Monday, July 15, 2013

Searching for Stoneflies

Word on the streets of Lake City was that the stonefly hatch had moved up the Gunnison to just below Blue Mesa Reservoir, so I got up at the crack of dawn to be on the water before the morning sun crested over the canyon walls.

The canyon was spectacular in the early light, but the water was frigid and there were no stoneflies or hungry trout to be found.

Gone fishin'!

Hiking down to the Gunnison River

Gunnison River in the morning light.

On my way back to Lake City, I hiked down to the end of the Lake Fork where it empties into Blue Mesa Reservoir.  I was fishing again by 4 pm, and I landed 69 fish (all rainbows and browns) by 8 pm--not a bad way to make up for a slow morning!

Driving back to Lake City

Lake Fork of the Gunnison, downstream from Red Bridge

End of the Lake Fork 

Cliffs above the Lake Fork

Moon rising over the Lake Fork

Should I wash my truck?

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