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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Adventures on the Colorado River

Casey and I found this spot earlier this year during the Salmon Fly hatch and I thought it would make a great place for the whole family.  We have been back 3 times now!  An added bonus, the towns of Dillon and Silverthorne are are right on the way.  We usually pick up sandwiches at the Smiling Moose Deli (of course!) and we have been eating dinner on the way home at a brewery in Dillon.  Cutthroat Anglers in Silverthorne is also a great fly shop that is generous with the stream reports and fishing intel.


It didn't take Elizabeth long to pull a nice brown out of the river.  She keeps getting better at handling a fishing rod every time we go out!  It won't be long before she is out there with a fly rod!
One of the places we stop along the river is where a small offshoot of the river rejoins the main body of water.  The offshoot is slow and shallow water that the kids can explore.  They have a blast looking for various bugs and playing in the water. 





Of Course Elizabeth couldn't believe all of the amazing bugs you can find on this river.  This is by far the largest river we visit in Colorado and it has some interesting bugs that we don't typically find on the other trout streams we frequent.  This Salmon Fly makes for one delicious meal for a hungry trout.  I had a great time throwing big dry flies to these trout while Elizabeth was catching her bugs!  Unfortunately the big fish that took my Salmon Fly imitation shook out the hook before we could be properly introduced.

We also found a nice shady spot under a huge pine that proved to be an excellent spot to escape the sun and eat some lunch.










Further up stream is a great little spot to fish and has a decent spot for the kids to play where the water is nice a shallow and doesn't flow to fast so the kids can play.  There is even a somewhat sandy spot for the kids to play in.  Kate and I took turns fishing and playing with the kids.
This is a pretty fun little spot that I'm certain we will come back to in the future.  The kids just love it here too which makes it a lot of fun.


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