As the snow melts and the high mountain lakes began to ice off is the time to start chasing those high mountain trout. Spend some time researching google maps and the internet, then choose a lake to go explore. Colorado has some amazing high mountain lakes that offer a variety of different trout species. Escape the heat and do some exploring this summer.
I am heading down to Florida at the end of the month to do some tarpon fishing. I recently purchased a new nautilus CCF-X2 Silver King and some new Scientific Anglers Amplitude Tarpon fly line. So I had the fly shop throw some backing on my reel because I wanted to tie my own backing to fly line connection. There are plenty of knot connections to attach the fly line to the backing but the one the comes to mine that is the go-to for saltwater fishing. I thought I would share this video that helped me tie a bimini twist. Next time try to tie some new knots and don’t have the fly shop to do it for you.
This upcoming weekend Colorado is hosting a free fishing weekend. This means you can fish all weekend anywhere in Colorado for free and do not need a valid Colorado fishing license. This is a great opportunity to take out a friend that is thinking about getting into the sport and has not wanted to purchase a license. For more information on the free fishing weekend check out the CPW page here.
So you buy a new fly reel? What’s next? The guys over at Mad River Outfitters have put together a great little video going over setting up a new reel with backing and fly line.
Please be safe out there and keep your distance so we can keep enjoying the outdoors this summer.
As restrictions are lifted and things start to open up around the state, we are excited to see campgrounds open. The state officials have been working hard and have now released a schedule of campgrounds opening. So dust off those tents and campers and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Please be safe and practice social distancing when you camp.
Tuesday, May 12
- Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (Fremont County campgrounds only)
- Chatfield State Park
- Cherry Creek State Park
- Eleven Mile State Park
- Elkhead Reservoir State Park
- Highline State Park
- Jackson Lake State Park
- James M. Robb CO River State Park Island Acres
- James M. Robb CO River State Park Fruita
- Mancos State Park
- Mueller State Park
- North Sterling State Park
- Rifle Falls State Park
- Rifle Gap State Park
- Staunton State Park
- Vega State Park
Wednesday, May 13
- Cheyenne Mountain State Park*
- Crawford State Park
Thursday, May 14
- Boyd Lake State Park
- St. Vrain State Park
- John Martin Reservoir State Park
Friday, May 15
- Golden Gate Canyon State Park*
- Lake Pueblo State Park
- Lory State Park
- Navajo State Park
- Ridgway State Park
Everyone has been going through some rough times during this pandemic. Many fly fishing guides around the country are hurting badly due to trips being cancelled. This is their lively hood and they are really struggling right now. If you can reach out to your favourite guide and check in with them, book a trip for later in the season, or even buy a gift certificate will help them get through this tough time. A little goes a long way. I am not saying fishing guides are suffering more than others but if you can help them out. #SAVETHESEAON
11-year-old Tanner Wilson catches a monster lake trout. For the full article check it out here.
Sorry, it has been so long since we have updated everything but we had some changes on the back end which prevented us from posting. We will be back to posting weekly with blogs and fishing reports. I hope everyone is safe and healthy. Tight Lines
CPW has once again confirmed another sighting of wolves in Colorado. Some people might be excited about this and modvigil vs modalert some might not be. Wolves have always been a controversial topic when it comes to landowners and hunters. The link to the article is here. Let me know what you think?