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Looking back at my trips during 2017, this parrot fish was a top highlight. Los Roques offers so much variety outside of the huge aggressive bonefish that own the flats there.
I visited Roques in 2010 and was on a self guided day with a 6 wt. I wandered across huge schools of parrot fish, but felt like the 6 was undergunned, so I decided against it. I had just caught a bluefin trevally on the 6 and it had nearly spooled me.
Fast forward to 2017. My bro Matt is with me and we ask to target parrot fish one morning. We pull up to a flat and it was loaded with them. 5 minutes into them, Matt hooks up. Our guide Oswald yells to his first mate to grab the camera. Matt lands the fish and Oswald starts getting tons of photos with his phone and our camera. We are thinking "wow, he is really excited about this fish, more excited than all the tarpon we caught at dawn." I continue to fish them and must have put 100 casts to 40 different fish. Perfect shots. All rejections. It felt like permit fishing, but a bad day of it. I fail to get one to eat and we get back on the boat and ask Oswald why he was so excited. He responds "20 years guiding here, that was the 3rd one that ate the fly and the 1st one we ever landed." Granted, he didnt target them each day, but to see a fish make a guide's day and give him a great story only sweetens the deal.
Of course, Matt bragged about this for months. The one that Keith didn't catch.
Well ...... Tried the blue river yesterday for the first time in my life. Started down by green mountain res. For two reasons . I hate crowds and elbow fishing the outlets didn't look fun so I did donuts in the parking lot as the masses rigged up watching in horror hahaha . Then drove my happy ass outside of silvy. Hooking into a tiny tiny brown. Ate an egg 😂😂 of all things. So . After 4 hrs of 12 degree snow/sunny wading with little success. I proceeded to my place at the #mysis buffet with the rest. Actually was pleasantly surprised to see they had cleared out. ( probably had to get back to Denver before the wife yells at them)
So I checked out a spot a few friends had recommended.... thankyou sir 🤙@chrisjhanson . As well as @coloradoflyfishingcouple 👊👊 . Of course threw a mysis for my lead nymph, followed by an absolute favorite of Chris and mine, The fabled Mercury Beauty size #24 of course...
I worked my first hole with absolute tedious precision. High sticking to the point of carpal tunnel . Knowing that catching myself a blue river bow of epic proportions depended souly on a well presented mysis / midge platter.
Over and over I watched perfect drift turn to constant hang ups on bottom. Which is good so I've been taught....im where I need to be. But where are the fish ?? Of course . I look to my left , scratching the soon impending darkness out of my eyes. There sat two massive blue river pigs. Slurping mysis less than 2ft from me.
I continue fishing the deep run ahead of me. Glancing over ever so often , thinking "if I could just get my net right under him "
But my gut said no you got this. Just keep at it. Looking of at those two gorgeous , bright red striped lunkers......tap tap ....tap tap. SHIT !!!! THERE HE IS !! WHEW!! After a glorious 10 second brawl he shook me loose ...only to retrieve a straight hooked mercury midge 🤤 .
So .....without further adeau!!!! Here's a gorgeous cheesman caynon bow from Saturday with the great homie @jayceleon
Enjoy folks. Tightlines everyone !!! Have a beautiful day 👊👊