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Another Graduate at Montauk  (July 14th)  We are in the process of building our FATC Instructor cadre this summer.  Dave Beerbower is our first "Instructor" to hit the waters with a newcomer from our Spring fly fishing class. Sounds like they had a great time under tough fishing conditions.  Here's Dave's report and congratualtions to Darryl (and Dave!!).   Dave Beerbower and Darryl Weinrich headed out to Montauk this past Monday. Darryl was in Kenny’s last class and wanted to graduate. Kenny could not go, so Dave got the pleasure (and pressure) of taking Darryl out to catch some fish. It was a day of firsts! Dave’s first day as a “certified” instructor, Darryl’s first trout ever caught on a fly rod and his first stop at Hick’s barbeque. Darryl took the pressure off of me faster than any graduate I can remember. He had a very nice qualifier in the net within the first 10 minutes on the water. The park was very crowded and the fish were very tentative. It was one of the slowest fishing days I have ever had at Montauk, but that did not stop Darryl from catching 5 nice rainbows. He also had several on the line but they got off before getting to the net. Wolly buggers, soft hackles and cracklebacks fished deep had the best results. All in all a great day, and the Hicks was good as always to finish it off. Kenny’s record of 100% is still safe. Phew!
Dave Beerbower and Darryl Weinrich
Darryl is now an official FATC graduate!  Congratulations.
Darryl pulls out another rainbow in the fog!
Darryl with a big smile and nice rainbow
It looks like the Cerise worm caught some fish!
Yes, even Dave caught a few fish this day!
A Day at Montauk (July 17th)   Bruce Sheffield found time to hit the waters returning from a "work" trip.  He had a great day and even met another FATC brother on the river!  Here's his report:   Kenny, I had some personal business to take care of in Iron County on Thursday so I packed my fishing gear so I could head to Montauk after I having taken care of business :-)  It was noon before I arrived at Montauk but with the weather so nice it was a great day to spend on the water. My first cast was with a soft hackle and it yielded a strike and I thought this might be a good day but that was the only strike I got on a soft hackle all day. Fishing was slow and that was verified by other fly fishers I spoke with. Every now and then I'd come across someone in the right spot with the right fly and they were catching fish. The water is crystal clear so it is easy to see the trout rejecting the flies. The trout were mostly lookers and not takers. At times a trout would look at a fly two or three times before swimming off. I did catch a few, mostly using an olive mohair leach, but the P&P midge and a brown crackle back tricked a fish or two. There were plenty of folks on the river but they seemed to congregate close to the areas that had parking close to the river access. In between those areas other fishers were sparse. I did run across Sid Aslin as I was walking out. So we talked and fished together for about an hour and I almost doubled my catch rate for the day while fishing with Sid. So I've decided Sid is a good guy to have around when I'm fishing:-)    The picture is one of the rainbows I caught while fishing with Sid.     All the Best,  Bruce Sheffield   Yes, I have been out lately too and the super clear water creates a challenge - a good challenge.  With slower moving, clear water this summer concentrate on using smaller diameter tippet (6X, maybe even 7X) for your dead drifting flies or think about adding movement to those flies as they drift.  Stripping flies may also help provoke an attack.

Montauk Proves Challenging (July 30th):    A bunch of flyfishers headed to Montauk this past Wednesday and here is a report from Dave Beerbower.  A rather large group of fly fishers decided to give it a go this past Wednesday. Dave Beerbower, Jim Franke, his brother Dave, Gary Elliot, his neighbor Ron, Sid Aslin, and Tim Fleisher met up with Bruce Morton and his pal Mike. We were joined by several hundred other fishermen at Montauk on a day when the fish were amazed at how many feet were hitting the water all around them. As a result, the fishing was fairly difficult. Bruce and Dave had brought their recently finished bamboo rods to christen them, and found success early in the day. Both liked how the rods performed and were happy to finally get them out on the water. Gary and Jim had good success around the boulder with soft hackles and dry flies. Dave Franke and Tim headed to the spinning rod area and caught some nice fish with trout worms. Sid planted himself in the catch and release area, but later felt guilty for catching too many fish so he retreated to the river. Late in the day, the trout started to hit Griffiths gnats on the surface, and this salvaged some of the fishermen’s egos (mine included). All had a good time and we finished it off with Hick's BBQ. It would be a good idea to stay away from the state parks until the kids are back in school!
