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Colorado Trout Fishing

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Colorado Trout Fishing

It was almost 10am when the four wheels of our truck rolled into the dirt parking lot at Deep Lake, nearly 10,500 feet high in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. We’d missed the 8 a.m. morning bite two hunters that had put down their bows for a few hours in search of high country rainbows, lake trout and brooks told me.

“You guys might want to come back late this afternoon,” one of them, in his sixties, said. “The bite died about an hour ago. There’s too much sun now.”

“Where were you guys fishing?” I asked him.

“Right there,” he said, pointing to the shoreline adjacent to the parking area, 20 yards away.

There were a dozen other hunters fishing along the bank, most soaking bait and casting spinners. More important, fish were rising everywhere. A few buddies and I walked to where the man pointed, baited our rods with FireBait and Balls O Fire salmon eggs and had bites within 30 seconds, no exaggeration.

In the next 30 minutes we caught and released more than a dozen trout before we started to keep a few for dinner. The hunters were perplexed. We kept rolling balls of Rainbow, Chartreuse Garlic and Garlic Salmon Egg on treble hooks and cramming Gold Label, Premium, Orange Deluxe and Yellow Jacket salmon eggs other hooks.

Deep in the White River National Recreation Area, Deep Lake is a gem with trout that are hungry right now, presumably feeding in anticipation of the coming winter, even though it was almost 80 degrees this high up. Leaves were starting to change and trout wouldn’t stop biting.

We were in the neighborhood to film Pautzke Outdoors, our first episode in the Rockies, and more importantly to prove to an old friend that FireBait did work and rivaled any other dough bait on the market. Not surprising, after we caught the first few fish on FireBait, he wasn’t convinced.

“Do you know what this Feed Pellet Brown FireBait stuff looks like?” he said, laughing and poking fun. “I wouldn’t eat this, but let’s try it. If it works, I’m a believer.”

The camera was rolling, when I asked him on film why he didn’t like that color. Fortunately for us, within 15 seconds of hitting the water, a trout nearly pulled it out of his hand and the debate was over. He guarded the Feed Pellet Brown and Peach Garlic (another color he didn’t think worked) FireBait for the rest of the morning, continuing to catch rainbows on each cast.

The trout weren’t big. Most ranged between eight and nine inches, but with as short as the growing season up here is, we weren’t surprised. Meanwhile, they displayed wonderful, vibrant colors and spurts of energy. On four-and six-pound test they were a blast. We could have gone lighter, but due to extensive weed growth, we went with heavier line to avoid breaking off.

My other friend was already a believer in FireBait and is a huge fan of Gold Label salmon eggs, and Green Label, of course. He’d been using them more than 30 years, possibly longer.

“Watch this,” he said. “I’m going to catch one of those big brookies I was telling you about.”

After he told me he hadn’t fished here in seven years, I wasn’t sure there was anything larger than nine inches. He placed a Gold Label on the hook and then piled on another five to make sure there was enough for a big fish, he said. Within minutes he caught two brook trout, one in the size class he’d been bragging about for years, roughly 14 inches, maybe a tad longer.

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Colorado Rainbow Trout | Rawah Ranch

Host Bill Spicer travels to beautiful Colorado to fly fish for brown and rainbow trout in the Mountain Rivers and Lakes. He learns some new nymphing techniques from the guides that are invaluable information for any angler.
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Trout Fishing Pueblo Colorado

Residents of Pueblo, Colorado, are fortunate to have the Arkansas River running through town. The river provides an urban wonderland for anglers hoping to catch rainbow and brown trout with various methods. Enjoying miles of public access we walked the banks with Pautzke Fire Bait and Fire Balls and caught and released several limits of trout while fishing the river for the first time. See how you can, too, in this episode of Pautzke Outdoors!

*Not all stretches of the Arkansas River are open to bait. For more information on regulations please consult the Colorado Division of Wildlife

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Wild Colorado Brown Trout: Float Rigging

Did the best I could handling these fish without a net or waders. It was an impromptu fishing trip while visiting my brother at school, next time I will come better prepared.

got a chance to briefly fish the Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado. Awesome river in a beautiful spot with great trout fishing.

Gear Used:
-Shakespeare 4'6 UL Telescopic rod
-4 lb Berkley Trilene XL
-2 lb Berkley Trilene XL
-1/64 oz. Pink Trout Magnet
-Trout Magnet EZ float
-Tiny Eagle Claw Split Shot
-Blue Fox #1 Vibrax

Music: [Osaka] and [Dead Cat In The Parking Lot] by @birocratic
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FLY Fishing Colorado. Drift Boat style!

First day fly fishing in Colorado from a drift boat with the boys from Mountain Angler fly shop in Breckenridge Colorado. really fun day fishing huge dry fly's on light fly rods.
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Fly Fishing "The Dream Stream" - South Platte River, Colorado

Fly Fishing the Dream Stream - South Platte River, Colorado March 18th 2017. Nick Adams and Brian Sanford spent a day at the Charlie Meyers Recreation Area hiking, fly fishing for huge trout, and flying the DJI Mavic Pro. The Dream Stream is located between the Spinney Mountain Reservoir and the Eleven Mile Reservoir. This is a Gold Star Fishery and one of the most famous trout fishing areas in the United States.
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Gunnison River Colorado - Fly Fishing Tailwater of the Blue Mesa Reservoir - McFly Angler Episode 26

The Gunnison River is a tailwater of the Blue Mesa Reservoir, and its really good fishing. Better known is the Black Canyon River section of the Gunnison which is further down stream, but it is still great fishing right near the dam. In fact, one of the trout I caught on my second day, was one of the prettiest rainbow's I've ever seen. Super colorful, just absolutely amazing! Also, there was something a bit surreal about this river. Being in the middle of a narrow canyon, with rocks on either side. There was an echo that made for some excellent noises when fighting fish. Every time they would jump, it sounded amplified.

