Archive for October, 2010

Delaney Buttes, CO trip- Oct. 18- 20, 2010 (New Pegging System Trials)

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Nice brown, Otter!

Lawrence Perry with a nice catch!

Fished a few days at the North Lake right after DOW took all their eggs from the spawning browns. This was my first trip to Delaney, and I had a tough first few days getting the system down to hook these wary browns, but finally found the correct method. Fished the far north shore mostly, well away from the dam area and the numerous pods of spawning browns in that area. Here is what worked: First, cut off all the trailing and excess veil from the egg . Natural eggs found in a lake are not moving as in a river; hence the trailing veil to indicate a “milking egg” is not found on these natural eggs in a lake.   Cut the excess veil off, but be sure to leave the veil  over the egg that compresses and holds the egg onto the hook!

These eggs needed to rest on the bottom of the shoreline and not moved; i.e., you have to wait for the fish to come to you! Lying along the shore line areas in 2 to 4 feet of water, they would pick them up gently and then you were “hooked”. Took mostly browns in the 14 to 18 inch size, with a few small rainbows now and then. Had one great afternoon with my fly rod hooking over 30 in  3 hours.

 The other item was we tried our new prototype pegging system using  small diameter plastic sleeves inserted inside and through the eggs. This “Alaska Style” system worked very well, but The Otter needs more work on his pegging system, as the eggs are pulling off of the tubes after a few hookups. Although you can easily re-slide the egg back onto the tube, we need to find a permanent way to keep the egg onto the tube. Tough job, as Poly materials are almost Un-Glueable! But The Otter’s on top of it!

Evening shot look at the Rawah Wilderness Area

A pod of browns in spawning mode

The best producing colors were the 6 mm size eggs in Apricot, Apricot Opaque, Tangerine, Tangerine/Red Flash, Dead Egg White, and Salmon Egg. The last 2 days, myself and good friend Lawrence Perry, who came up and joined me for 2 days, had plenty of hook ups on both 6 mm and the new 8 mm egg sizes.

The Otter landing one!


Note pegged egg