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Colorado gives you a chance to catch some 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish. You can fish for rainbow, brown, brook or lake trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. There are 6,000 miles of streams and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs to choose from.
All these choices can be overwhelming, this book is written with that in mind. The author has 50 plus years fishing Colorado waters. This book will help narrow your choices and give you valuable insight on some of the best Colorado has to offer. The information in this book will help you find and catch more fish even if you have fished Colorado before. If you are thinking on visiting Colorado this is a great book to start with.
Colorado's 168 miles of Gold Medal streams provide outstanding angling opportunities for large trout, book has a list these waters and what the author uses to consistently catch large fish.
Having fished Colorado since an early age, he shows you what flies and lures work best at some of the best places to fish.
Read stories on how author was able to catch and release up to 75 fish in one afternoon using a little known variation on a well known fly. Read how he caught and released 15 trout over 18 inches the last one being a 27 inch 7 lb brown trout all before 10:00 A.M. Includes tying instructions for his favorite flies.
Read how he caught and released 15 trout over 18 inches the last one being a 27 inch 7 lb brown trout all before 10:00 A.M. All on techniques that are easy to put into use and work well in most streams, rivers and lakes.
Whether it is fly fishing, lure fishing or bait fishing, this is the book for you. Book is full of information about where and how to fish with maps and directions to the best waters Colorado has to offer. Informs the reader which lures or bait worked best for the Author with info on how to rig your bait for the best results
Book sold for $5.95 Or Available in Kindle Format at Amazon.com
Fishing Secrets of Colorado
Antero has a weedy bottom and a gets weedier as the summer goes along. So you need to be able to get your bait down to the dept the fish are at, usually right at the top of the weeds. This is where the correct bait rig comes into play. It took a friend and me quite a few tries before we came up with a simple solution that produced the bites. Below is a drawing of that rig.
By using this rig you will keep the bait out of the weeds and floating right where the fish are. Our heaviest stringer using this rig tipped the scale at 41 lbs. It consisted of a mixture of 4 rainbows, 2 cutthroat trout and 1 brown trout. The trout at Antero grow fast and tend to be shaped like footballs.
Remember to move with the fish, this is a lake where you should really depend on your fish finder. You have to hunt for the fish, but once you find them the reward can be heavy stringers.
The following are samples from the pages of
“Fishing Secrets of Colorado”
When I fish Spinney my boat is usually equipped with a fish finder. The trout tend to cruise within 4 feet of the surface, and go deeper as the sun starts to warm the surface. So I tend to increase the amount of line I let out as the water starts to warm. Generally my best luck is early morning trolling parallel to the northeast or southwest shores of Spinney about 75 to 100 yards out. Start trolling as soon as you get clear of the boat dock heading northwest parallel to the shore. If one color of flatfish doesn’t produce on the first pass switch to a different color for the next pass. It usually doesn’t take long to find the color of the day.
I once caught and released 15 trout over 18 inches before 10:00 am. Ending my day right before the wind came up with a 27 inch 7 lb brown trout. All caught on the same flatfish
When spin fishing, there are some general rules that you should keep in mind that will help you catch more fish. The idea is to get the spinner to where the fish are, trout head for coolest water they can find, so find the deep shade covered holes.
Trout expend as little energy as possible when feeding. This is truer when the water is warmest. The warmer the water, the less oxygen that it can hold and this means less oxygen for the fish. When the oxygen level in the water is low the trout will reduce their energy output even at feeding time.
Trout let the current do most of the work for them by bringing food right past their feeding station. They move very little laterally when feeding, yet they let the current move them up and down to intercept food. Trout don't spend more energy on food than it has to.
Overall, nymphs are the most productive flies on this river during the course of the season. Scuds, brassies, hares ears, pheasant tails, stoneflies, and other popular nymphs produce fish on a consistent basis.
Hatches on the South Platte can be very prolific especially certain ones. The three major mayfly hatches include Blue-wing Olives (baetis), Pale Morning Duns, and Tricos. The Blue-wings hatch during the spring and fall especially on overcast or rainy days. Pale Morning Duns can be found on the river during June and July. Tricos start to appear in late July and can last through October. Midges, stoneflies, caddis, terrestrials and a couple of other mayflies also hatch or appear and produce their share of fish.
Rainbow Trout 22” 6 lbs caught on a Golden Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymph
South Platte Deckers, Colorado