S3:E39 One Fine Day in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness

Harrison Flats is not listed on the trail head as you walk into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness in Colorado. The trail ends about a mile below the lake, so finding it is cause for celebration. In this episode, Steve interviews Dave about finding and fishing this pristine high mountain lake that sits above the timberline. It’s one fine day of rising cutthroat, blue skies, and breathtaking scenery in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.

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One thought on “S3:E39 One Fine Day in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness

  1. As always, great podcast. My most recent “fine day” came in February 2018 when I was reminded of the “forceful finesse” we fly fisherman must employ on a regular basis. I never have an issue with gracefully slinging line (that’s right Dave, natural athlete blah blah blah) but was painfully reminded of the delicate balance of force and finesse required when reeling in a large trout. On my second cast, I hooked a Rainbow that was easily in the 3.5-4lb range. I screamed out to my buddies like Mike Iaconelli (who quickly reminded me we were fly fishing on a small river and not out on a lake in a 20ft bass boat) during the display of acrobatics and gasped when the reel went screaming. I attempted to apply a gentle touch with cold, thick hands as she ran towards a dense thicket of fallen timber. Alas, my heart was broken like the 5x tippet attached to my fly. The rest of the day I fished clean as I landed five of five for the remainder of my time on the water; a hard lesson well learned with acquired instincts returned. Tight Lines.