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Angling Opportunities Close to Home

May 23, 2011
Author: Rick Mikesell

With a massive runoff encroaching and gas prices pushing $4 a gallon, Colorado's prime mountain Trout fisheries may not be the best option for many Front Range anglers. There is, however, phenomenal fishing opportunities in our backyards. Most lakes and ponds in the metro area are host to vibrant populations of warm water species, and the South Platte River, even in the most urban areas of the metro corridor, is a healthy, thriving river, considered by some as among the best carp fisheries in the U.S.

The pond in your neighborhood park may be home to any variety of Panfish, Large & Smallmouth Bass, & Carp. For those looking to get started in warm water fly fishing, there are some excellent resources. Barry Reynolds is among the best known warm water fisherman in the world and a Carp fishing pioneer. Barry is also a Denver local and does a great job sharing his wealth of knowledge, both as a warm water contributor to Marty Bartholomew’s Fly Fisher’s Guide to Colorado,  and in his DVD; The Fly Rodder’s Guide to Carp. Hosted by big fish guru Larry Dahlberg, Panfish & Bass Fly Fishing Basics is also a great source of information for the aspiring warm water angler. So in the coming few weeks, when your favorite river is three times its normal size, spend some time casting in the city, you may be surprised at what you find.

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