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Crankbait Trolling 101
An effective way to catch every species of game fish in Colorado
by: Dan Swanson
Trolling is more than just throwing some lines out and putting the boat into gear. Dan steps through the crankbait types, equipment, and methods for successful trolling.
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.
Ice Fishing with Floats
You'll Catch More Fish I Guarantee It!
by: Nate Zelinsky
Frustrated with missing light-biting fish through the ice? Nate and Stephanie go into detail about using floats to improve your hook-set success on hard water for a variety of species, and discuss basic slip-bobber choices and application.
Fly Fishing for Catfish
Understanding our Quarry
by: David Coulson
A must-read article for all catfish anglers, Dave discusses everything from common catfish misconceptions to the flies he uses to catch them. If you ever fish for cats, or are a fly fisherman looking for a unique new challenge, grab a drink and settle in for a great read...
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...
Evolution of a Bass Angler: Getting Started
The essentials for bassin' big-time
by: Chad LaChance
Whether or not you aspire to become a bass pro, there is a certain process, or evolution of sorts, that takes place once you take up bass fishing...and Chad walks you through it in this first of a three-part series.
Evolution Two: Getting off the Bank
Part two of becoming a Bass Pro
by: Chad LaChance
In part one of this 3-part series, Chad discussed bank fishing with simple tackle. Moving on up, in part 2 he gets into small boats and more advanced tools and techniques.
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...
Fall Walleyes: All Your Questions Answered
Building a pattern is critical this time of year.
by: Nate Zelinsky
With an abundance of food available to these predators in the fall, Nate and Stephanie describe the techniques and rigs they use to fool late season walleye. Crawler harnesses, cranks, spoons, and jigging spoons are all on the menu for mid-August through December.
Boyd Reservoir from a Fly Fisher's Perspective
Fly Fishing Boyd Lake
by: David Coulson
If you plan to ever fish Boyd Lake in Loveland, you will not want to miss Dave's in-depth take the lake. Geared from a fly-fishers perspective, the article details 14 hot spots in writing, pinpointed on the map.