Rocky Ford Report... and the Fattest Trout You've Ever Seen
January 31, 2017
Where, during winter, can you find a place with trout as big as 6-7 pounds with water that is not frozen over? JoeRoy, Miguel, and I found ourselves wanting a change in scenery and had the itch for some large winter trout. To clarify, JoeRoy is another Joe that works in our shop and we're still working on his "handle" so as not to be confused with Joe Rotter, blogger in chief here at Red's. Anywho, we knocked the ice off of our gear and packed up our car and headed east to Rocky Ford Creek.
This unique fishery is a place everybody should see at least once. This is a spring creek with virtually unlimited visibility. We experienced catching fish on streamers, nymphs, and even dries! Yes, I said dries in the middle of winter. All of the fish were large and had a lot of spunk. JoeRoy landed the fattest fish we've seen out there. Look at this fish close and its practically gross! Ha, just kidding. Fat fish aren't gross. They're beautiful.
This spring creek is fished only from the bank. It is an easy hike around the creek up and down both sides and there are bridges to cross as well. As I said the water is extremely clear making it easy to actually see the fish as you are fighting it and you can take great pictures and video as well.
We all hooked up on a great amount of fish. We were actually having so much fun we almost forgot to check out the rest of the creek. Once we realized we were fixating on the trout in one area we started walking downstream. We stuck to streamers as we went down river and had a lot of luck. There are some areas where the casting can get tricky so planning your spot to stand and cast is sometimes essential.
Other areas its narrow enough you have to worry about stealing drifts if there is someone across the river from you. After fishing down to the lower bridge we crossed and worked out way back up to the top and continued to cast, and yes catch more fish. We fished from about 10-5 with a break mid-day and never had a desire to head home!
Winter Fishing Tips for Rocky Ford Creek
-Use small tippet and leaders (4x-6x). These fish do see pressure and the water is very clear.
-Dont forget a net! You cant step in the creek so you will have a hard time landing fish without it.
-Bring a variety of flies. I have a list of suggestions below:
Dragon fly nymphs live several years under water. Stripping this through the slow water can really produce some nice fish and aggressive takes.
The #16 in this Tungsten Jighead Caddis Pupae really sinks and it doesn't seem to snag on bottom. Since you can't use split shot at Rocky Ford this is a good trick.
This is a great mayfly nymph with a tungsten bead that is black. It looks very real and is good for sight fishing with nymphs to trout that you can see. The #20 seems to be the most productive in that situation.
Since there are so many scuds, having a couple of options is a good idea. We sell this Soft Tex scud and when it gets wet it looks crazy real.