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First day fishing Boulder Creek

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As luck would have it I stumbled upon the chance to attend a workshop/conference in Boulder Colorado. After doing a quick google search on the fishing scene in Boulder it became clear that the fly fishing ***s must have looked favourably on me.

Boulder has long been one of the best kept secrets amongst the Colorado fly fishing fraternity. However after the movie Catch and Release (which isn't really any good) the town was put on center stage for the excellent brown trout fishing to be had. The town is akin to Stellenbosch and is centered around the University of Colorado - Boulder, which for those who are interested is also the venue of the physics conference I am attending. The University of Colorado has a rich physics history with four Nobel Laureates including Dave Wineland who received the prestigious award last year "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems". Enough of physics for now.

There are a couple fly fishing outfits in town, but the one that stands out from the rest is Rocky Mountain Anglers with owner Randy Hicks at the forefront. Randy and his staff are super knowledgeable on the how to fish to local waters and their advice proved to be spot on. They also give back to the community by running summer camps where they teach kids how to fish and tie flies.

Boulder Creek mostly consists of pocket water with a good variation of deep and shallow runs. Randy's advice was to fish the entire river using dry-dropper. He recommended size 6 to 10 for the dry with any nymph in sizes 14 to 16 fished a foot below the dry. The Chubby Chernobyl is their dry of choice with a CDC PTN for the dropper.

After purchasing a Colorado State fishing licence I cycled 10 miles up the canyon and started fishing. Within the first couple the minutes the first brown of the day was in the net, taking the nymph. The fish were plentiful and eager to rise to a size 8 hopper. The largest fish was 14 inches with the average fish being 8 to 10 inches in length.

My fishing will be restricted to weekends due to conference obligations. I will be in Boulder for the remainder of July and will post weekly updates with photos and anecdotes.

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