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I am new to this forum but I will say its about time Colorado guys help other Colorado guys. I have owned a drift boat the past 6 years. Of those 6 years I think I have taken the boat down Colorado rivers 4 times. I enjoyed the Glenwood Canyon float and of course the Roaring Fork but does anyone have any other Drift boat trips close to the Denver area. I see drift boats on the road all the time just wondering if I am missing a good close float to home.


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I was gonna say the Yampa also...lots of water, and the species vary depending on how far you go down it...some guys i used to know fished it in the spring for Pike nd always did very well...

i cant honestly think of many other rivers to float on a regular basis in Colorado. the Arkansas? no wait, thats for white water rafting.....
 

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I'll have to look into the Yampa but if I am going to drive that far the Green is only a little farther. Had a buddy try to drift a section of the arkansas and came back with many new scratches on his boat. I like the idea of chasing some pike out of the boat could be a fun weekend trip....
 

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It all depends on where you float the Arkansas. Last year everytime I fished the Ark (wading) I was interuppted by a gamewarden floating the river and fly fishing at the same time and only stopping when ever he floated past a fisherman. Man that must be a rough job.
 

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ePiC said:
It all depends on where you float the Arkansas.  Last year everytime I fished the Ark (wading) I was interuppted by a gamewarden floating the river and fly fishing at the same time and only stopping when ever he floated past a fisherman.  Man that must be a rough job.
Getting PAID to fish? wow, where do I sign up? Anyone float the Eagle at all? Or Colorado?
 

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hey Flyfisher,
the yampa aint what it used to be, dow has been shocking for pike hardcore for over a year now. I went up last spring with my srepsons to find out they where puting some of the pike they where shocking in ponds. we went there my god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there 40 plus inch dead pike all over the place. my boys where in shock.
 

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I fish the eagle and colorado alot, really only wade fish the eagle but see some boats on it once in a while. The eagle is really good and usually not crowded, at least the lower eagle is not crowded
 

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stuccoman01 said:
hey Flyfisher,
the yampa aint what it used to be, dow has been shocking for pike hardcore for over a year now. I went up last spring with my srepsons to find out they where puting some of the pike they where shocking in ponds. we went there my god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there 40 plus inch dead pike all over the place. my boys where in shock.
stucco, they've been shocking and removing pike for like 3 or 4 years actually...worse off than you thought I guess. The pike left are huge though, I caught a 12 or 13 pounder last year. Imagine zipping a big old streamer for one of those babies! My cousin used to do it at crawford and caught many huge pike. It still is a float worth making though flyfisher, you can get pike, smallmouth, and trout. Not bad :eek:
 

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We floated from somewhere in little yampa canyon to a takeout below duffy mountain. We've decided on hitting juniper canyon this year though...hopefully at least two times.
 

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The key to good driftboat fishing is to get out and hit the good areas by wading.
Stuccoman, for what the USFWS and DOW did to these pike, that alone should land them into jail.
 
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