My fishing freaks welcome back to the blog welcome to the HQ where so many of these articles begin here. There are so many boats in here right now, y’all, let’s go one, two, three, four: five: six! Seven, eight, if you want to count kayaks, there’s like another 12 krispies collector. I’Ve moved it over here for now, because a lot of stuff going on at the house, I’ll update you on the chicken coop here in a couple of days right now we’re going on an adventure, it’s like a little taste, a little snippet of Colorado.
I’M talking about going trout, fishing, I’ve done this for the last couple years. In the wintertime there’s trout, there are cold water fish there. There are fish you can catch in the winter that is active, Plus, let’s get serious the taste good and a lot of the states. They grow these trout so that they can be stocked in the winter time for you to enjoy. That is right. If you check your local listings a lot of times with the Parks and Wildlife’s websites, you can see where they’re stocking fish.
So if you’re new to this territory on the trout game in the winter do little a little searching and you might find a really good little trout fishery near you, they do ponds, they do lakes, they do rivers like I’m going to today and we’re going to Be extending our stay camping out and today is all about really finding a good camping spot. It is extremely cold y’all and I need extra gear. So I’ve been gathering up a lot of my stuff.
Some of the stuff is in the in the silver bullet. Definitely going to need what is in there going to need that dry bag, puffy clothes and whatnot? Let’S see do we have any more gloves in here nobody, nuts. I also want to try a new technique, while I’m out there I’m not taking my fly rod because I don’t have one. I had perixx and I broke it. Sorry Pyrrhic, but what I do have is some new crappie fishing poles and I saw somebody last year doing a fly technique.
I think I can get away with by using some of my jigging poles, crappie trout, soft mouth. The rods are designed. Similarly, so you can get the fish in the boat without ripping their lips off. In this case, I’m going to be on the bank taking waders. All of that jazz. I haven’t been camping in a while and I’m pretty excited you know, get the fire going. Tell the fishing stories couple: my friends may come up there, so it ought to be a good time.
Y’All outdoor greatness, the weather is looking Jarriel. It seems like on this blog lately, it’s been cheery whether we get a sunny day come on now tonight, partly cloudy. This evening, then, becoming cloudy after midnight, low 33 Fahrenheit cool waters of the river. Be honestly, it is not looking too fresh right now waters muddy, it’s high. I knew it was going to be pretty hot. I still wanted to get out of here early, so I could get a good camping spot and I think I did not just for me, but for some other people that are coming so we can all camp here.
So I’ll show you that in just second, let’s take a look at the waters itself. Y’All can hear it, I’m sure sure it is moving. That is some definite blow. Someone anticipated it was going to be like this cuz. I looked at the charts really early this morning in the flow charts and it looks like it. It crested it like three or four in the morning and it’s starting to go back down, but it’s still not too, where we want it to be for fishing, especially like waiting out there, you could just imagine throwing a little spinner or something how fast it’s going To be moving not to say the fish aren’t going to sit in certain spots and be available, it’s pretty moist er.
It would be all over that and my very little experience up here when the water is clear, lower flow, you’ll catch them just like that. But if you’re going out fishing in the the high muddy water, you’re kind of wasting your time might as well sit around the camp and enjoy a cold adult beverage. Fortunately I brought none. This is where we’re going to sit our boulders and think. Look at that. Big granite, boulder just think about life right here, think about the dangle now my truck y’all, now that it’s out rigged, I’m so excited that it’s here with mud on it, that’s the way it should be right.
There splattering up mud, getting dirty having fun and the bed is shorter than my other truck, but still doing okay managed to get my creep camping supplies basically set up for truck camping. Here I’ve got my heater. I’Ve got my big sleeping bag got my waders. I have a cooler right here up in here. I actually brought my freeze lock, or what do you call this? The game-saver brought game-saver and bags.
I’Ve got a backpack up here. I’Ve got all the paraphernalia. You need to do a little trout dangle. I can power that thing now with the truck itself with our little little power unit. So if I want to actually get get the fish going in the back of the truck, I can do that there or, if I want to get super advanced, just go off grid. I’Ve got the jacker unit right here, so I can actually use this to power.
My computer power, the food saver, do all those fun things and, of course we got our sleeping pad. You don’t want to leave home without that’s think about that’s going to save money, but literally I’m not Colorado conditioned right now, I’m still in. Like warm Texas, you know winter mode, one other thing to note on the adventure wagon the way it’s rigged out now 22 miles to the gallon now without boat, so that is quite a bit lower.
