Fall Fishing on Bear Creek

Bear Creek Brown Trout

It was a gloomy day on Bear Creek today. Surrounded by dark waters, cold grey rocks, scraggly leave-less trees, dead grasses, and overcast skies, I felt like I was fishing in a Tim Burton movie. Luckily, the fishing was better than the weather…

Bear Creek

It’s been an eternity since I’ve fished Bear Creek. For much of the summer, there was a voluntary fishing ban which kept me from fishing my go-to creek. Now that the ban is over, I decided to take the day off and revisit my old friend.

Bear Creek Brown Trout

The fishing was good, but mostly small fish. The two pictured above were the biggest ones of the day. The rest were so small, I didn’t even bother to take pictures. But it was consistent and the best part was, I had the entire creek to myself (anyone who fishes Bear Creek knows what a rarity that is).

Ice on Bear Creek

The highlight of the day was bumping into Kevin Fricke of the Tenkara Rising blog. I was taking some pictures along the side of the road when a car pulled up and out came Kevin!

Kevin Fricke and Jason Klass

Kevin Fricke and Jason Klass

Kevin is a great guy and does some amazing photography work. He also starred in the S**t Tenkara Anglers Say video. Running into Kevin was more than a small coincidence. I had been reading his blog for the last few days since he had been going to Bear Creek a lot. In fact, his posts were what inspired me to go there today so you can imagine how surprised I was to see him.

While I fished and had fun, I also worked. I had a lot of gear to field test for upcoming reviews. I guess it’s not really “work”. But I take it as seriously as work. Now, if only I could find a way to make a living off of tenkara…

Author: Jason Klass

Jason is an avid fly angler and backpacker. As a former fly fishing guide originally from Western New York, he moved to Colorado and became an early adopter of tenkara which perfectly suited the small, high altitude streams and lakes there. He has not fished a Western-style fly rod for trout since.

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  1. Real nice, Fall Fishing at its best.

    Wish my local fishing was still on but alas season ended last week.

    I see you still have that tenkara plate. Beware though, that CA dude is about to move to CO so you better superglue that plate in so it can’t be taken off. hehehe


  2. Don’t worry TJ. It’s epoxied on. 😉

  3. how could it have been “a bleak day” when you were fishing, on a great stream, and to top it off, catching fish.

  4. Good point. I changed “bleak” to “gloomy”. I was really just referring to the weather.

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