Monday, September 29, 2014

Tricos and Rainbows

It's been a long summer full of Tricos and the fishing has been great.  We are getting to the tail end of the hatch, but recently, the hatch and spinner fall has been awesome.  The fish are still eating hard as you can see in the video.  The bugs are small and now I am having trouble fooling them with #26 spinners.  They still eat them, but not like they were a few weeks ago.  Still, it is fun to watch such a sight.  Make sure to check out the short video with a rainbow going nuts, eating spinners.

Tricos and Rainbows on The South Platte from Juan Ramirez on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


The fishing has been great all year long.  The bugs are really small right now, but there are still a ton of Tricos in 11 Mile Canyon.  The fish in the picture above was caught on a #26 trico spinner by some beginner fly fisherman. It is possible to teach never evers how to cast a dry fly and catch fish on small patterns.  It helps if the clients are younger than 50 too so they can see the pattern on the water!
There is still some really good time on the water right now.  The tricks are mixed with BWOs and that makes for a great dry fly day.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PMD Sparkle Dun video

I've been tying a lot of these lately and I think I have it down.  The Sparkle Wings are excellent patterns to use during any hatch.  Tied in a PMD, as shown here, or a BWO pattern, it's hard to beat.  I threw in a little extra to try out.  Enjoy.

PMD Sparkle Dun from Juan Ramirez on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I remember

I had only seen these two buildings in pictures but I thought the simplicity of them and the height was so awesome.  Being a kid from New Mexico, I figured I'd never see them.  When I stood at the base of them, I couldn't believe it.  The height and scale of them was unbelievable.  As we drove out of the city, there they were, standing like a fourteen thousand foot peak in the middle of a small mountain range. I couldn't stop staring.  I would see them a few more times before that day they disappeared and it was always the same feeling of amazement and  wonder.  I have not been back since, but if I did, I can only imagine what it would look and feel like.  It would be as if Pikes Peak was gone, if Mt. Rainier was gone or the part of the Front Range disappeared.  One day, I will go back, but it will never be the same as I remember.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


It's almost over.  It's getting a bit colder and the snow has been flying in the high country.  I don't know about you, but I think we are in for a hell of winter.  
Here are a few newly shared photos of my trip to Montana in July.  If only I could rewind to late June!