Sunday, March 25, 2012

Favorite Family Pastime, South Platte River, 11 Mile Canyon, Colorado

Date: Monday March 12, 2012
Weather: Partly cloudy, warm, Breezy
Insect/Activity: Not much
Patterns Used: Blacktail BaetisAB Tungsten Hare's EarGrey Midge Pupa
Flows: 92

I spent some quality time with the family today doing our favorite activity! Yes, I am a blessed man to have a wife that loves to go fly fishing with me, and I love doing it with her. However, for the last 8 months I've been trying my hardest to see how early you can take an infant with you. Turns out 4 months was a little too early, and crazy as I am, I just couldn't subject a 6 month to the bitterest winter fishing. However, when the forecast for Monday was a balmy 55 degrees and the sun was shining, I played hooky from work and we set out to 11 Mile to test the infant fishing age.
Do these sunglasses make my face look small?
It was really a great day all in all. The fishing was not epic, there was a fair amount of winter lethargy hanging about the fish, but we found them and they would take a well presented drift of baetis or midge. Really, the hardest part is that a boy of Winston's age only has short windows of time between naps, so we did a lot of driving for a little fishing but it was worth it. Especially, to get Michelle hooked up with a few fish because it had been a long time since she was last out on the river.
Michelle wasn't happy about her hair in this photo, but she was quite happy about the fish!
Winston was a champ, even helping me strip in some line when I need it. His first fish (while he was awake anyway) was a pretty exciting moment. He had no clue what it was, but definitely wanted to grab it, and most likely would have tried to put it in his mouth if that were possible.
Winston, working on his line stripping technique.
First fish!

I'm looking forward to many more days like this :-)

Tight lines out there!

-Jeff Allen


  1. Jeff .. You had mentioned this great family day when we talked ... such a special day. Thanks of sharing :-)

  2. That's great that you brought your son! My 5 month old daughter has been to the Ark down in Pueblo and we just got back today from fishing the Pan! He'll be casting his own rod in no time!

    1. Let me know if you come up with any great tips! I contemplated taking a pack and play so "on river" naps could happen, but somehow the logistics just don't seem to work :-)

  3. I agree the community can be amazing. The inspiration, and the support stylish trip..