It was like 29 28 and by average miles per gallon. This is going highway, speeds 7075. You drop down to 60. He goes up to like 24 25, but you know who does that normal driving yeah? So I’m all I’m saying is I wanted to keep you guys updated on the truck and how it is on the diesel. I I can honestly see it just being a wash like you’re getting the low end power, but once you rig it out the way you really want your truck, not with the stock tires that come with it.
That way, like four ounces, your gas mileage goes down with that diesel, so you just wanted to throw that out there in case y’all are thinking about getting one weighing the gasoline versus diesel. I might go with the 6.2 gas thinking back, but I don’t know, love the decent. I don’t know I’m on the edge I’m on the edge. I love the truck, though now I got the camp set up now, I’m just prepping all the gear and we’re about to head out on the mission you know all it is nippy want to make sure to layer up and zip up.
Wool gloves on. I have two base layers. I have sweat shirt on underneath I’m going to keep my Puffy’s in a dry bag safe in the vehicle. Just in case something happens like I get soaking wet and I’m able to get back to shore, I’m just going to run back here to the truck get into the Puffy’s. Your puppies are your downs. They can’t get wet like they lose 90 % of their capability. Once they get wet, so you want to make sure they stay dry that can keep you alive.
I’M going to start off on my first little walk mission. Here, my roundabout, I’m going to be walking down the banks, I’m going to go kind of light. I don’t want to carry my big 12 foot pole with me just yet. I just want to do some recon may not catch anything. The water’s still really turbid, but I’m going to go with just this little six and a half ultralight two crappie pole. Essentially, I’ve got a thousand size reel on there and I’ve got eight pound tests, eight pound test, mono or fluorocarbon Iran.
There that’s a little furry and in my backpack I have some other lures set. I’Ve got some some inline spinners. I have some little spoons. That’S a little shiny and I’ve also got a variety of flies and some different floats and different things like that. Even have some, you know: power bait type stuff. You know trout, food and bluegill food. Whatever you know, yeah little nuggets, let’s go trekking with go crossing.
Our first little creek alert right here, look how beautiful that is now the water out. There is definitely not this clear. It is murky up, so the idea here is: I want to try to figure out the speed and direction. Well, the fish are going to be facing into the current, but I need to figure out. Where are these little Eddie’s find these little rocks? Oh, I just had a bite there see their bite or I hit a boulder already got problems dangling the spool.
Oh well. You know, starting out the day with real zinger here maintenance cast over there try to get our line untwisted, so you actually want to cast slightly upstream and then retrieve that way and your bait will drift into the fish. Hopefully, hopefully that’s what’s happening or you could get snagged there’s a lot of things that could happen here. Folks, it’s fishing, not catching. We are going to go through some baits.
I can already tell you if we’re going to lose baits we’re going to be switching up. Baits, I’m just going to kind of walk this path here. Look at these beautiful cedar, trees, monsters, moss growing on them gorgeous. I really want to try to cross right here come how, but it is super sketchy with just my boot on not sure if I could do it. That is a doozy Magoo right there. I don’t know it’s probably not the smart move.
This is just not looking very promising yeah. That’S pretty neat! That’S pretty neat! That’S going to be a leg Soaker. So what that’s going to be possibly a torso splasher is what we don’t for it. I knew it was going to be difficult. So it’s just doing the proper recon here. This is our skinniest water, but it is turbid. Oh my yeah yeah, but it’s just so close coming over the boots. Already, I don’t feel like it’s going to be good.
You ever get that feeling like this is probably not good. That’S where I’m at right now, because it’s not like waiters where, if I slip it’s like I going to win this sucks, I’m going to get sucked out to here and be soaked when my day is kind of done. I don’t want to be done, so I’m going to make it a adult move here, adult decision you know 20 years ago 10 years ago. Baby, maybe would have done it, but right now I’m going to try to find some greener pastures.
Huh. Okay, take a break from the raging Rapids here, give it the old cast. It’S good Brock. There’S got to be a fish behind these rocks. I just don’t know if it’s their time right now, they’re, probably just chillin waiting for the water to clear up. I just saw guys like he was driving down here on this road he’s camping on the other side of the river, and he he is stuck. He just turned around the way back, can’t even get back right now.
