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High country cuts

Post By: Chad L.      Posted: 7/16/2017 5:18:48 PM     Points: 26    
Anyone been up? Going to hike Next weekend. Worried about if fish are on the spawn hard as I hate fishing them at that time.

7 mile hike one way so it's full commitment. Last year around the 10 th they some fish were in the deep water but still a ton on beds which sucks.

Anyone been up high central north Colorado?
 Reply by: quincykid      Posted: Jul. 16, 5:42:55 PM     Points: 228    
i was west of fort Collins early last week and they were spawning there. the lake sits at about 11,500 feet for reference.

i also went to a lake just east of winter park yesterday and i didn't see them spawning at the inlet but the fish i did see were just cruising, they weren't rising at all on the lake and i couldn't get them to take any sort of wet or dry flies so i dont really know if they were pre or post spawn. and that lake sits at 11,900 feet.

hopefully this helps a little. let us know how you did if you do go up.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jul. 16, 6:17:40 PM     Points: 15715    
Ive had 2 trips above 10000' in the last 3 weeks and it seemed like the cutties I caught were at the tail end of the spawn. We caught alot of fish but I only got egged one time. It seems like it has happened early this year.
 Reply by: Chad L.      Posted: Jul. 16, 6:50:22 PM     Points: 26    
Good to know guys. Also glad to see guys getting up there for those fish. They look great as far as colors but it stinks seeing 30 fish in 6 inches of water, or 20 tails out the back of a submerged log.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jul. 16, 7:00:36 PM     Points: 15715    
I dont specifically target the spawn but I try to go up to certain lakes as soon as they are open and hit it again in the fall. Sometimes we catch the spawn but its not intended.
 Reply by: randog      Posted: Jul. 16, 10:01:34 PM     Points: 1321    
Nice fish.. this is from today little less than 12k. Hope the photo helps.
 Reply by: Chad L.      Posted: Jul. 17, 8:01:35 AM     Points: 26    
Nice cut! As far as timing, I travel a ton for work, then there is hunting, so my high country lake visits are limited.

There are 3 lakes I can hit but the one holds some great fish. I saw some 20+ inch cuts last year, but they were on beds etc so I didn't even throw at them.

I'll post up my findings, good, bad, or other.