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Fly Fishing Colorado: Our Playground – 2016 Vol. 2

Originally posted @ Orvis

We had an amazing year on all kinds of water. From high altitude lakes to small mountain streams to large gold medal rivers, fish were caught and released and fun was had!

Photos: November in the Colorado Rockies

Originally posted @ Orvis

My friend Tom and I decided to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather here in Colorado this a couple weekends ago and headed into the Rocky Mountains for a morning on the water. My Recon and Tom’s H2 brought some nice fish to the net!

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Photos: Breckenridge Beauties of Fall

Originally posted @ Orvis

My friend Kyle and I went up to Breckenridge, Colorado, over the weekend. While most folks were out enjoying the changing colors of the foliage, we were on the river catching some amazing trout. These big rainbows love jumping out of the water and running your line out. Luckily my Recon and Hydros SL were the perfect combo to get them to the net.

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Photos: A Multi-Species Trip into the Colorado High Country

Originally posted @ Orvis

Last week, we made a four-day trip into the Rocky Mountains and did quite a bit of hiking and fishing. Tom, Shawn, Carper, and I hiked and bushwhacked into multiple lakes in a section of the San Isabel National Forest. We hiked over 7300 vertical feet and fished six lakes, small streams and beaver ponds. We caught six species of fish: rainbows, cutthroats, cuttbows, brookies, golden trout, and grayling. Two of the lakes aren’t even named on a map, two of the lakes had no trail to them, and one lake was more of a small pond; we were shocked to even find fish in it. Three of us caught our first grayling along with all the other fish we were lucky enough to net. I must ssay that we picked some good blue areas on the map and had some great days of hiking and fishing.

Whenever I share my stories or photos or videos, it’s inevitable that I am asked about location. Quite often my answer is that it doesn’t matter, which can make some folks angry. What I mean to get across is that it doesn’t matter because there are hundreds, if not thousands, of places in Colorado to go explore. There are over 3,000 high alpine lakes in Colorado, and my friend Shawn has fished roughly 350 of them if you can believe that. All of these lakes have streams and beaver ponds, and most are stocked every other year. So instead of asking where I am every time I go fishing, people should honestly just pull out a map, look for some blue, find a trail in the area, and go try it out.

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Photos: Fighting the wind at 12,400 Feet in the Rockies

Originally posted @ Orvis

Another hike into the high country with some buddies yielded some amazing-looking cutthroats! There’s usually some wind to deal with when hiking and fishing at high altitudes, but this time it was a bit much. Gusts were pushing 50 to 60 mph, putting whitecaps on the lake and making it a bit difficult to cast. I was using my 6-weight Recon and it did its job perfectly when casting streamers into the wind and getting these amazing fish to the net!

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Photos: Beating the Heat in High Rockies Lakes

Originally posted @ Orvis

Here in Colorado, runoff is in full effect, and the rivers are running high. Temperatures in Denver are also running high, in the upper 90s. No better way to get away from both than to hike to 12,400 feet and fish some lakes!

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Fly Fishing Colorado: Our Playground – 2016 Vol. 1

Posted @ Orvis

The first few months of 2016 was amazing! Looking forward to the rest of the year!

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Another perfect day on the water. This was the first time using the new Hydros reel and it paired perfectly with my 6 wt. Recon.

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Photos: St. Patrick’s Day/Birthday Browns in Colorado

Originally posted @ Orvis

As some were getting ready for parades and green beer, I skipped out on work for some birthday browns. With my 6-weight Recon—and a few red Higa’s S.O.S . nymph and Purple Haze emerger—I headed to my creek on a cold and snow-flurried St. Patrick’s Day morning. I think the fish knew it was my birthday because every spot produced trout. Turning 42 never felt so good!

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A Reddit Meetup in Denver

Two fellow Redditors drove down from Fort Collins for a day of fishing on the Platte.

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