A couple of my favorite rivers in Colorado.

Two of my favorite rivers to fish in Colorado are the Yampa, which flows right smack thru downtown Steamboat Springs on it’s way to the Green River in Utah. While fishing the section in downtown Steamboat can be good at times, when it’s not been over fished, it gets much better below Stagecoach Reservoir. The Yampa is the ONLY free-flowing river in Colorado. One of my other favorites is the Colorado River outside of Kremmling. Big fish and beautiful scenery.

My buddy Dan Cone on the Yampa in Downtown Steamboat.

The Yampa as if flows below Stagecoach Reservoir.

My buddy Justin Wheeler casting on the Yampa.

The Colorado River at sunrise.

The Colorado River.

Another fish hooked on the Colorado River.

Early Fall on the Colorado River.

Best friends fishing the Colorado.

Ahhhh, Fly fishing in Colorado !

Having fly fished many of the rivers, streams and lakes of Colorado as well as guiding on them I’ve been thinking some about which “ONE” river or stream would be my favorite. Which one would I fish all summer long if I had the opportunity ? Well, there really wasn’t much thought needed on that one because everyone who knows me fairly well knows which one I’d choose. Troublesome Creek just outside of Kremmling. Now, most of my friends know that I’m a small stream fisherman who loves to fish with a 7 foot 4 weight rod, a dry fly or a dry dropper and the size of the fish is not what really matters to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love to catch big fish, but I’m more excited about landing 12 inch Brookies and Browns all day long on a small stream.  Ok, so there are several small streams I’d love to fish on a regular basis but Troublesome Creek for some reason holds a very special place in my heart. When I was guiding at Elktrout Lodge I would try and get my clients on the creek as often as possible, probably for selfish reasons I guess. For me it was as much about just being on the upper creek and enjoying the peace and quiet as much as it was about catching fish. I spent several days rolling rocks on the upper Troublesome during the spring of 05′. Rolling rocks was how we rebuilt the rock structures along the creek each spring. After runoff these structures were typically damaged and in need of repair so a few of us guides would spend a couple of days rolling rocks back onto the structures to rebuild holding areas for the Trout. Because I was a guide at Elktrout and Elktrout had long term leases on the Troublesome and didn’t allow the guide to fish the property often, I only had the opportunity to actually fish the creek a couple, maybe three times from 05′ to 07′. But those two or three times were absolutely marvelous. So, here a few photos from my time on the Troublesome, my favorite place to fish and guide in Colorado.

Client on Troublesome Creek

Troublesome Creek 07'

Lower Troublesome Creek

Fish on... The Upper Troublesome.

Structures on the Upper Troublesome

The Upper Troublesome

Stealth on the Upper Troublesome

Fall Fishing on the Upper Troublesome

Lower Troublesome

Copper Canyon Mexico

We’re trying to finish up the post production on an HD project for the Fredericksburg CVB, a 10 minute movie that we’ve been shooting on for about a year now. We’re burning Blu-ray DVD’s today and will have our first test run on the new system in the CVB’s theater tomorrow. It has to be finished and in the theater by March 1st. Still have to do some color grading on it but when it’s all finished I’ll post it here in the blog so everyone can see it. So far it’s looking beautiful.

On another note, I’ve been looking through old photos lately and have posted one or two occasionally. I’ve been following lots of issues in the news, the fight to keep Bristol Bay free from those crazy Pebble Mine folks who want to destroy the environment there, the uprisings in the Middle East, the earthquake in New Zealand and closer to home, the continued drug violence in Mexico. As some of you know I’ve made a few trips down into Mexico over the years, some for work and some for pleasure. I’ve always loved the culture and the people of Mexico and it seems that every time I return from a trip South of the border I find myself thinking of and planning the next trip. I and several buddies have made a few dual sport motorcycles trips into an area called Copper Canyon, also known as Barrancas del Cobre. Our adventures usually lasted 9 to 12 days and would takes us deep into the canyons, places where vehicles other than a dual sport motorcycle dared to attempt . Copper Canyon is in the state of Chihuahua and is basically a network of canyons which together are several times larger than the Grand Canyon in Arizona. You can enjoy some of Mexico’s most rugged and stunning natural scenery in Copper Canyon and the canyons’ wide range of elevation results in 2 distinct climactic zones with sub-tropical forests in the valleys and a cool alpine climate in the highlands’ where pine and oak forest exist. The area is home to 4 indigenous groups. The largest group, estimated at about 50 000, is the Tarahumara, or Raramuri, as they call themselves. Many live in caves in the canyons and preserve a way of life that has changed little over time. Our trips into the canyon have been magical, the scenery breathtaking and the people we’ve met along the way are some of the nicest you could ever ask to be around. Although we’ve taken different routes from the border town of Ojinaga Mexico over the years our 8 hour ride always brings us to our base camp in the wonderful town of Creel. Leaving Creel for our overnight adventures takes us from a cool elevation of 7800 feet to the bottom of the canyon at around 1600 feet. The 84 mile ride from Creel to the little village of Batopilas, deep into the canyon, takes around 7 to 8 hours. The first 40 miles are some of the best pavement I’ve ever ridden with the remaining 44 miles being some of  the most hair raising and spectacular dirt and rock roads. At 1600 feet elevation, Batopilas is nestled along the Batopilas River and the ride down will surely shake the cobwebs and awaken one to the awe inspiring scenery. When I was first there in 2001 the village had just received full time electricity the night before. Leave Batopilas and take a ride up and over a mountain range and across the Urique River and you’ll end up in the little village of Urique and if that’s not enough adventure you could ride the twisting and winding switch backs that take you out of Urique Canyon to the charming village of Cerocahui, located at the edge of Urique Canyon – the deepest canyon in the system. From there the most adventurous will enjoy the ride to the very remote town of Temoris. What an adventure, just writing this brings back such wonderful memories. Unfortunately the last two trips we’ve planned have been cancelled due to the violence that’s broken out in the area. Someday, someday soon I hope, I’ll be back on a dual sport bike and back into the canyon. Here’s a few shots of the last three or four bikes I’ve had for Copper Canyon.

The Road to Batopilas

My DRZ400S out for a shakedown ride.

"Rosita" My sweet KLR on the road to Batopilas

KLR on the Road to Batopilas 2001

Tunnel outside of Cerocahui Mexico

My DRZ400S ready to go on an adventure

My BMW Dakar 650.

Heritage School video

Last fall I shot and edited a video for a local private school here. Even though my kids are enrolled at a different private school I have a connection to Heritage because Trish created all of the school’s advertising and marketing materials for three or fours years and many of our friends send their kids to Heritage. It’s a fantastic school, great kids and a great faculty. I enjoyed spending he day there and enjoyed interviewing the kids.