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Monster Colorado Cutthroat in a high mountain lake

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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..

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High Lake Brook Trout

Big brook trout above timberline.
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Fly Fishing Colorado: Our Playground - 2017

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

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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Alpine Lake in Colorado

If you are willing to put in the miles and take the chance, you may end up seeing the largest cutthroat trout of your life. These things are massive and surprisingly selective.

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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Turn On by RW Smith
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Giant Cutthroat Trout - Fishing Colorado

Fly fishing in southern Colorado for trout. This is the second video from this trip. We caught brown trout, rainbow trout, and cutthroat trout using dry flies, nymphs, and lures.

Taylor River Monsters

The Taylor River is world reknown for being a lunker trout producing fishery. With that said, because of its notoriety it always proves a difficult fishery. Cold Weather, wind, uncooperative trout, and heavy pressure most the time leave anglers feeling a bit unfulfilled. I myself have felt the let down many times before. On this particular two day stint, the weather cooperated, the flows were moderate and fishable, but most importantly, the fish decided to turn on for us. It was a truly magical couple of days. Thanks for showing me some new techniques irishboy. I am forever haunted by the the hen that got away. Guess will have to go again!

Catching Splake Trout and Big Brook Trout in a Mountain Lake (Rocky Mountains, Colorado)

This is the 4th video in the Colorado series. In this video I catch brook trout and a new species of trout for me, splake trout. It was a great evening of fishing and one I won't soon forget. I can't wait to visit Colorado again!


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Fly Fishing for Greenback Cutthroat

Russell Miller, Bill Leuchten and Jay Zimmerman ruck up and head high into the remote Colorado Rockies fly fishing for beautifully festooned Greenback Cutthroat trout
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Monster cutthroat trout on the fly. Fly fishing

Searching for the world record cutthroat trout out of pyramid lake. On my 6 weight sage one.

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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Ice Fishing for Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout at Strawberry; a Premier Lake in Utah

Great Day for Ice Fishing at Strawberry Reservoir. Ice Fishing for Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout in a High mountain lake. Fishing was very active in the afternoon. For a complete list of my ice fishing videos see the following Playlist:

Fly Fishing Southwest Colorado - The Conejos River Drainage

We spent 7 days camping in the Rio Grande National Forest near the Conejos river in Southwest Colorado. We fished the many rivers, creeks and lakes for Brown, Rainbow, Brook and Rio Grande Cutthroat trout. It was a trip full of adventure and great fishing! Be sure to check out the blog post, it's picture heavy...link in comments.

Fly Fishing for Greenback Cutthroat Trout #3 (Colorado)

fly fishing for trophy greenback cutthroat trout in a wilderness setting #3
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Catching a Trout EVERY CAST? Spinner Fishing Colorado (Upper Arkansas River)

I went on a quick fishing trip in the evening and somehow caught 20+ brown trout in about 30 minutes. It was an amazing evening and I can't wait to go back!

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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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Catching a cutthroat trout in Colorado - Summer 2015

I hope you enjoy this quick edit of a nice little cutthroat trout I caught fly fishing a small creek in the Colorado mountains.

The Truth - July 2018 Colorado High Country Fly Fishing - Duranglers Flies and Supplies

With all the doom and gloom filling our minds through news articles and social media feeds, sometimes we need to head for the hills. It's an imperative, a vital mental reset. A must for the rejuvenation of our emotional state.

What we usually find tends to be the opposite of all the doom in the news. It is a story of life, full of growth, and truth!

Truth is simple, and we need it. News comes and goes. Truth lasts.

The truth is this: summer is slipping quickly, and there are far too many waters left to be fished. The reality is that mountain wildflowers last only a few weeks. The truth is, that for the time being, trout are absolutely annihilating any bug unfortunate enough to fall in any backcountry water.

Good news, bad news, or fake news; sometimes you have to head for the hills to get no news, and find only truth.

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Fly Fishing the Colorado High Country

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Footage from all over Colorado during the Summer months of 2013.
I wanted to share a video that was not solely focused on the fish, but focused more on all the things you can encounter and experience in the High Country. From the trout, to mountain goats and wildflowers, its hard to imagine a more fulfilling outdoor experience than a Summer's day in the High Country!

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