Aug 10 2008 1:11 pm
One thing Cow Creek Ranch could improve is the strength of their coffee. I’m sitting here now in Soma in Bloomington Indiana enjoying a tall glass of very fine, strong-brewed, real coffee. I’m going to drink two. Maybe three.
Scuff on the fuselage, lightening on the left, lightening on the right, my flight back from New Mexico was not great. I got to my new house around 2:00am last night. I still have to unpack from the move. Awesome.
But enough of the complaining. Just two days ago I was traipsing through high meadows on the Sangre de Cristo Mountains plunking down a bushy stimulator in every riffle, pocket and hole of Cow Creek looking for the five-slam. Above the black, swirling, deep pools of the manicured guest beats on the main fishery at the ranch, Cow Creek continues to climb into the mountains above 10,000’. There’s a trail that follows it all the way up.
I broke my 3 weight so the ranch manager let me borrow her brand new Helios 3 weight. It was an 8’4” tip flex 3 weight. I prefer a flimsier 3 weight. Doesn’t need to be fast. I want it to be flimsy to protect my tippet and allow me to lay the fly down gently. A Helios 3 weight seems silly. 3 weights are light enough. I’d like to try an 8 weight Helios. It did rollcast quite well though…
Between my brother and I we got the five slam in a couple hours: rainbow, cut-bow, cutthroat, brown and brookie. It was mostly cut-bows up there, some going to 12”. It was great fishing.