Dave, Jim, Gary, Sid, Dave,Ron and Tim....Looks like they are there to have some fun.
Bruce Morton was there also to christen his new bamboo rod that he made.  Beautiful rod and rainbow
Dave Beerbower also christened his new bamboo rod that he built. Awesome rod!!!
Nice fish, awesome net and beautiful rod - all personally built by Dave (well, he didn't build the fish)
The rainbows are big but the fishing has been challenging to say the least.
Roaring River (July 28th) :  Jerry Lybarger got to the far west end of the state and fished the Roaring River.  The FATC hasn't fished there in a long time.  Here's his report.   Had a chance to fish Roaring River with my wonderful mate who feels her skills are unworthy for the trout streams. Started late morning about 1/2 way up from the famed DryFly/Mike Meadows memorial bridge and fished to bridge in the catch and release. Knowing the Roaring River clientele, not expect many in that area. Tried the MDC recommended lures and fly shop recommended ants w/ light indicators, which I thought good as my pool at home has had a lot of ants in the filters. As some would say - the fishing was very technical. Very low clear water with little flow w/ fidgety fish in the shadows. Fish would suck in and spit out a fly without even moving my wife's indictor or before I could yell for her to raise. I obviously am not as good a teacher as our master. Did poorly on recommended stuff so went to my schooling from our master teacher. Used a barely visible orange dotted yellowstone beetle as indicator with 7X soft hackle dropper. Landed at least 12 in the next two hours (mostly the soft hackle) loosing almost as many. Fish under bridge in the DryFly/Meadows hole were stacked. Caught first three casts. While calling for wife, two bozos seeing my catch (no one else was catching) raced to the other side of my hole. Wife said she did not want to fish by them with her skills. I pointed out that the two red necks only came over because they saw me catch and the way they were fishing, would be gone shortly. All materialized and now my wife thinks I know what I am doing.
Bennett Crowded but Fishable! (July 31st and Aug 1st):  Here is a trip report from Tom Kelly who had a chance to fish with his brother and pass some of his knowledge to a young fly fisher.  Wanted to give you a fishing report from last week. Sorry, no photos.  My brother John & I hit Bennett Springs on Thursday 7/31 & Friday, 8/1.  The water was at normal levels, normal flow & very clear. We had beautiful sunny weather both days with highs in the upper 70's to low 80's. Park was pretty crowded both days from morning whistle to evening whistle. Many stretches had fishermen lined maybe 30 feet apart for much of the day. Busy but still very fishable & enjoyable. We had a wonderful time, pulling in a total of 85 rainbows between the two of us over the two day period. The P&P was the go to fly accounting for 
probably 60% of all fish taken. Also took a few on the Renegade Dry, Big Ugly, Copper Head Midge & one of John's creations called the Ruby Glitz (red midge w/ green wire wrap). Most fish were around 12" with a couple in the 14" range. Not real big but good fighters. While fishing I met a young man who had just graduated from high school. We were fishing next to one another for a while. His uncle had recently given him a fly rod and he was whipping it back & forth using a big dry fly with no luck. I had caught a few fish while next to him so he was asking me a couple of questions. I shared with him some of the education that you had imparted on me about where fish mostly feed. I also hooked him up with a strike indicator & a couple of P&P's and gave him a 30 second lesson on dead drifting & mending. Checked back with him a little while later and he had caught his first trout on his fly rod. Thanks to you Kenny for all that you have taught me. Felt good to spread a little FATC love.
That's the report. Hope all is well. Thanks Kenny!


