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Pancho's first steelhead

Pancho Winter
December 9, 2010
Steelhead Adventure: Deschutes 2010

Warren's Steelhead Epic

I rolled out of Telluride on September 30 to start another October in the beautiful steelhead state of Oregon.  This year, Pancho Winter accompanied me for the first two weeks.  We left town around 3 in the afternoon after stopping by the fly shop to say a quick goodbye.  25 hours later, we were launching on the upper Deschutes.  About 25.5 hours after that, Pancho landed his first steelhead: beautiful 28" wild buck on the swing.  All true.  Shortly afterwards, I landed my first fish.  It was going to be a good trip.  

Hot fishing on the Uncompahgre

Fishing at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk on the Uncompahgre was really good last weekend.  I guided two anglers at the park on Saturday and we had all kinds of action -- rainbows eating small nymphs all day long, fish rising to midges in the afternoon, big spawning browns chasing the smaller rainbows -- it was an action-packed day.  Micro nymphs were the most consistent.  We primarily used the Mayhem, Winker Midge, Zebra Midge and Cheeseman Emergers.  Egg patterns were deadly, too.  We switched to dries for a while in the afternoon and caught four fish off the surface.  We als

San Miguel suddenly icy

Our long fall season on the San Miguel appears to be coming to an end.  This week, overnight temperatures dropped below zero.  I have noticed anchor ice forming in places along the river, a sure sign that fishing is more or less finished until late February on the San Miguel.  Time to fish the Uncompahgre and Gunnison.


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