's Day Caddis were on the menu though a few bold fish went for the big meal - worms and stoneflies. Moving around was vital today as the spots with the most accessible access proved these fish were a little wiser than those further off the beaten path.
It was fantastic to discuss the differences between fly fishing in Oregon and Colorado and see our clients delight at the different colors of our rainbow trout versus theirs and the abundance of brown trout in the Eagle River near Beaver Creek. It's always an easier day when you have experienced fishermen on the water with you, and it was enjoyable dissecting the water and solving the bug puzzle with these two happy gentlemen. It was also really lovely to quickly release most fish and keep them in the water with minimal photos needed. They were delighted to take in the area, spend time together, and fish a new river in Colorado together.