The fish were hitting streamer, but on the 2nd day, I started getting some fish on dry fly and nymphs. It was a really really good day. Please stay tuned next week for an absolutely amazing day fishing!

I stayed at a camp ground overnight in a tent. The camp ground was called Blue Mesa Escape and I highly recommend staying there if you plan on camping around that area. If river fishing is not your thing, there is a large lake that have some record sized lake trout in them. Seriously, some are upwards of 50+ lbs! If you want to stay there, please make a reservation at the camp ground before showing up. They are booked up regularly because they are so nice and good prices. Book your trip here, at their website...

Also, many of you ask for what gear I use, so here is a list of the gear I used, and where I think are some good deals to get them.

------Camping Gear------
Tent: Kelty Salida 2 -
Backpack: 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 -
Knife: Tops B.O.B. -
Cooler: Yeti Tundra 45 -

------Fishing Gear------
Streamer Rod -------
Sage Method 9' 6wt -
Sage 3250 -
OPST Commando Head and Lazar Running Line - Head ( ) Running Line - ( )
Nymphing/dry fly rod --------
Custom made 10' 3wt by Midwest Custom Fly Rods -
Qualifly Maverick 4/5 wt. reel -
Rio Trout LT 4wt Double Taper Line -


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Big Fish, Small Stream. Fly Fishing Colorado May 13, 2012

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Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park Available Movie available at:

I happened to be at the right place at the right time and hooked into a large trout hiding in a small stream.

Fly Fishing for Trout in the Mountains

Took a random trip to Colorado, targeting cold water rivers deep in the mountains. We had an awesome time fishing and caught some really nice fish.

Fly Fishing Monster Brook Trout in a High Rocky Mountain Lake

My buddy Devin and I had been hearing and seeing pictures of giant brook trout being pulled out of a remote high mountain lake outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.We couldn't help but want a part of the action, so we filled our packs with fishing gear and hiked into this off-the-grid lake. It didn't take long for us to find out that the rumors were true..

Music: First to Last by Otis McDonald

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Trout Fishing Colorado's Eleven Mile Canyon

Colorado's Eleven Mile Canyon is one of the most popular fishing destinations in the state. Roughly two hours from Denver and an hour from Colorado Springs the South Platte River migrates through the canyon where excellent trout fishing is found. The all-tackle section of the river is planted frequently by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Armed with Gold Label and Pink Shrimp/Chartreuse Garlic Fire Balls we caught and released dozens of trout while filming this episode of Pautzke Outdoors in the Rocky Mountains!

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Fly Fishing Colorado- Rocky Mountain Trout Volume 5

A recently edited version of some older trips with big trout in the Colorado Rockies. For more videos, blogs, and everything fly fishing visit us at the @ or on the facebook page: the fish fly
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Fly Fishing the Roaring Fork & Frying Pan Rivers, Colorado

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Fly Fishing Monster Trout on Colorado's Frying Pan and Toilet Bowl

Fly fishing one of Colorado's most famous Gold Metal Water. The Frying Pan River and the Toilet Bowl of the Frying Pan are sure to deliver an angler's ideal day of fishing... Maybe even deliver the opportunity to land the fish of a life time.

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Song playing while we fished The Toilet Bowl:
Show Your Love by Otis McDonald

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Turn On by RW Smith

Trout Fishing in Denver!!!

Caught a handful of fish with my buddy Callum! Can't wait to get some more trout videos up!
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Fly Fishing Colorado - March - Rainbow Run

Rainbow trout spring spawning activity in the South Platte river below Spinney Mountain Reservoir

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Catching Colorado Trout in Dirty Water

The Arkansas River is one of Colorado's more well known trout fisheries. Meanwhile, when we arrived to film this episode of Pautzke Outdoors they were doing work on the dam thus pumping dirty water from Pueblo Dam into the river. Fortunately, armed with Fire Balls and Yellow Jacket salmon eggs we overcame the off-color water and caught and released dozens of trout in a half day fishing.

*Not all stretches of the Arkansas River are open to bait. For more information on regulations please consult the Colorado Division of Wildlife

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Fly Fishing Colorado: Our Playground - 2017

Highlights from 2017 in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Thanks for taking a look!

Fly Fishing Colorado Small Creeks

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Small Creek Fly Fishing is one of the most rewarding ways to fly fish. Fish in small creeks readily take flies and do so with voraciousness. Do not be fooled though, creek fish are very spooky and you must be stealthy to get close to your target. Small creeks are found throughout Colorado. Chances are if there is year round water in it and it is cold, there are trout in it. Trout in Colorado can be found in areas that people still think do not produce fish. Keep an open mind and do some exploring!

A Colorado Cutthroat Slam

A journey to find 4 species of Colorado's cutthroat trout- the native Greenback, the Rio Grande, and the Colorado River Cutthroat along with an introduced species the Snake River. While it was fun catching some very large Snake River, Colorado River and Greenback cutthroat, it was more impressive to catch the rare Rio Grande cutts in their small stream environment. It's exciting to know that places like this still exist and the Cutslam is alive and well in Colorado. For more videos, blogs, and everything fly fishing visit us at the @ or on the facebook page: the fish fly
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