A Free Fishing Tip for Colorado
Colorado is a fly anglers dream. Although Colorado has over 6000 miles of streams and 2000 lakes, with over 35 species of freshwater fish, the Centennial State is best known for it's native rainbow trout fisheries. People come from all over the world to fly fish in Colorado's pristine environments. And the places you'll be fishing in are some of the most scenic in the U.S. The states unique ecosystems are such that to be really successful, you'll need to learn a few Colorado fishing tips:
- Colorado Rainbow trout are native trout, so if you are used to catching stockers back east, you're in for a surprise. These are much more finicky, and spooky. A good fly technique in Colorado is a Dry Dropper Rig. Tie on a weighted nymph (the Hare's Ear and Pheasant Tail Nymph patterns work like magic at times), then make a dropper loop 18” above that. To the loop, add a dry fly ( the Wulf series patterns are great for this). Now, fish it normally, using the dry fly as a strike indicator. Don't be surprised if you hook two at once with this rig. The dry fly doesn't spook the fish like a normal strike indicator would.
- Below tail-waters are always good bets for large trout in Colorado. One of the best fly patterns all year long for tail-waters is a Mysis shrimp pattern. Fish them small, and at different depths for the best results.
- Another effective method below tail-races is drift-fishing. Drift-Fishing in Colorado means something different than in the rest of the country. In Colorado Drift-Fishing, the boat is stationary. It is the bait that drifts. To make a drift-rig, just attach several split shots to the bottom of your line, and make a dropper loop 12-18 inches above that, than attach a bait hook. Bait the hook with a night-crawler and cast it upstream. let the current carry it downstream, keeping your line tight enough to just feel the split shots bouncing along the bottom. If your line stops drifting, or moves funny, set the hook. If you get hung, just pull on the line and the hung split-shot will come off, leaving the rest so you can finish the drift.
- Colorado has some great back-country fishing spots. Rocky Mountain State park, and State Forest Park are good choices, especially in the summer. Both offer large populations of brown, rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout, and it is not uncommon to catch & release 50 fish a day there.
Colorado has breathtaking scenery, and great fishing. It can be even better if you remember these Colorado fishing tips.
Free Fishing Tips
Colorado Fishing Tips