Author: Will Rice
Yes… we mean you… and your Colorado fishing license. This weekend is a great time to get renewed for the 2013 fly fishing season.
Don’t forget that all annual licenses issued before 3/15/2013 will expire on 03/31/2013. The good news: stop by the shop and you can renew your license quickly and easily. You will also have a chance to pick our brains to figure out where you should go fishing next – we’re always getting up to the minute river reports from our guides and we also get river conditions updated from partner shops across the state. The cost for an Annual Resident Fishing License is $25, $1 search and rescue fee, and the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp is an additional $10. Total cost: $36 - please plan to pay with cash unless you make an in-shop purchase with a credit card of $10+.
While we're on the subject of helpful information, here is a quick how-to for releasing fish safely courtesy of the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Catch and Release is a great way to help preserve a great natural resource in Colorado and ensure that the quality of fishing is sustainable. Releasing a trout is quick… and easy!
HOW TO RELEASE A FISH
If you plan to practice catch- and-release while fishing, follow these steps to ensure the fish returns to the water with minimal damage. Any fish you plan to catch and release MUST be returned to the water immediately.
» TIME IS ESSENTIAL.
Quickly play and release fish. A fish played for too long will be too exhausted to recover.
» KEEP THE FISH IN THE WATER as much as possible.
» REMOVE THE HOOK AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. Single barbless hooks can often be removed while the fish is still in the water.
» GENTLE HANDLING IS ESSENTIAL. Avoid squeezing or putting your fingers in the gills or eye sockets. It's best to hold a fish gently by its belly or by the area in front of the tail.
» TO REVIVE AN UNCONSCIOUS FISH hold it upright in the water. Move the fish forward and backward so that water runs through the gills. This may take a few minutes. When it begins to struggle, release it.
» WHEN PHOTOGRAPHING A FISH, hold it horizon- tally and do not squeeze the fish. Do not put your hands in its gills or hold it vertical by its gills.
If you have any questions about your Colorado fishing license renewal feel free to call the shop at 877.464.0034 or just stop by.
"That was easy!" said the properly released brown trout. Photos by: Justin Hamblin AKA #jchambone - our "Best of 2012" photo contest winner