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Catch of the Week & Fishing Tips
Catch of the Week & Fishing Tips
​​ Mark with his Catch of the Week
Mark and his dog up at Deckers catching healthy rainbows on blue winged olives!​

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Fishing Tips of the Week

Fishing season is not over yet!

Taking advantage of the seasons 

Our tip of the week relates to the seasonal changes not only in weather but angler’s priorities and how you can take advantage of possibly the best fishing of the year. This week’s tip comes again from Local Denver guide Austin Parr, “With big game season upon us, many anglers hang up their fishing equipment in exchange for a pair of boots, and a bow or rifle, leaving many popular fisheries void of the summertime crowds. With less fishing pressure and cooler temperatures, reservoirs such as Spinney Mountain, Antero, and Stagecoach have action that is just heating up. Look for receding weed edges in lakes such as these. Big trout will use weeds as a structure point, meandering along them in search for food. Try casting spoons such as Tasmanian Devils or Krocodiles and work them quickly along these weed edges. Boat anglers can also have success trolling with these lures behind a planer board along the same weed edges. Tube Jigs are another highly effective technique in these crawfish rich lakes. Try casting a 2.5 inch brown tube paired with a 1/8 ounce jig head along these weeds or points, using a snap jig approach.” – Austin Parr with Discount Fishing Tackle, Denver. 

Convincing a Trout your Fly is the One

Selective, River Trout

This time of year and particularly this past summer in Colorado, we have experienced some very low flows in a lot of our streams and rivers. The lack of precipitation, warm temperatures, and low snowpack from last winter has made for some difficult stream fishing at times. A lot of guides say the low flows and good water clarity makes for some great opportunities to do some sight fishing. One of the most frustrating experiences of fly fishing is watching trout look at your flies as they pass by but never grab one. Gunnison fly angler and guide Merne Judson with Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods has some great advice that could help convince that picky trout to take your fly. He suggests a nymph rig that contains a larger attractor followed by a smaller fly that resembles something closer to the hatch. Choose a fly like a Copper John or something that contains some weight and is brightly colored in the #14-16 range. This fly is intended to get your rig down in the water column and gain the fishes’ preliminary attention. Your second fly should be something smaller and less noticeable. Tie it about 12 inches behind your attractor without any weight attached so it trails freely behind. Watch the first fly intrigue the fish while the second fly convinces the trout to bite your rig. Some flies to consider for the smaller nymph could be a flashback pheasant tail or even a zebra midge #16-22. Merne also said it’s important to spot the fish and position yourself properly before the cast so you get a good, dead drift as your rig enters the fish’s line of sight. ​​