Deep Summer - Terrestrials are HOT (Aug 13th):   Here is a report from Dave Beerbower!  He says the catching is picking up - better get out there!  Dave Beerbower, Sid Aslin and Tim Klotz headed down to Montauk to see if the crowds had receded since many schools are now back in session. Though there were plenty of fly fishers, it was much better than a few weeks ago. The fishing has been tough for several weeks, but that changed on this day. We started out near the boulder and caught fish right away on soft hackles and dry flies. There was a terrific mayfly hatch going on as we hit the river and it lasted for over an hour. Fish were rising all over the place and we hit them hard. Later in the morning, I decided to try a hopper pattern, casting against the far bank. Wow! They started hitting it almost as soon as it hit the water. It was great fun to see them attack the hopper with such gusto. After lunch, we went further upstream and continued to do well with hoppers, ants and soft hackles. Wooly buggers and cracklebacks also did well, especially in olive and black. On this day, the fish were hitting anything on the swing and long, slow strips seemed to work best. Tim had plenty of fish to take home to his son, who loves to eat fresh trout even though he is a vegan. Sid decided to stop fishing the catch and release area and spent the whole day on the river with great results. In fact, he caught the largest fish of the day with a very nice 16 incher. It was so much fun that I had to call us off the water at 5:30. It got to be too late for Hicks BBQ, so we stopped in Rolla at the Panera for a quick bite before heading home. Terrestrial season is now officially on. Get out there and be prepared for some great fishing.
Sid Aslin, Tim Klotz and Dave Beerbower
Sid with a nice 16 inch rainbow
Tim pulls one in as Sid waits patiently.
Tim with a nice fish that he is taking home for his son.
One of Dave's many rainbows on a Hopper!
More Head To Current River Outside the Park - Fishing is Good  (Aug):   Jim Minor sends us this report from Montauk.  Just wanted to let you know that I met up with Steve McDaniel last week and went down to the current river at Montauk.  The fishing overall was really good and I broke in my new rod/reel.  We fished outside the park and there were a lot of fish but most did not even look at my flies.  But I did catch about double my limit which is good for me.    I used a fly to simulate the mayfly early in the day and did quite well.  Later I used the P&P and had some success and ended with catching a nice trout on an Elk hair Caddis I tied.  It was a very ugly tie job (my first) but it did land a nice size trout.
Steve was a blessing to me and he helped me out quite a bit plus he can tie a very good fly.  Anyway sorry for not emailing you sooner...just wanted you to know we had gone out and had a really good day of fishing.
Need More Rain - But Another is Added to the Fellowship (Aug 18th):  Four of us headed out to fish the Current river this past Monday.  With some of the rain that we had we thought that finally the river levels would have risen and the clarity less clear but not true.  Kenny Klimes, Dave Inman, Jim Franke and newcomer Dennis Puryear fished both Tan Vat and below the cable (Montauk).  The water is still crystal clear and the levels are still low.  The morning fishing at Tan Vat went well with cloudy skies and cool temperatures but after lunch the sun and the heat came out and the fish honkered down low below the cable.  The best flies were the midges (P&P, Red and black zebra midges), mohair leech, soft hackles, copper johns, and renegades.  Yes, we need rain to fill the rivers - it will come. As always a lot of techniques were learned to catch the tough fish. Big fish of the day was a 16 inch Brown caught on a "dead drifted" mohair leech by Jim Franke. We want to welcome our newcomer Dennis Puryear. Dennis is an experienced fly fisher who lives in the House Springs area and comes to us with many years of fly fishing experience.  Dennis found The Crossing because of the FATC ministry - thats cool.  After a great day of fishing and fellowship we all headed home to find a new place to have fellowship dinner.  Well, because of Jim Franke's suggestion, we found a new awesome place to chow down.  El Nopal (see I got the name right, Jim) which is a mexican restaurant in Sullivan.  
Kenny Klimes, Dennis Puryear, Jim Franke and Dave Inman
Kenny with a nice 15 inch rainbow from Tan Vat
Dave Inman fishing the Tan Vat area - challenging Dave??
Our latest FATC member - Welcome Dennis Puryear.
A very nice Tan Vat rainbow caught in the morning
Another 'bow in the net
Jim Franke brings one to the net
Jim with a big smile and a rainbow
Big fish of the day for Jim Franke - 16 inch Brown at Tan Vat
Dennis with one of his rainbows
Dave Inman brings in his rainbow.
