When I first moved to Colorado twelve years ago, I used to hear about kokanee salmon on the South Platte fairly frequently. However, over the years, I've heard them mentioned less often. As a result, I have been making a trip for the last few years to the Gunnison and East Rivers below Crested Butte to fish for them. So, I was a little surprised this week when a guide friend told me that he had been getting into them on this side of the mountains. Since I had Veteran's Day off, I decided to check things out today. I found plenty of kokanee in the river, although it was apparently about two weeks past the height of the run and the word was out. Lots of competition in the best holes. Still, I caught them until my shoulder ached. The surprise was not the kokanee, but the big trout that had followed them into the river. I saw a digital screen of a 22" rainbow that was caught earlier in the day and it was a magnificient fish. Not quite as magnificient, however, as this hen brown that I took on a red copper john at about 10:00 am. I'm going to hang up my four weight for a while. This one will be hard to beat.