Earlier this morning I looked at the stocking report around here and somewhere on this river they actually put in yesterday 2000 trout, oh yeah, first lure going down yeah that’s got on like a stick log, something branch, Oh where she goes see. You later see you spoon, you’ve just got ta, you know, keep the tackle industry going, that’s what I say right and crazy. Y’All chartreuse orange dots by the way, all if you want a good little tackle box for doing stuff like this, just your tiny terminals and doing you know basically stuff that I’m doing small lures want to keep them really dry.
This is it look how much stuff I got in there and it is bone dry and it fits perfectly inside of your Fanny goes right inside your fanny. Look at that. Well, my initial reconnaissance of the waters has proven my fierce they ain’t going to bite. So what we’re going to do is lean on them back here and Chevy, take a little snooze ER and then get our camp ready and then, when these fish are ready to chomp, I’m going to give them that straight day, awakened me from my snooze buddy.
Lance has arrived, he’s set up his amazing pop-up trailer, tent thingamabob. He is so dialed in for truck camping. He’S got everything you could imagine. I’Ve got a more simplistic situation over here, but it’s going to be just fine. The water still after taking a snoozer is rushing hard brown t. It’S like Texas tea. I don’t. I don’t think the fishing is going to be worth a darn. I’M just going to set up my fault and I love my pop-up tent situation.
It’S essentially a backpack tent. This is like my go-to grab bag. I keep this thing packed. I started doing that, like after New Zealand just have everything like ready to go and that if a bloody call with me or if I find out about something I want to go, do or you know fear about hot bite whatever I just grab this bag and I’M ready to go for like four days. I’Ve got meals ready to eat in there I have the tent.
I have essential clothing items in here. This is my dry bag things. I don’t want to get wet. I have stuff to make coffee, so I have my food kit. I have a hammock. If it wasn’t super cold I could. I could actually sleep in the hammock first-aid kit, the essential hello. What else have I got in here water, filtration system, stuff, to take care of my health? All of that? It’S all in the one duffel bag.
We’Ve got GPS on the outside, so pretty much everything that you’d need the basic essentials to get away with truck camping. On the go, I’m looking for a flat rock a platter, if you will look how this tree has grown over the rocks, that looks like one of those things you should put on like a postcard or a poster. If I got like an inspirational saying, it’s like you know, overcome everything, even when you’re in a hard spot now on the spot thought of it smash like, but for it that one’s close, I think this one’s it, though I think that’s it right there, a little Dirty need to wash our plate, but that’s going to work way down yeah and dude.
It looks like a big open river with a spot and it’s shallow. You walk out in the middle, it falls off. It’S a honey hole man most of times they go. That way – and they go on the main one yeah but walk on this main aisle here this little tail here is where they’re going to be yeah. They didn’t make it that way walked it right here I see if they stock them here, if they did with it yeah like the day they fought through it, but if they’re coming from a higher they’re going to go on that far limp open, buddy Lance here, No one that super duper baby.
It is very dude. Look at it! Look at the wakeup money, it is. It looks like muddier. Now the water looks better down there. Honestly dude. That’S that’s! That’S funny like this is like the last time we were here, and it was like this that we didn’t get a bite like forever. It was banned, normally trip like this. You up catch you, a bunch of trout, come back with your buddies and start cracking those yellow bellies open bugs.
Today it was just a learning experience and really getting prepped for tomorrow, so I’ve got three different rods rigged up. I’M going to focus here. Give me some green tea, reduce inflammation hashtag, getting old, I’m going to crawl up there and my little backpack tent and I’m going to sleep with the soothing sounds of the river y’all. If you’ve never camped next to a river or stream, you just got to do it sometime in your life.
There’S just something about that flow that just allows you to sleep. Easy just set your mind right. I don’t know one of those outdoor things got to do it. Unfortunately, we did not get to break out our flat rock today and cook fish. That was my plan for today’s article, but didn’t happen. It’S going to happen on the next one. I will catch me. Some fish before I leave here, I’m hoping about tomorrow tomorrow afternoon.
It’S going to be really good, but in the morning I’m going to adapt, try some other techniques and trying to figure out how to catch these fish. When they’re sitting in these key areas, I know they’re in and how to get them to bite through these tough conditions. So thank you all for coming along for the camping experience vlog over ever you are. You are cozy coming off a fresh, successful, dangle and God bless.
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