Two "new" guys (and Matt) - Rock the 'tauk (Sept 7th)      Two New Guys? Well, Mike and James complete a first.  Congrats to Mike on his first student (successful) and James on his graduation from FATC.  Here is their report.   Three fly fishers headed down to Montauk on Sept 7th. Mike Bisaga (one of the new FATC Instructors), Matt McClure and James Edwards (the now, newest FATC Class Graduate). The weatherman called for "perfect" (if you were not fishing) clear blue sky conditions. Being a Sunday, some of us were a little worried about the crowds. As we pulled into the park, we noticed a fair number of people and cars.(uh oh). We continued on, got dressed and headed for the water above the dam. There was a large group of people in the "lake" area above the dam, so we walked on past to get up stream of them. Mike and James set up camp just above the crowd and reviewed some of the stuff Kenny had taught in the class and went through some casting. Matt headed up stream to try his luck up there. It turns out, the majority of the morning crowd, were all located just above the dam. Once above the initial slow stretch of water, it was very peaceful and only a few other anglers up through Walter's Stretch. Although Matt did find a "friend" in his travels that proceeded to talk his ear off and tell him everything there was to know about fly fishing, and Montauk. He even offered his guide services. He was a real find.

Mike and James got off to a bit of a slow start, but James was into his first couple fish before lunch. Now that the pressure was off, Mike could relax a little and enjoy the rest of the day. After a quick lunch with the group (yes, Dave, I said lunch WITH the group), we hiked up to the spring. Well look at that, we found the crowds. Fishing the rest of the day was little "cozy", although, I guess it could have been worse. Despite the crowds, fishing was pretty good. Lots of action on P&P, Red Midge, San Juan, CQ Streamer and even a few fish on an Adams Dry. Now, I probably shouldn't do this, but we are all friends here. Just don't tell anyone else. According to Matt's new "friend", there is only 1 fly you should ever throw at 4pm. Nothing else. If you throw this specific fly at 4, you will have more fish than you know what to do with. What was it...Griffiths Gnat (or something like it, according to him). But "you need to cast to 11 o'clock, let it drift and then strip it back on the swing". Well, just for kicks, we went ahead and tried this super secret suggestion at 4, just in case he actually knew what he was talking about.. Did it work? Well, I guess, but no better than throwing a soft hackle (or similar) which is what I switched to about 4:15. I'm pretty sure anything stripped just under the surface may produce the same results. But it is our secret, so don't tell.

After a long day on the water, we were hungry, and had The Hick in our sights...We get to The Hick, and everything is dark. Huh, wonder if they are closed on Sunday night. Nope, turns out, someone had hit the power pole across the street, just minutes before we got there. Darn...Closest carnivorous substitute we could find was the Lions Choice in Sullivan.

Anyway, it was a great day for all of us, James Edwards is now officially a graduated FATC member, and Matt has the name and number of a Montauk guide if anyone is interested.

James Edwards, Mike Bisaga, and Matt McClure
Mike teaching his first student, James, on the finer points of fly fishing.
James tries a new technique...
James with his first Fish! Congrats James, on your graduation!
James - with his first fish.  Does he look like he's having a good time!!
One of many trout caught this day.
Beautiful Montauk rainbow
James - I think he's having a good time - I'm sure he is...
James with his second trout - he's on a roll.
Mike Bisaga with a Montauk rainbow
Mike taking some time to fish too.
Matt bringing a trout to the net
James with another trout - he's having a great day.
Nice rainbow James
Mike with one of his many rainbows.
Matt with a rainbow
Beautiful fish
Matt, how about a smile - you just caught a beautiful rainbow  :)
Nice closeup of a awesome fish
Another fish on to end a great day!!
An Evening on the Meramec (Sept 8th)  Did you ever just want to get on the river and fish until dusk?  Did you ever want to see those aquatic insects hatch as the sun set?  Well, I did.  So on Monday I called the only guy I could think of that wasn't doing anything in his life (just kidding) - Dave Beerbower!  We headed to the Meramec river, outside the park to find the browns that were so numerous this spring.  Well the water was very low, clear and the fish were down low.  They didn't seem to care that we were there.  Only a few fish were caught - 3 total in the net.  Just one of those days or should I say evenings.  But the quiet and stillness were awesome as we were the only ones on the river.  The winter catch and release season is coming soon.  Be ready it's the best time to fish in Missouri.
