I stopped and fished Rocky Ford Creek for a couple of hours on Sunday. I was in the area on another assignment, and happened to have a fly rod along, and well … ya know … I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
The water was clear, making the trout pretty wary. There were a growing mat of weeds growing along the creek edges, but the water was still fishable. Some of the trout were holding behind rocks and others were holding in holes in the weeds on the streambed.
From my vantage point, I could spot three trout and had to work to get a good drift where they would show interest.
I was able to hook this trout – the only one for the outing – on a small, likely a size 18 red brassie with a bit of peacock herl at the head. Oddly enough, the trout seemed more interested in the fly when I gave it some small movement. I had two other trout come up to the fly after I landed this one, both times when I was giving it small twitches.
I’m considering this trout a victory, considering it was probably already 80 degrees when I landed it about 11 a.m. on a bright sunny day. It was fat, thick and a put up a great fight on my 4-weight rod.