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Winter in the Rockies

Where am I: The Front Range (Denver to Colorado Springs) in Colorado

When?: January-April

While the skiing is indeed good in Colorado this time of year, the fish bite too! Winter in the Rockies not only offers both ice fishing and open water stream fishing opportunities, but also excellent wildlife viewing. Many species including Big Horn Sheep and Mule Deer come down from their mountain haunts to forage for lower elevation grasses and Forest Service provided hay. Check out some of the articles below:

Ice Fishing Cherry Creek Reservoir for rapacious rainbows.

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Fishing the Upper Platte River (where it isn't frozen).

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Fly Fishing Boulder Creek.

Fishing is possible year-round on Boulder Creek. While the road uphill from Boulder can be interesting if it snows, scenic Boulder creek runs from below Barker Resevoir all along Boulder Creek Road up curves and climbs, with many pull offs. Look for slower pools that are open, or open runs with fish holding larger rocks and undercut banks. White cracklebacks sz 14, elkhair caddis sz 16, and white wooly boogers sz 14 to sz12 all work on a 2lb tippet and 3wgt gear. Small cutthroats, browns, and rainbows are plentiful, but this is a catch and release run. As you get to Barker Resevoir, the north bank near the dam is a good spot to drift sz14 tan scuds, sz 12 mysis shrimp, and 1-80thoz chennelle bugs four feet under an indicator for rainbows along the deep rock drop-offs. Eldorado Canyon and south Boulder creek also have the same species, and the same flies work there as well. Come down from the canyons if snow threatens or be stuck, and watch for flash floods.

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Wildlife viewing on the Platte River West of Denver.

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Some Fishes you might see:

Brown Trout

Rainbow Trout

Brook Trout

Cutthroat Trout

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