Kenny Klimes and Dave Beerbower doing a little evening fishing together.
Just to prove we caught something!!
Montauk Fishing Well in Fast Waters (Sept 14th);  Larry Farrar and Joe Walker fished a half day at Montauk on Sunday and report that the fishing is good in the fast moving water.  Here is their report.      Kenny:  Joe and I had really good success on light colored midges (P&P, white, light olive), light colored San Juan worms, and light olive and light green soft hackles. Our best luck was in faster moving water, up near the top of the stream, just above the bluff, and down at the boulder. We used 6x tippet all day with light indicators (small foam and the New Zealand).

Looks Like Montauk is Back on Track ( (Sept 18th)  Here is a report from Dave Beerbower with a congrats to Jeff Layton who completed his graduation into the FATC>  Seven flyfishers headed down to Montauk this past Thursday to see if the trout were biting. Dave Beerbower was taking Jeff Layton down for his graduation experience and they were joined by Bruce Morton, Gary Elliot, Jim Franke, Sid Aslin and Tim Klotz. The weather seemed perfect with cool temps and an overcast sky. The cows were spaced apart and feeding, so we were looking for a good day, and we found it. There were several hatches going off all day and the fish were active. Jeff is an experienced fly fisher, so he caught his graduation fish early, and it was a dandy. Fish were surfacing all day and soft hackles and dry flies caught most of the fish on this day. You had to put some motion into the flies to get the fish interested, but when they were hooked, they fought like crazy. It is exciting to skitter a dry fly across the surface and see it disappear in a mighty swirl and splash! Everyone caught lots of fish and we finished the day off at El Nopal in Sullivan.

Sid Aslin, Tim Klotz, Dave Beerbower, Bruce Morton, Gary Elliot, Jim Franke, and Jeff Layton
Gary netting one of his many rainbows
Jeff had one almost long enough for a photo!!
Jeff Layton graduates with one awesome rainbow.  Congrats Jeff!!
Nice fish on a parachute adams
The Montauk rainbows are getting those vibrant colors for winter.
This guy was fooled by a dry fly.
Tim Klotz knows how to frame a trophy rainbow.  Who taught him how to hold a fish for a picture.  Right on.
Montauk - Beautiful Day, Water - Clear and Low, Crowded?, New Graduate! (Sept 22nd):  Six Fly Fishers took advantage of a beautiful fall day with blue skies and cool temperatures - Jim Franke, Dave Inman, Craig Dull, Steve McDaniel, Kenny Klimes, and soon to be new graduate Rory Pottgen.  Montauk waters are slow, low and clear making fishing a challenge.  The best place for "catching" is any where the water is moving fast.  Fishing in the slow water is difficult.  The river was more crowded than usual so the guys broke up into two groups for the day of fishing.  Rory was there to graduate so he and Kenny stuck close together for the day.  After some casting practice Rory was on fish before noon and seemed to enjoy the day with about 8 fish in the net and many lost.  Everyone caught fish this day with an eclectic group of flies used.  Elk Caddis, midges, San Juan worms, cracklebacks, and soft hackles caught the majority of the trout.  Everyone had a fun day and we even had some deer give us a show as they crossed the river no more than 30 feet away as we fished (see pictures below).  A fellowship dinner was had at Hicks BBQ and new friends were made.  Winter season is fast approaching.  It is the best time of fly fishing in Missouri so be ready with the proper gear.  Congratulations to Rory Pottgen!
Rory Pottgen, Craig Dull, Dave Inman, Jim Franke, Steve McDaniel. and Kenny Klimes
Rory with his first trout on a fly rod!!  Congrats!!
Steve with a nice trout in Montauk
Jim has a nice rainbow on the line - bring it in!
There it is - nice trout Jim!!
Rory with another rainbow in what might be his new, favorite spot
Another in the net - Rory is on a roll.
