TenkaraGrasshopper’s Return to The Angling Realm On Clear Creek

TenkaraGrasshopper’s Return to The Angling Realm On Clear Creek

by April 10, 2013 8 comments

 

Denver Dobbins, Karel Lansky, Tenkara Grasshopper and Our Best Sides Photo Courtesy of Daniel Galhardo

Denver Dobbins, Karel Lansky, Tenkara Grasshopper and Our Best Sides
Photo Courtesy of Daniel Galhardo

I have returned from the ashes of poor health and life is awesome. Due to a new member of the Colorado Tenkara Anglers group on Facebook, Denver Dobbins, I recently organized a Tenkara outing for April 7th, 2013.

After a few miss hits on deciding where to fish I finally settled on Clear Creek outside of Golden, Colorado. In all the years that I have lived in Colorado, I never fished Clear Creek before I really had no idea how good the fishing would be for Tenkara. And, in twenty-twenty hind sight I am kicking myself now for not having fished the creek sooner.

Gorgeous Tenkara Water Clear Creek Colorado Photo Courtesy of Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services

Gorgeous Tenkara Water Clear Creek Colorado
Photo Courtesy of Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services

After gathering at a pull-out just before entering the canyon and shooting the breeze we piled into two seperate cars and headed up the canyon. We hit some gorgeous little holes that were quite productive for all of us. And according to Karel Lansky, of TenkaraOnTheFly, he caught 8 fish in one hole. Although we think we might have figured out Karel’s secret…..

NutraFin Tropical Fish Food? What? Photo Courtesy of Daniel Galhardo

NutraFin Tropical Fish Food? What?
Photo Courtesy of Daniel Galhardo

We all fished one hole in particular where there were fish rising to some kind of hatch but the fish were very finicky apparently. We still had fun and it was great hanging out and chatting with Denver, Daniel, and Karel. After we all worked our way up to a bend in the river we decided to move farther up river to try our luck on a different spot. And when we got to the new spot all I can say is wow.

Tenkara Grasshopper on Clear Creek Photo Courtesy of Karel Lansky

Tenkara Grasshopper on Clear Creek
Photo Courtesy of Karel Lansky

Having re-entered the river I started casting into the shadows. I tried and number of fly patterns since I did not see anything rising. I tried both traditional Tenkara kebaris, RS2’s in different sizes, and a creation of my own that I am thinking I might start using more frequently on the river. It might be my new nymphing fly of choice, the Chartruese Brassie Kebari. I admit it is really ugly but the fish seemed to like it.

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Chartruese Brassie Kebari Fly Photo Courtesy of Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services

Yes, I agree it’s ugly but this guy will definitely argue otherwise with you on what looks tasty!! Just saying.

Clear Creek Colorado Brown Trout

Clear Creek Colorado Brown Trout Photo Courtesy of Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services

Suffice to say the fishing was great! What made it even better was the fact that with the help of Daniel we were able to hit our trash limit for the day. Keep in mind this was the state limit that we had to follow but man was it worth it.

Clear Creek Trash Stringer with Tenkara Grasshopper, Karel Lansky, and Denver Dobbins Photo Courtesy of Daniel Galhardo

Clear Creek Trash Stringer with Tenkara Grasshopper, Karel Lansky, and Denver Dobbins
Photo Courtesy of Daniel Galhardo

Oh, and lest we forget, Daniel Galhardo caught by far the largest bottle fish I have ever seen on a Colorado river. So congrats are in order to him. Keep it up Daniel. (Still wondering if he might qualify for the IGFA record for a bottle on a Tenkara rod.)

Daniel Galhardo and his Colorado Bottle Fish Photo Courtesy of Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services

Daniel Galhardo and his Colorado Bottle Fish
Photo Courtesy of Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services

At the end of the day we were all able to say we had caught fish on a gorgeous river. And with some great people. Thank you guys for a great day and I hope we have many more to come.

Daniel Galhardo, Tenkara Grasshopper, Denver Dobbins Photo Courtesy of Karel Lansky

Daniel Galhardo, Tenkara Grasshopper, Denver Dobbins
Photo Courtesy of Karel Lansky

And to finish out the day, a couple of us ran into the town of Golden for a celebratory beer at the Golden City Brewery. Great beer in a really cool beer garden. Sorry that you were not able to join us Denver Dobbins, next time you will have to see what you can do to join us.

Karel Lansky, Tenkara Grasshopper, Daniel Galhardo Enjoying a post tenkara brew. Photo Courtesy of Daniel Galhardo

Karel Lansky, Tenkara Grasshopper, Daniel Galhardo Enjoying a post tenkara brew.
Photo Courtesy of Daniel Galhardo

Having been able to get out with a couple of great people and spend the day fishing and relaxing is something that we can all enjoy if we can. I know I will be planning more trips in the future and hope that those who either live in Colorado or anywhere else in the country who want to join us can. Any and all new trips that are being planned will be posted here or through social media sites.

Hope you enjoyed this trip, especially those of you who are reading this a long ways from home. (You know who you are!!!)

To close, I hope you all land the fish of your life soon!!!

Oh and before I forget at least one TenkaraOnTheFly gratuitous siting photo.

TenkaraOnTheFly Photo Courtesy of Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services

TenkaraOnTheFly
Photo Courtesy of Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services

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  1. goneflyfishing
    #1 goneflyfishing 26 April, 2013, 03:34

    hey, there were only 5 in that one hole but a few more following you guys!

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  2. Graham Moran
    #2 Graham Moran 16 April, 2013, 15:48

    Sorry Joe. You missed out. But being in a state that has more local micro-brews per capita than any other state I don't think you will miss to many beer searches with us when we go next time.

    Daniel, I am looking forward to many more days like this one in the future. I know there are lots of places that I want to try and hope that we can see some cool spots.

    NOCO, having played with a few designs I am thinking this might be that one random pattern that the fish just might fall in love with.
    I know I have fallen in love with this pattern. Now for a few mutations to see what happens.

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  3. Graham Moran
    #3 Graham Moran 16 April, 2013, 15:48

    Sorry Joe. You missed out. But being in a state that has more local micro-brews per capita than any other state I don't think you will miss to many beer searches with us when we go next time.

    Daniel, I am looking forward to many more days like this one in the future. I know there are lots of places that I want to try and hope that we can see some cool spots.

    NOCO, having played with a few designs I am thinking this might be that one random pattern that the fish just might fall in love with.
    I know I have fallen in love with this pattern. Now for a few mutations to see what happens.

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  4. The NOCO Nympher
    #4 The NOCO Nympher 12 April, 2013, 16:48

    Graham! Awesome Post! I look forward to hear more success on your Chartruese Brassie Kebari! I have to agree with you that what we see as beauty in a fly the fish have the final say! The fly looks great and tight lines with it!

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  5. Daniel @ Tenkara USA
    #5 Daniel @ Tenkara USA 11 April, 2013, 03:52

    A phenomenal trip! Can't wait for the next one…which will surely have to end up with beer!

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  6. Joe Egry
    #6 Joe Egry 11 April, 2013, 02:50

    You started the beer research without me!

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  7. Graham Moran
    #7 Graham Moran 10 April, 2013, 16:57

    Thanks Chris I appreciate it.

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  8. Chris Hunt
    #8 Chris Hunt 10 April, 2013, 16:40

    Good stuff, Graham!

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