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Backcountry angling clinic Aug. 4 & 13

Backcountry angling clinic Aug. 4 & 13
Jennifer Churchill
Backcountry angling clinic Aug. 4 & 13

DENVER -- Colorado's backcountry streams and lakes offer a lifetime of fishing opportunity for anglers willing to explore. But hiking into these high-country fisheries can be daunting for those who have never done it before. That’s why Colorado Parks and Wildlife is partnering with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to present A Taste of Backcountry Angling, on Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 6060 Broadway, Denver and Aug. 13 at Urad State Wildlife Area near Empire.

“Our goal is to give Colorado anglers the basic skills and confidence needed to take that next step” said Tony Dymek, northeast region assistant hunting and angling coordinator. “Exploring the backcountry is awe inspiring and a great way to leave the crowds behind.”

This two-part clinic is designed for intermediate anglers and will offer presentations on fly and lure selection, casting techniques, back country gear, navigation and backcountry values. Participants will also have an opportunity to fish two high-country lakes.

Aug. 4 -- Classroom session will consist of Casting Techniques, Fly Selection, Backcountry Gear and Bear Safe Camping, Backcountry Values, Resources, Navigation and Backcountry Safety.  6 to 9 p.m. at the Denver office, 6060 Broadway, Denver.

Aug.  13 -- Backcountry event will consist of a full day of angling with guides and a lunch time break for preparation of and cooking up wild trout. Urad State Wildlife Area, Empire.

Participants should be physically fit, as they will be spending the day in the high country above 9,000 feet in elevation. A four-wheel-drive or other high-clearance vehicle is suggested to navigate roads to the site.

To register:
Registration is limited to:
  • Ages 12 and older.  
  • Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Participants over the age of 16 must have a valid 2016 CPW-issued fishing license.
  • All participants must have some experience fishing. 
  • A high clearance vehicle is suggested to access the site.
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CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.

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