Nice rainbow - fooled by a P&P midge
Jim Franke brings one to the net
Another for Jim - it was a good day.
A cool show put on by the local deer as they cross the river right in front of us.
Kenny with a nice rainbow caught by swinging a soft hackle in the riffles.
Rory finds another rainbow to bite.
Steve enjoying the day on the water.
Craig waiting for the elusive Montauk rainbow
Dave Inman working midge under an indicator
One of Dave's trout in the net.
Stream Team Event Takes Us to Bonhomme Creek (Sept 27th):  Our FATC Stream team met this past Saturday to not only monitor and clean up the waters of Bonhomme Creek but also to learn some valuable tools to help us become better fly fishers. It was a beautiful Saturday morning with blues skies and cool temperatures.  Stream Team Lead Mike Bisaga took six other FATC members to Bonhomme Creek just outside of Babler park.  John Walker (also trained in Stream Team procedures), John Bloss, Matt McClure, Bob Aslin, Mike Chambers and I (Kenny Klimes) were about to embark on a fantastic morning of learning the ways of the streams.  First, I have to say if you have not had the chance yet to participate in one of our Stream Team events please make it your business to do so.  It was an awesome learning experience about our streams, their aquatic life and some interesting fly fishing knowledge.  The team took water and aquatic life samples from three different locations on the stream.  The stream was very low but the team was able to find three locations with riffles that held vast numbers of aquatic life.  We found over 10 different species of stream life to include mayfly nymphs, caddis larva, aquatic worms, leeches, scuds, minnows, sculpins, damselfly nymphs and more.  After filling out monitoring and insect info for the MDC the guys did a little cleanup and headed for a cookout at my house to discuss the days events and of course, fly fishing.  Check out the pictures below of this awesome day!
John Bloss, Mike Chambers, John Walker, Matt McClure, Bob Aslin, Mike Bisaga, and Kenny Klimes
The guys head to the stream with equipment in hand
Mike Bisaga, Stream Team Lead, explains the agenda for the day as Mike Chambers listens.
Bob Aslin checks the water clarity gauge that was used to check the streams clarity level - result - Very Clear!
Mike Chambers and Mike Bisaga select the first of three spots to collect and monitor the aquatic life
As Mike Chambers holds the collecting screen Kenny Klimes and Bob Aslin disrupt the flow to collect the aquatic insects.
The collecting screen goes on the table and John Walker instructs Kenny on what to look for!
The guys have five minutes to collect as many aquatic insects as possible
Ice trays are used to separate the insect life
Mike Bisaga identifies one of the species with a magnifying glass
As Mike Chambers holds the screen, Mike Bisaga, Bob Aslin and Matt McClure work another section of the stream
Again the guys have just five minutes to gather as much as possible
Small catfish specimen found
A Sculpin!!  The big Browns love these guys - use Sculpin streamer
Even small crayfish got into the act - yes, big trout with these guys.
On top is a mayfly nymph (Rock Clinger) on the bottom the tail of a damselfly nymph.  Is that small one a tiny scud?
Mayfly nymph - now you know what your flies should imitate
Matt McClure , John Bloss, and Mike Bisaga work one more section of stream.
