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New this year is our fly fishing float down the Colorado River. This trip is an awesome experience catered to your desire! There are plenty of fish known to the Colorado Rivers such as rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, yellow perch, and bluegill. Be sure to ask your guide how many fish he has caught of each type!

There are three subspecies of cutthroat trout that are native to Colorado – the greenback, the Rio Grande, and the Colorado. Over the years these fish has decreased due to a variety of habitat factors. Cutthroat trout can be distinguished as having heavier spotting toward the tail and the presence of a red slash on their “throat.” Anglers may find these trout in high lake and streams.

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Photo Courtesy of Pixabay

Rainbow trout were introduced in the 1880’s and have become both the angler’s favorite and the mainstay of Colorado’s hatchery system. These wonderful slippery creatures can be found in most mountain lakes and streams. Rainbow fish physical characteristics can be distinguished as a rainbow horizontal reddish stripe.

One of Colorado’s most abundant game fish and one of the most table worthy is the yellow perch. The yellow perch have two separate dorsal fins with large vertical stripes on there yellowish sides. They can be found in large schools and are smaller fish usually weighing less than one pound.

Last but not least is a popular Colorado River fish known as the bluegill. This fish has a small mouth and dark gill flap with no trim. A male bluegill in breeding colors has brilliant blue fins a red-orange stomach. The female is dark on the back with vertical stripes on the body. Bluegills are best caught in the morning or evening using small tackle. They colonize from late spring to August building nests in gravel, sand, mud in 1-4 feet of water.

Some of these popular fishes will be swimming along the rivers of Colorado and we hope you are able to snatch one up on your next fishing trip! For more information on our fly fishing trips, give us a call at 970-423-7036.

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