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07-01-2012 01:24 PM
Dave M
Re: August Fishing

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Originally Posted by SWIMBAITGEEK
keepo all the greenbacks you want, any size. Genetically they are not even sure if they are grrenbacks
Why?
06-28-2012 01:56 PM
flyfishgeek
Re: August Fishing

keepo all the greenbacks you want, any size. Genetically they are not even sure if they are grrenbacks
06-28-2012 01:20 PM
ColoGreg
Re: August Fishing

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Originally Posted by jamesnb
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Originally Posted by Fistfullafish
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Originally Posted by jamesnb
I'd like to shy away from catch and release
Probably not the best way to get info on this board, lol
Read the rest of the sentence. I'm not saying I'm planning to slaughter fish; just the opposite.
From what I've read, when the water heats up, it's tough on the fish and caught and released fish survival goes down. I believe somebody is being a poor steward of the resource by fishing all day and catching 15 fish and releasing all of them only for half of them to die. I would rather keep the first two legal fish I catch and call it a day.
If the fish weren't under stress, it's a different story. Fish all day, catch, release, enjoy. I have had and will have other opportunities to do this when it won't be so hard on the fish. Maybe I'm over estimating the impact on the fish but this is what I've read.
I really am sensitive to the fishery and I'm sorry if I implied otherwise.

I think that you will do fine. Even on Steamboat if you fish early or late in the day you will see fish cruising outside the weedbeds. I like your idea of the inflatable. Good Luck
06-28-2012 01:05 PM
jamesnb
Re: August Fishing

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fistfullafish
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesnb
I'd like to shy away from catch and release
Probably not the best way to get info on this board, lol
Read the rest of the sentence. I'm not saying I'm planning to slaughter fish; just the opposite.
From what I've read, when the water heats up, it's tough on the fish and caught and released fish survival goes down. I believe somebody is being a poor steward of the resource by fishing all day and catching 15 fish and releasing all of them only for half of them to die. I would rather keep the first two legal fish I catch and call it a day.
If the fish weren't under stress, it's a different story. Fish all day, catch, release, enjoy. I have had and will have other opportunities to do this when it won't be so hard on the fish. Maybe I'm over estimating the impact on the fish but this is what I've read.
I really am sensitive to the fishery and I'm sorry if I implied otherwise.
06-28-2012 10:21 AM
fistfullafish
Re: August Fishing

Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesnb
I'd like to shy away from catch and release
Probably not the best way to get info on this board, lol
06-28-2012 10:14 AM
slayerfish
Re: August Fishing

Pick a lake at or above tree line. No bugs . Then use a big ugly dry fly. Money in August.
06-27-2012 10:43 PM
jamesnb
Re: August Fishing

Thanks for the input. I know August is probably the worst choice for trout fishing but it was the only chance we had to go. I'm a teacher and I'll make it home just in time to start school. Fishing wasn't the main goal of the trip, just a bonus (hopefully).
I'm really just looking for some adventure and some dinner (and to introduce my wife to the Northwest). I'd like to shy away from catch and release because, from what I've read, it's a lot of stress on the fish during August, with the lack of oxygen and all. I don't want to release a beautiful fish just to see her go belly up a few minutes latter. And I'm not looking for something to hang on the wall this trip.
Honestly, I'd be happy with some nice scenery and harvesting some brookies. I hear they are the best eating and it will help out the cut throats.
I read the regulations but I'm still confused, in the High Zirkels Lakes, is it legal to keep greenbacks under 18"?
Thanks again.
06-27-2012 09:28 PM
Zman
Re: August Fishing

Find Tim Kelley's Colorado fishing guide on ebay or amazon. It does watershed by watershed and wilderness areas. It is old out of print but gives a pretty good idea of size of lake how to get there and what kind of fish are there...
06-27-2012 06:00 PM
jimt72
Re: August Fishing

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Originally Posted by TT Boy
In that area (Zirkels) there are a ton of high mountain lakes that hold cutthroat and brookies as well as a few other types of trout. I have never fished aqua fria but I know the area it's in and you should see fish. As far as catching large fish like lakers, that might be tough from shore that time of year. If I were you I'd bring a fly rod and fish for cruising cutties.
^^ get high.
06-27-2012 03:33 PM
tt boy
Re: August Fishing

In that area (Zirkels) there are a ton of high mountain lakes that hold cutthroat and brookies as well as a few other types of trout. I have never fished aqua fria but I know the area it's in and you should see fish. As far as catching large fish like lakers, that might be tough from shore that time of year. If I were you I'd bring a fly rod and fish for cruising cutties.
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