Northern Colorado Finds the FATC with Success and Great Fellowship (September):  FATC fly fishers Tim Graham, Jerry Lybarger and John Palmer just returned from a fishing trip to Colorado. Tim and his wife Rhonda spent the month of September in a cabin at about 8,500 ft. elev. that triangulates about 35 miles equidistance from Steamboat Springs, Walden and Kremling. Tim spent time with his wife and also fished solo the first two weeks. Jerry and Judy Lybarger joined them for the third week and John Palmer came up for the fourth week. Great fishing and outstanding fellowship were enjoyed by all. A number of rivers within about a 75 mile radius were fished and explored. We made at least four trips to fish the Yampa River, including the C. Lewis SWA, the tail water below Stagecoach Reservoir and the Service Creek area. By far the largest numbers of fish were caught in theYampa at the C. Lewis SWA, with several afternoons yielding 35+ fish each. Many were smaller to medium size rainbows but we also caught some 17” and larger fish here. Tim fished the Elk River, the main tributary of the Yampa with limited success. This river gets a lot of pressure and there is very little public access. We made a couple of trips to North Park to fish the legendary N. Platte River. Tim and Jerry ventured into the canyon, which entailed a long hike and off-trail, bushwhacking and rock climbing to get down near the falls close to the Wyoming state line. The river and canyon are beautiful but it was not fishing well for us or the three other anglers there that day. The temperature was in the high 70’s that day and the local fly shop attributed the slow bite to this. The N. Platte has not received any stocking since the mid 1970’ and is known for the quality of fish but not quantity. It holds mostly large brown trout that are easily spooked. One guide showed us some photos of 24”+ browns he caught there about a week before we arrived. He told us that he knew exactly the holes where he was going to fish and that he sneaks up on the trout so as not to spook these fish. He also said that he probably put in 20 days of few if any fish before it yielded a day like that. Tim and John could not resist the temptation of landing a huge brown and returned to the N. Platte a little more than a week later to fish on the plains in North Park not too far from Grizzly Creek (headwaters of the N. Platte). While fishing this area John walked up on Moose on the Platte and soon thereafter we found fresh bear tracks on the river bank, so we decided not to push our luck and get out of there. We then stopped by Delanney Butte Lakes where John caught a 21” rainbow. The ranchers had recently cut their mountain hay in North Park and the fish were eating grasshoppers which we were happy to give them. Jerry and Tim also caught some nice fish here on an earlier trip fishing nymphs one evening. The browns in N. Delanney Butte Lake were on their redds and very active but we respected their spawn and did not fish this area. This gold medal fishery also  caught a nice cut bow (see photo). Tim and Jerry fished the Williams Fork and the Colorado River inMiddle Park. The day we fished the Williams Fork they were running water out of the reservoir which presented a real challenge. Rainfall in August broke a nearly 100 year record so the reservoirs and rivers were full. Tim and John returned a week later to fish the Colorado about 30 miles east of Kremling. Tim caught a decent brown but we missed the hatch and did not catch too many fish that day. John taught me how to cross the Colorado (buddy wading) which required a combination of nerves and skill in this big river with swift currents and algae covered freestone bottom. Our cabin was situated on a private 110 ac. lake formed by an ancient volcanic cone(catch and release only) which yielded many 17”+ fish about 40 yards from our back door. Judy Lybarger fished with us one evening and quickly showed us how it was done catching a fish within about five minutes. The lake holds browns and rainbows including hofer rainbows which Jerry described as the prettiest fish he has ever caught. These fish had a turquoise coloring on their back and very vivid rainbow color from the tis deep ultra-clear lake. We also fished a secret beaver pond nearby which yielded many 18”+ rainbows. John and Tim made a trip to the Blue River north of Silverthorne which produced some good quality fish but which also took a lot of physical stamina to reach them. John has been fly fishing for more than 50 years and he is a very accomplished, instinctual fisherman. He has extensive experience fishing western rivers and taught me (Tim) many things. One of the more important lessons I learned when fishing public access areas is to look for those areas which are catch and release only and then walk as far you can away from the parking area. Many days we hiked at least four miles in waders, plus waded many rivers long distance against the current to get to our spots, all at high elevations. It is really important to be in shape to fish these rivers. Jerry and John were both more than up to the task. One of the things which made this trip fun was figuring out hatches as each river has its own unique characteristics. The N. Platte is almost exclusively dry fly water, tail waters as you might expect require finesse (6X tippet, double fly rigs (size 20 and 22 RS2’s and Barrs Emergers). Jerry fished some triple fly rigs with good success on the Yampa and we used a lot of dry droppers and nymphs with trailers Caddis, Mayfly and Trico hatches were all prevalent when were there. We caught a lot of fish and had a lot of adventures over the month and thoroughly enjoyed our time together. We also learned a lot. I know I (Tim) have even more to learn and realize that no matter how long I  fishing is not at all like fishing in our trout parks. 9’ tippets and precise dead drifts along the seams of the current, always with tight lines and an eye toward the ever changing hatch, along with a certain amount of luck make the difference between fish and no fish. Weather and the changing aspens were remarkable the entire month of September. We also saw a good deal of wildlife (eagles and other raptors, moose, deer, elk, antelope and coyote). It snowed our last night there to cap all of the peaks for an awesome sendoff.
