What do you get when you mix light weight tackle, tiny flies, nasty weather, and a huge Gore Canyon Colorado Rainbow? or Two.
A. A very tense, adrenaline pumping, terrifying, rod bending, backing pulling, totally absorbing, bicep exhausting, reel spinning, live connection with a vigorous wild fish.Todd Fehr, former President of Denver Trout Unlimited, grabbed a rare open slot on Reid Baker's guide calendar and put out an email to the DTU board to split the cost. My email filter bumped this to RED ALERT and I snagged the spot before the other sadly employed board members could respond. Working full time has serious draw back.
According to guide manager Reid Baker, these two 26 inch rainbows were an indication that all the work being done upstream in the headwaters of the Colorado, all the municipal wastewater treatment plants from Grand Lake to Kremmling, all the work done by State, Federal, and Private organizations to improve the Colorado is helping these fish grow and reproduce naturally. Their annual migration to spawning grounds in the Blue is becoming better each year.
"One 26 inch monster rainbow each season is cause for real celebration," said Reid.
"To have these two bumbling idiots catch two in a single day is a great indication that the health of the river is coming back big time," is what he was probably thinking.