Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This is the Grand Mesa

Exploring this mountain has been one of my favorite parts of living in western Colorado.  It’s simply a beautiful place with fishy water in abundance.  A couple recent visits have been very productive for me.

My first trip was in search of the allusive grayling.  Throughout most of the year I am very lucky to find these guys.  However, if you learn when and where to look, you can increase your chances.  There aren’t a lot of grayling on the mountain so I appreciate tight lips.

My second trip was spent exploring some new brook trout lakes.  Brookies always seem to put a smile on my face.  I’m searching the mountain for the jumbo brooks that I hear rumors about.  I haven’t found them yet, but I have a couple more hunches.  The standard marabou jigs seemed to do a wonder on these guys.

For my last trip I brought the tube along and was set on floating a hike in lake I had never been to.  I geared up and made the hike.  It was just over a mile.  I arrived and sat on the shore waiting for any sign of life…none came. I walked around the small lake, casting as I went, but nothing happened.  The only life I could see was a small frog.  Bummer…it looked so promising too. 

Not wanting to call it a day yet, I set my sites on a cutthroat lake.  Many of the cuts were still doing the dance in the inlet, but I decided to get in the tube anyways.  There were several other fisherman, which really bummed me out, but there was not a lot of catching going on.  A little brook came first.

Finally I dialed in on the presentation and color they wanted.  They were small, but fun.

I finally found one with a little heft and fight.  An awfully cute cuttie too.

That was a great fish to top off the trip.  I'm positive there'll be many more stops on the Grand Mesa this summer.

Life tends to be short, live it well.


  1. Beautiful photos and reports reflecting the spirit of western mountains. Didn't know that grayling were a part of it. I hope to return there someday. Thanks!

  2. Thank you Walt. The Mesa is a very neat place!

  3. Jeremy
    What a great post; full of some awesome shots of trout and the amazing Grayling, which is one fish I hope I get to hook into one day. Absolute stunning colors on all the trout with some exceptional camera work. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks Bill! Grayling are a very special little species for sure.

  4. Gorgeous fish, man! Great to hear from you and glad you're slaying those trout!

  5. Jeremy you are a gentleman and a scholar! Come shoot some carp and catch bass with me on the bear sometime! (Sick fish!)

  6. P.S., Forgot to mention that I'll place a link on my blogroll, Rivertop Rambles, to you-- which reminds me to keep on following good work.