Home away from home
Jerry Lybarger and Tim Graham
Judy Lybarger with her rainbow.
A gentle catch and release by Judy
Colorado river near Williams Fork confluence - Jerry fishing in back ground
Jerry with a 19" Rainbow
John Palmer joined Tim and was rewarded with this 17" rainbow
Nice 'Bow
John with a 18" Bow from a secret beaver pond
John fishing the Yampa river
Tim Graham fishing the Yampa river
A Colorado Brown
John with a 19" bow from the secret beaver pond.  Ok, I give up where is this pond??!!
Tim on the North Platte river
John with a juggling act with his Brown on the N. Delaney Butte Lake
John Palmer with a bow from the Blue river
The beautiful Blue River in Colorado
A 19" 'bow from the Yampa river
Ranch Country in Colorado
Tim on the Blue river
A moose made a visit with the guys on the N. Platte river. Beautiful site!
Tan Vat Produces Nice Browns(Oct 6th):  Larry Farrar got away from work, and with one of his "business" partners, fished the Current river near Tan Vat.  At first he wanted to keep it a secret but we discovered his fishing location.  Larry tagged into two nice browns as the browns begin their spawn movements.  His fly of choice was the San Juan worm.  He never revealed what color or size his san juan fly was (he's a sneaky guy).  But the browns he caught were awesome.  See his catch below.
Larry Farrar proudly displays his beautiful Brown
Another Tan Vat brown in the net!
God Told Me to Go (TanVat-Cable - Oct 16th)   There are a lot of people out there that have a hard time believing that God talks to them.  I think the problem is that most people just don't take the time to listen.  Well. today I listened and He talked to me.  I'm home alone.  My wife is at a week long family reunion and my children are away at school.  During the days of rain I got a lot of things done around the house but last night I heard God say to go fishing tomorrow.  Well, I wasn't going to argue with that - He's God.  So I immediately tried to think of who I could call to join me.  But God told me "No, it will be just you and Me on the water today" So I packed my gear, got up early and headed out to the Current river. We talked all the way down to Salem, MO - marriage, kids, work, friendships and of course, about me.  He told me that He wanted me to relax today, to slow down while I fished and to take in His glory.  On the drive down, as the sun was rising, He showed me His expertise with the paint brush as the forest's trees were orange, brown, red, and all shades of green. As I passed a field I told Him we have to check if the cows are spread out like we always do.  He laughed and threw in a Llama right smack in the middle of the field - I've never noticed a Llama there before? When we arrived at the Current river the air was crisp and cold.  Met a man from Arkansas who was there for the first time.  I hit my favorite spot first.  I was all alone - oopps - of course God was with me.  Had a Brown on right away but lost him. Darn! I heard laughter  behind me. He said there will be more.  I stopped to soak in His glory - what a beautiful river I thought.  Caught several trout and returned to the parking lot.  Met our friend Eric.  He's the young guy with the pony tail and spin fishes with rapalas.  I asked him how his heart was doing.  Not real good he said and then I chewed him out for smoking.  He introduced me to one of his local friends and we all talked for awhile. Eric suggested a few spots up stream.  It was a good suggestion as I caught several more.  I found a nice run along the shoreline where I could see several fish holding.  Again, I got into my concentration "mode", that mode where I lose awareness of everything around me.  Then I heard a huge splash and commotion to my left.  It was a young deer crossing the river no more than 30 feet from me. I smiled and God told me again to slow down and enjoy his glory. After lunch I headed to below the cable and met a few more fly fishers. What a glorious day with the sun shining, blue skies, autumn foliage, clear water and trout keeping one eye on my every move.  The day ended around 3pm and I stopped along the trail to thank God for taking me fishing today.  If you get out on the water soon take the time to bask in God's glory. He's created one beautiful place!  Here are few pictures of what God provided for me on this day.0