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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
By Dave Graybill
I threw my fly rod in my truck for a stop at Rocky Ford last Monday, but it was raining so hard that when I passed the turnoff I just kept going. I decided to check out Billy Clapp Lake instead. I know that people were fishing from the shore there before it froze over during the severely cold weather. This reservoir is drawn down in the winter, and water is quite a distance from the end of the boat ramp. The trout fishing in the winter can be so good at Billy Clapp that people will drive across the sand and launch small boats and troll. When I arrived, I spotted an angler parked at the water’s edge with a couple of rods out, so I drove down to see how he was doing. He said he had only got one bite, but when he first started he saw a huge rainbow swim by right next to shore, so he knew there were some big ones out there. Billy Clapp seems to have two distinct populations of trout. When we fish there in the spring we catch a lot of rainbow that are about 14 inches, which are probably the result of the previous year’s plant. Then there are carryovers that weight from 3 to 5 pounds. Sometimes there are quite a few of the.