Rocky Ford

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  1. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

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    I met up with Zen Leecher to fish and learn a little more about Rocky Ford yesterday. First of all I should say that Bill is a terrific guy and fun to fish with. He pretty much gave me a guided tour and lesson in his methods of fishing the ford.

    To start off we walked down to the faster, skinnier water. Not to far down we found a little run with some rising fish. We tried various small flies under foam indicators and even some small dries. Bill got a small fish and LDRed a larger one. I got tons of strikes, but no hook ups. For some reason I was getting more strikes on my dirty green fly line than on the fly. We moved down a ways to a little run that spills into a pool. Bill started getting fish and hook ups right away and was catching consistently for a while. I was a little lower down and not having quite as good luck, but did manage a fish or two. Bill graciously invited me to fish his spot where I got another couple. All the fish were in the 9-11" range. Most were on small soft hackles or nymphs under the indicator, but Bill got at least one on a dry. They were my first fish at RF so I was pretty happy. Bill was wishing for something a little bit bigger.

    We also fished the slower sections up a little higher. We tried several different methods including dead drifting a scud and Ira's "scud on a rock" method. I remember bill getting another small fish, but no large ones. I didn't have any luck at all in those sections.

    I had a great time, learned much about RF and fishing with an indicator. I look forward to more trips and figuring out how to catch the big ones.
     
  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Let me know when you want to try it again and I'll have some gray-greenish "itty-bitty's" for us to use.
     
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    right on, glad it was a good time. sorry i had to bail, but i did end up catching a 12 lb. brooder after escorting mom to and from the doc.
     
  4. sounds like a good time you had. I however stay away from that place at all costs now once i fished some real desert streams.
     
  5. Patrick Gould

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    I'm a little on the fence about RF also. There are similar waters in a more natural setting, but I would need to drive an extra hour to get there. I must admit that I had a better time yesterday at RF than I did fishing one of the less well know spring creeks. The weather was great and it wasn't too crowded. The fish we caught were healthy and for the most part scrappy.
     
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    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Hope you don't restrict your lake fishing to only real trout lakes. There are very few in WA state.
     
  7. yah i really do limit myself. lakes bore me tho. i rather be catching fake steelhead and native chromers:D
     
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    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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  9. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    Once you learn that method though the slower sections will be your favorite, Bill can attest to the effectiveness of it.

    If you were catching lots of little guys, then they must have just recently stocked it. When that happens I consider it my personal mission to educate each and everyone of those small fish. They need to learn not to eat flies that are sinking, only ones that are sitting on rocks.
     
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  10. Gary Thompson

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    If you were fishing down stream from the lower hatchery you were catching trout that come up from Moses lake.
    The creek between the two hatcheries gets a stocking around this time of year.
    In the past I have found these newly planted trout to be in the half to one pound class.
    Last time out I fished from the middle rocky area up stream.
    I had some fast action where it was one after another then nothing, no matter what I put out there.
    I'm kinda spoiled after being in MT for a month.
    Spring creeks and small blue lines every where and all full of trouts.
    Access is the biggest issue.
     
  11. Patrick Gould

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    The fish we were catching were less than one pound so maybe they were fish from down stream or naturally reproducing.
     
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    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    Plenty of the fish below the two hatcheries are fish that came from the hatchery, not fish from Moses Lake. I've talked to hatchery workers and they have stocked fish from the hatcheries below the fall out. Some of the fish from above the fall also move below on accident. Also in high water fish will move up into the upper section. I once hooked a fish in the lower section that swam through the culvert and moved up and around the corner. That was a tough land.
     
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    Ira, I know that you've spilled your guts on fishing RF, but I can't find the thread using search. Do you have it bookmarked?
     
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    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    I do not have the post bookmarked, if you happen to find it let me know. Or if all else fails we will fish it sometime together.
     
  15. Gary Thompson

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    "or if all else fails we will fish it together sometime"
    Keep me posted and I'll meet ya all out there, sometime.
    Today would be a good day at the Ford.
    I've got to go to the dentist, maybe tomorrow.
    Thanks for talking to the hatchery folks and thank them for stocking that part of the creek. I've caught some whoppers in the cobbles, lots of fun.