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Drop a line after dropping your game

Quality fishing can complement any elk outing

James Clark

2011 Fees and regulations

A Colorado fishing license is required for anyone 16 or older. Nonresident fees:

LICENSE FEES

Annual, $56; five-day, $21; one-day, $9. Colorado residents can get an annual license for $26 ($1 for seniors 64 and older). License holders also must purchase a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp for $10.

WHERE TO PURCHASE

Anglers can purchase licenses at http://www.wildlife.stat… or by calling 800-244-5613. A temporary authorization number can substitute for a physical license for 14 days from the date of purchase. Anglers must have their temporary authorization number on hand while fishing.

2011 COLORADO FISHING REGULATIONS FOR TROUT/DAILY BAG LIMIT

Four fish in aggregate. Possession limit: eight fish in aggregate. The town stretch of the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs has special regulations: flies and lures only and catch and release keep this fishery rewarding with large fish right in town. Find more information at http://www.wildlife.stat…, 800-244-5613.

Essential Fly Patterns

Trout flies are tied of animal furs and bird feathers to mimic the different life stages of aquatic insects, minnows and crustaceans.

RECOMMENDED NYMPHS (FISHED BELOW THE WATER):

• Beadhead prince nymph (universal prospecting pattern)

• Gold-ribbed hare’s ear (good in mountain lakes)

• Copper John (in several colors, size tiny)

• Pablo’s Cripple (invented by local guide Paul Russell)

• Black Depth Charger (hot pattern for 2011)

DRY FLIES (FISHED ON THE SURFACE):

• Deer hair caddis

• Parachute Adams (universal mayfly in several sizes)

• Yellow Humpy (for cutthroat in mountain

lakes)

• Goddard caddis (for mountain lakes)

• Rubber legged renegade

• Pale morning dun

TERRESTRIALS:

• Grasshoppers (ask the fly shop for the pattern of the week; must-have on the Elk River when the ranchers are cutting hay)

• Ants (good for high mountain lakes)

STREAMERS:

• Woolly boogers tied with flashabou

Get a guide

There’s nothing like hiring a guide to get your fly over feeding fish and to teach you how to make a realistic presentation. As with hiring a guide to hunt on private land, it can also get you out on trophy-filled private waters. Expect to pay several hundred dollars for a guided outing depending upon your preferred piece of water.

If a guide isn’t in your budget, don’t hesitate to ask the fishing experts in the fly shop for advice (and when the next free casting clinic takes place).