Author: Trout's Staff
Our attempt at literary pieces to help our fellow anglers.
Over the past few years, Colorado Trout Unlimited has been working with water groups from across the state in an attempt to bring more historically accurate spring runoff cycles to rivers controlled by dam. These coordinated efforts have been a great success story for environmentalists and fisherman alike; and have been proven to be invaluable to all our state watersheds. Streams like the Blue River are proof that these natural river flushes drastically improve the rivers ecology in terms of insect life and fish health. Ten years ago this stream had the reputation as being a starile river with meager fish populations. Today, the Blue River is regarded as being one of the states best Blue Ribbon Trout Streams, and a top choice for anglers across the state. As a result of such success stories, other rivers are now benefiting from high annual runoff flows, including the famed Cheesman Canyon of the South Platte River.
For years fly angles have recognized the value of the South Platte River through Denver as a great fishery for Carp, as well as small mouth bass and walleye. Every so often you would hear rumors of somebody hooking and landing a nice size trout, but more times then not these claims were dismissed as heresay or absurd rumors. Well I want to provide these pictures as proof that not only does the South Platte River through Denver house rainbow trout, it houses BIG rainbow trout!
B.A.S.S Series here I come!!!
Every year as Runoff kicks into full swing, there is always a large contingent of anglers who hang up their gear for a month, thinking that nothing is worth fishing. Yet despite the recent monsoonal rains and near record flows on our high country streams, fishing remains fantastic on a number of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs across the state! The key to success this time of year is to do your homework, think out of the box, and be willing to fish new and different waters.
One of the last freestone rivers in Colorado, the Eagle, is an often
over look and under rated river. It begins as a small trickle near Tennessee Pass just north of Leadville and then flows roughly 70 miles until it confluences with the Colorado River at Dotsero. The Eagle River was named by the local Ute Indians, who thought the river had as many tributaries as an eagle had feathers. Like many rivers in Colorado, the Eagle followed the path of the Colorado mining boom during the mid 1800’s. Gold, silver, lead and zinc were mined heavily as settlers scrambled to grab their piece of the American dream, and those hazardous practices began to take their toll on the river shed. By the 1970’s, much of the river was “dead” and void of fish, and it wasn’t until the early 1990’s that the federal government began to take notice and intervene. After millions of dollars in clean-up efforts, and a commitment by the local communities to see the Eagle thrive again, the river is beginning to return to its pristine state.