A couple months ago, my wife informed me that we were going to be heading up to Colorado to visit one of her friends from highschool. Being the supportive husband that I am, I smiled, told her that sounded fine. Once our conversation was over, my excitement could not be contained, and I instantly starting doing some research on how I could get onto some water while I was there. After a few emails and phone calls, Juan Ramirez, of The Hopper Juan, agreed to meet with me for a day of fishing on the Arkansas River to see if we could tempt some of the browns and bows that live in its waters.
Fish came on a variety of bugs. Morning saw us drifting stone flies and caddis, and around lunchtime, everything aligned for a nice little BWO hatch. Even though the wind blew steadily for the rest of the day, blue wings were the name of the game, and Juan even pulled a couple on a dry. It was a surreal day, and the fishing was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. A BIG thank you to Juan for meeting up with me and after looking through his fly boxes, I am inspired to sit down at the vise even more than I already do. He has a true talent and passion for tying flies. Thanks again Juan, and I look forward to seeing you soon.