In order to fish for trout, we used to have to drive 2.5 hours to Bennett Springs State Park and Trout Hatchery. Dustin and I spent many fantastic, albeit tiring, days at Bennett. Our routine would consist of getting up around 230 or 300 so we could arrive in time for the horn. We’d be silly and fish way too long, and then barely make it home with one eye open. I have a special affinity for this place since it is essentially where Dustin and I learned to fly fish, him just a few (15 years) prior to myself.
Yesterday, my mom said a work colleague heads to Bennett next weekend. She asked what Dustin I normally had luck with, and wondered if he could tie up a few patterns. The following are what we always made sure we had in the box for a trip to Bennett. Truth be told, the only other fly we caught fish on that is not in this group is a John Deere.
Dustin and I both caught a lot of trout on the King, and most mornings would start out with this little guy. When Dustin first started to tie these, I was completely enamored with them. I wanted a King on my line all the time. Kings just flat out produce.
The credit for this fly goes to the guys at Rainbow Fly Shop in Independence. I am not sure which one is the original creator, but he deserves a prize. This fly really is super; we’ve tore them up at Bennett with it, and wild Colorado trout have fell victim to it as well. The fish above, it scarfed the Superman.
Much the same as the Superman, just a little change-up in colors, which is exactly what the trout need sometimes. I mean we don’t like to eat the same things all the time, right? So why should they. This little guy has been a killer as well. Dustin also ties it with blue wire – which is the way I prefer, just because it has netted me more fish than the red and silver. He also ties this as an emerger.
What a versatile fly this is. Dustin has caught fish with this while fishing it as a dry, fishing it deep with sinking line, and fishing it just below the surface with floating line while stripping it back to him. Throw this fly on late morning or early afternoon and it will score you some trout. We’ve fished a variety of colors with this as well.
We’ve seen many a fish swim by with some kind of maribou hanging from it’s lip. Bennett Trout cannot resist the maribou, it is just fact.
Okay, I have to say it, Dustin and I don’t like to fish these. I am not sure why, because they work. Early in this fly fishing game, Dustin soured me on this worm as he looked in his box with disgust at them. From that point on I thought they were the devil of all flies. Totally silly, because when the water is high, the fish eat these. As we all know, rain brings out the segmented worms, and well, those worms are mighty tasty to our fish. With water high and muddy at Bennett, it might be well time to tie on a San Juan.
Incredible water surrounds me now, so it is somewhat unbelievable that I wouldn’t mind another day at the trout park. It certainly holds a bit of nostalgia, for Dustin and I both. With Dustin tying these Bennett flies, and Brooke’s Eleven Point flies, homesickness starts to kick in a bit.
I hope my mom’s colleague enjoys Dustin’s flies and has a great weekend with her husband and grandkids.