This Month’s Speaker

Rocky Mountain High-Sticking with Rod Cesario – Thursday, March 29th at 7pm

The Rocky Mountains of central Colorado are as close to Heaven as you can get (or at least John Denver thought so). They have some tough winters, though: the town of Gunnison is Number Three on’s Five Coldest American Cities, behind Barrow, Alaska and International Falls, Minnesota. It once hit 47 degrees below zero. Crested Butte, the nearby ski resort, is renowned for free-style skiing.

Believe it or not, our March speaker, Rod Cesario of Dragonfly Anglers in Crested Butte, can be found guiding clients in this area all winter long. November through January they hit the nearby Taylor River, which is known for its tailwater, the “Hog Trough”. The trout there get huge (and very orange) eating mysis shrimp. The Colorado record rainbow (40 1/4″) was caught there. But they’re fussy. The trick is apparently to give them a shrimp imitation on tippet small enough to avoid spooking them, but big enough to avoid breaking. That’s the kind of frustrating problem that drives anglers to drink (a short trip for most of us).

Rod will be discussing the waters and fishing opportunities of the Gunnison/Crested Butte area, and the flies and tactics that will land you a fish there.

Here’s a brief biography:
“Rod was born in Grand Junction, and grew up fishing and hunting in the mountains of Colorado. After graduating from College – Bachelor’s Degree Business Marketing/ Management – he moved to Crested Butte in 1985 and started guiding fly fishing in 1988. Rod and his brother opened Dragonfly Anglers Fly Shop to tie in with the Guide Service in 1992.

“2017 will be Rod’s 30th year of guiding in the Crested Butte-Gunnison area. The true enjoyment of guiding in this valley for Rod are the endless choices of water for the numerous trips he guides each year. Spending time with guides from all over the world (New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Bahamas, Mexico, The Keys, British Columbia, Aruba, Christmas Island) have given a great perspective on the profession!”

And, yes, they do guide in all four seasons, for those wimps out there who don’t like to fish in -47 degree temperatures. But here’s a little note on winter:

“Nov/Dec/Jan: Bring on mid-winter conditions as we fish the Taylor River for some of the largest fish in the state. (Note: although the elevation is 9000 feet we fish the area all year). Some days can be quite cold, yet we often get very comfortable days in which we take full advantage.”

Join us at the Clubhouse on Thursday, March 29 at 7pm.

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