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Some of you are probably familiar with Tim Kelly's Fishing Guide for Colorado and perhaps some of you still have copies. It was out of publication for a number of years then a man by the name of Kip Kerry bought the rights to the book. His book was virtually identical to Tim's. His book did not last long.

Tim Kelly was a professor at CU in Boulder. He spent a lot of time fly fishing Colorado. When he began gathering his data for the book, he would also use information given to him by anglers. Everything is in black and white and there are few photos.

If I have to choose one book, out of the many available for a Colorado fishing guide, it would have to be even an out dated Tim Kelly, like the one published in the 1960s a friend found at a garage sale, a couple of years ago.

I have one I bought in the 80s. I spent many nights reading myself to sleep going over every page. I color coded, by rating, all the high mountain lakes and streams I wanted to explore then I would use the book to plan week long or day itineraries.

If you find one, get it.
 

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dallasdb,

Yes, it is the same one. In fact, the edition shown is the one I have. I have used mine so much, the binding came unglued at a few places. Mine has a lot of cellophane tape in it.

Just to give you an idea of what I did with it, and as I mentioned, I used color highlighter pens to highlight water I wanted to fish. I used bright yellow to highlight lakes and streams rated excellent or good to excellent and pink for those rated good. Green was for any stream worth exploring.

I found ratings to be very accurate and I like the way he described how to access some bodies and whether the hike was difficult. Occasionally, he would mention whether hardware or flies are in order but for the most part, it is a book on fly fishing because that's what he did.

I'm sure the book doesn't cover every lake in the state.

My limit on hiking was always three miles; however, now it's zero miles.

But remember, if you buy this book, some of these lakes will have different species or ratings, or no fish that once did but the lakes are still there. Some other books by more recent authors will cover in greater detail, including maps and public water access, the most popular rivers in the state.
 

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I bought fishing close to home but haven't had much time to utilize it. 2017 will be my year of fishing and I hope to explore many of the bodies of water around Boulder county.
 

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dallasdb,

I've had copies of "Fishing Close to Home" over the years but I never used them or fished any of the lakes, except for Chatfield Resv.
 
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