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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Elevenmile Canyon Report 4-11-13

Over the last couple of days I have been both guiding and fishing the canyon, so I figured I'd give you guys a quick report. Saturday was a great day at the two tunnels. 15 fish came to the net with at least that many "long distance releases". 2/3's of those fish were landed on a size 22 Brown Mojo Midge, and the rest were fooled by a size 22 Flashback Barr's Emerger BWO. The following day was a tough one, but my clients were great sports. It was extremely windy near the dam which made it difficult for my peeps to get a decent dead drift. We netted 4-5 fish in 4 hours on a mix of flies. Barr's Emerger, Brown Mojo, Gray RS-2, and a Biot Nymph all worked. The flow both days was sitting somewhere between 70-80 cubic feet per second.

All of the photos are from todays fishing trip. We landed 10 fish in 3 1/2 hours. It was a 50/50 split between fish swimming away with a bruised lip from either a Brown Mojo or a size 18 Biot Nymph. The flow was 100 c.f.s. but fish were still pretty spooky because of crystal clear water. Our fishing spot of choice was again near the dam across from the campground. 6x leaders and tippet and small split shot are a must! Baetis and midges started coming off heavy around the same time each day (12:30) Hope you enjoy the photos and tight lines! 

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