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Catch of the Week & Fishing Tips
Catch of the Week & Fishing Tips
​​​​​​​​​​​​​Mark Dempsey's Catfish​​

Congratulations Mark Dempsey for catching a nice Channel Catfish; 

13 LB. 31 Inches Long

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Fishing Tips of the Week

Monster Browns After Dark

Chasing multiple species can make you a better overall angler

Fishing for big browns at night is a tradition, if not an addiction, for many savvy anglers. Brown Trout are often referred to as nocturnal, but this is not the case; rather, they are more of a nocturnal feeder. During the day, browns will stay hidden under brush, along cutbacks and under logjams.

Brown Trout will take a variety of flies, bait and lures during the day, but the big boys come out to play at night.

Traditional fly fishing at night can be very productive for big browns, providing you have a fairly good knowledge of fly casting techniques. Fly fishing in near dark or total darkness can be an adventure, complete with tangled line and potential traps wherever you step.

Some of the largest browns are caught during the summer at night. The dark of the moon is especially productive. During the dark of the moon phase, you truly have trouble seeing your hand in front of your face. The use of a flashlight or headlamp with a red lens is a necessity; avoid white light to save your night vision.

Wool Buggers, Zonkers, and Leeches are very productive streamers; recommended sizes are #4s in black, purple, brown, and dark blue. 

Multi-Species Angling

Chasing multiple species can make you a better overall angler

Anglers in Colorado have the privilege of having a wide variety of species as well as bodies of water to fish. Even so I have noticed anglers will get hyper-focused into fishing for one specific species or fishing with one specific technique. I believe targeting as many different species of fish with as many different techniques as possible is one of the best ways to become a better overall angler. Being able to switch gears and adapt quickly to target a new species of fish or learn a new technique will only benefit anglers down the road when fishing conditions are less than ideal because anglers that have tried a wide variety of techniques will be able to adjust to the conditions efficiently and find the technique that is working for those exact conditions. The other benefit of being a multi-species angler is extending your prime fishing season. With so many different species in the state the best time to target those species is often different meaning anglers can cherry pick the best times to target a given species to give themselves fantastic year-round fishing opportunities.