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Hi All,
I'm a longtime Colorado transplant (1983) and, just retired, have decided to take up fishing. Seriously. Other than the little bit of fishing I did as a kid I know very little about fishing.

I have my dad's old Shakespear spinning real and his old fly fishing reel, too, but I've never fly fished. I also recently purchased a cheap spincaster reel - Zebco, of course. I tried it out from the shore around Sylvan Lake State Park last week. I actually caught an 11" rainbow on a black "Wolly Worm" spinner kind of thing with it after casting about a thousand times in about 20 different places along the shore. Later I saw another spincast guy who just got there and he was just dangling salmon eggs about 10' down right next to the dam and he pulled out several rainbows.

I had talked with the Park Ranger guy prior to this when I got there and he told me that they don't allow "live bait". So when I saw that guy getting trout on his salmon eggs it got me to wondering - are salmon eggs considered "live bait"? I went to the 2016 CO fishing brochure and it only defines "bait". It does use the term "live bait" but doesn't define it anywhere in there.

Also - Given that Colorado is mostly rivers and streams, am I better off starting in with fly fishing right from the get go? I don't have a boat either (yet - heh heh).

I'm heading up to the Roaring Fork area next week for a couple days - Difficult campground. I'm not familiar with the area at all but I've read some stuff online and in the CPW brochure so I know about Gold Medal waters and 16" minimum and catch and release, but, are there any places around there that will afford a spin caster guy a chance? Or is it pretty much you need to be fly fishing to have any success around there?

Thanks in advance for any wisdom imparted.
 

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I suggest you do a run or two on YouTube and get some basic pointers there with some video instruction. Many rules of thumb apply, but then you fine tune for each individual fishing situation.
 

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difficult campground

Difficult campground is if your coming over independence pass is on the west side.To get to the roaring fork you will have to drive through aspen to Basalt,about 20-30 miles.Right now the fork is very high.If you go to Basalt stop in at taylor creek fly shop and talk to Kirk Webb or any of the other guys thereabout conditions and where to fish.I also forgot to mention the bears,Aspen has a lot of them.Where this campground is located there is bears,SPRINGTIME.
 
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