Honest to Pete! (Who is Pete anyway?) This rainbow trout was caught in Mother Lake and measured 32 inches, folks! Mike Kruise, co-owner of The Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop out of Longmont, was quite excited to report, and I quote, “This monster is the biggest rainbow I’ve caught ANYWHERE, EVER!” But then wryly commented that it sure sets his bar high for fly fishing the rest of the season!
He caught this on a small crawdad-orange colored squirrel leech! (See below for more hot flies.) Thanks for the photo, Mike, or some readers may not have believed you!
3/14 from JB Bruning: When sun isn’t bright and there’s chop on the water, chironomid hatch was on so dry flies worked well. Size 20 and 18 Griffiths gnats and midge patterns. When bright and sunny: streamers: white, size 10. Also suspended still-water nymphs below a strike indicator (4.5-5 foot drop) with size 20 to 16 chironomids.