Author: Trouts Staff
It happens every year. Just as fishing is starting to pick up in late May, rivers across the state begin to swell with snow melt, turning our favorite fishing spots into a raging whitewater torrents. Most anglers seem to concede to this annual event, choosing to dust off the gardening and lawn equipment instead of reaching for their fishing gear. And with just cause, for most would rather knock off a few yard chores than risk their lives attempting to wade rivers at peak flows.
With our state wide snowpack still hovering around 75%, this spring will most likely provide us with a substantial runoff. Considering the warm weather we are supposed to see across the state this week, I think that it is fair to say that runoff has officially begun. With that said, this year we challenge you all to keep the lawn mower and gardening trow in the garage a little longer, and go hit up one of the many tailwaters and reservoirs around Colorado that fish phenomenally during this typically dormant time. As we’re always willing to help our fellow anglers out, here’s a guide to the Top 10 Fisheries for Spring Runoff 2010:
I was in the process of getting ready for a trip to the Florida Keys in mid-June, when a customer brought this knot to my attention. It is super easy to learn and tie, is great for tying leaders and tippets of varying diameters together, and is a strong as hell. It may not be a knot you’ll use everyday on the river (or flats), but I guarantee it will come in useful sometime during anybody’s angling career.
Tie a double overhand knot shock tippet or other large diameter monofilament material, leaving it about 4″ – 6″ from the end of the tippet. Slowly pull the running and tag end apart so that the line forms a figure 8 (as shown on the right).