Weekly Piscatorial

Lake Evelyn: High Alpine Cutthroat

I would say the majority of my fly fishing career has been in a river setting. I’ve fished some lakes with streamers and other methods but I have never had a fly rod with me while at an alpine lake until now.  This was an adventure from the moment I picked up Brandon in South metro Denver and we started on our way up the I-70 corridor to the middle of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The day started early when my daughter, Kenzie, and I picked up Brandon at the crack of dawn.  Well, maybe a few hours later than that but we headed up I-70 early. Neither Brandon nor I live in Denver any longer so we didn’t have the luxury of our pantries and kitchens to make lunches or grab snacks so we decided to stop somewhere along the way for such necessities.  The trip up was relatively uneventful and somehow Kenzie talked us in to letting her play DJ and the ride thereafter was narrated by Taylor Swift.  We stopped at a gas station in Silverthorne, CO for gas, snacks, and water. While filling up we watched a local police officer have to break into someone’s car who locked their keys in it! And then after being completely distracted we went into the store quickly, paid for gas and this cool boxed water we found, and headed up to the Lake Evelyn trailhead.  About the time we got to Henderson Mill, which by the way is the largest molybdenum mine in North America, we realized we could use a little snack.  We then further realized that the only thing we got at the gas station was our boxed wa...

Start Small So You Can Dream Big: Fly Fishing in Tabasco Mexico

I would be willing to say that most things in life require that you start off learning the basics before you jump right in and start off with the real deal. Let's face it, no one picks up a bat and heads right off to play in Major League Baseball. It takes years and years of practice to compete with the upper echelon of any category and fly fishing for tarpon is no exception to this rule. From the land of chocolate and water, I'll tell you why fly fishing for tarpon in Tabasco Mexico is one of the most rewarding tarpon experiences. On the first night of our arrival, we met with Paco Jr, Paco Sr, and their team of guides for a dinner. Laughs, beers, expectations, and a few drinks of mescal were all shared among us that evening, as a group of 12 or so people that have never met before got to know one another before the expedition to chase silver kings went underway. The one thing that we talked about is that during the trip we would actually be visiting a chocolate museum. Curious right? I thought so too. Fast forward it to the next day. That chocolate museum trip we talked about. Surprise its today. Due to some unforeseen circumstances we had to move the schedule around. I was pretty bummed to be doing this on the first day because up to this point, I had never fished for tarpon and needless to say I was beyond excited to get into fish. That said though, the trip to the museum ended up being one of my favorite aspects of the trip.  At the museum we got the opportunity to ...