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Crankin' Early Springtime Bass
Try throwing that crankbait this spring - you may be the only one doing it
by: Troy Coburn
Springtime brings people out of the woodwork to shake off their cabin fever. Troy discusses in this article how to present crankbaits to early season bass for success.
The Wiper Fly Fishing Experience, Part 2
With some guidance on finding wiper, here's the rest of the story.
by: Matt Snider
Finding Wiper is perhaps the toughest part of fishing for them. Part 2 of this series delves into the gear, the flies, the presentation, the fight, and some places to find these fish in Colorado.
The Wiper Fly Fishing Experience, Part 1
Wiper on the fly in the Rockies, who could ask for more?
by: Matt Snider
Wiper fly fishing can be an exhilarating experience on some days and drive you crazy on others. This article dives into the various dynamics of the fish and aims to provide some building blocks to get you through the tough times.
Chasing Master Anglers
Digging into Master Angler Data
by: David Coulson
The CDOW Master Angler program is a neat way to be rewarded for catching big fish. Dave takes it a step further in this article, presenting data from historic Awards to illustrate interesting and helpful tidbits about Colorado's biggest fish catches.
Trout Ice Fishing Tips
Techniques from years of successful ice fishing for trout.
by: Shane DuBois
Shane shares techniques he's used over the years to successfully catch trout through the ice.
Crappie Fly Fishing with Streamers
In support of the Super Slabs
by: Matt Snider
OK so crappie may not be on your list of gamefish to conquer, but these hardy fish can prove to be a lot of fun, especially on a fly rod. So whistle your favorite family sitcom tune, sling a fly rod over your shoulder, and stroll on down to your waterin' hole for some crappie...
Getting started Fly Fishing Warm Water
Turning your trout outfit towards warm water species
by: David Coulson
Don't think that fly fishing is reserved for only trout. Dave discusses the basics of warm water fly fishing in this article including why trout fly-fishermen do not have to break the bank to begin a quest for warm water species.
Flashers: Vexilar vs. MarCum
Comparing two flashers in the real world.
by: Nate Zelinsky
Nate and Stephanie discuss Marcum and Vexilar flashers for ice fishing, comparing the two in real-world application. The conclusion of which is more effective does not necessarily come down to features...
Carp on the Fly Part 2
Cloopers, Mudders, and Rooters!
by: Barry Reynolds
In part two of this fly fishing for carp series, Barry goes into detail discussing some of the easier carp to approach - mudding and rooting fish. Also included: matching the seed hatch for surface cloopers!
Things that go Thump in the Night
Fishing shorelines at night for Big Brown Trout
by: Bernie Keefe
Patience and a headlamp can boost your chances of landing a big brown this fall. Bernie Keefe describes his stealthy, shallow, and patient techniques for fall brown trout fishing at night.