The other Golden Trout
Guest Blog by: Rick Schroeder 8/21/2012
Colorado has so many species in its waters to provide a challenge for those looking to try and catch other species besides the heavily stocked rainbow trout. Last year a long with a group of friends, we hiked into one of the wilderness areas to catch a golden trout as it was on our bucket lists.
It was a success and everyone caught at least one, that blog can be found here: Prospecting for Gold
A picture of a golden trout:
There are a few other species called “golden trout” in Colorado and you may often find me in the forum pointing out the differences. This weekend while walking the banks of the North Fork of the South Platte River I saw one of these trout hanging out in its feeding lane, actively feeding. Knowing right away it was a Palomino trout I got very excited, having never caught one before. The first drift was just to get the right amount of line out and my fly was a good 2ft away from the fish and he darted out to look at my flies but didn’t take them. Luckily to as I had a lot of slack on the water and would of missed the hookset. The next cast put a perfect drift through his lane and you could see him take the fly and I was hooked up. Shortly after I netted my first Palomino Trout. Very beautiful fish which the pictures do not do justice to because of sun position.
Rick Schroeder is the creator and founder of Colorado Mountain Fishing.com a website designed for those who share his passion for high country fishing, four wheeling, hiking, camping, and photography.
Rick has spent a significant portion of his life in the back country of the United States, starting at a young age in the Scouts, then in the Infantry with the 82nd Airborne, and after the military as a avid fisherman. In the summer months, Rick can often be found in the shadow of one of Colorado’s many fourteeners casting to some hungry cutthroat at one of the many alpine lakes in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. He also spends long hours on the summit of those peaks, capturing those unforgettable panoramas with his trusty Nikon. Rick has had photographs published on multiple websites, CMC books, and American Angler Magazine. During the colder weather, Rick frequently enjoys fly fishing one of the many tail waters in Colorado or using the short rod on the hard water with the South Park Junkies ice team. When he’s not wetting a line, Rick works as an IT Professional for the US Army and spends his off time moderating multiple Colorado fishing websites.
itchyreelfinger, CO 8/21/2012 8:38:59 AM
Beautiful man! Outstanding catch!
IceFishingFool, CO 8/21/2012 12:43:42 PM
The first Golden) picture, are those the same as, or from California ? I think the Palomino have a hard life due to their color, and stand out to birds of pray.
Rick Schroeder (ePiC), CO 8/21/2012 1:12:44 PM
IFF, yes its an original California strain golden trout... from the late 1970 stockings they did here in Colorado. One of the few if no only survivng populations.
NM_butterfly, CO 8/21/2012 6:19:09 PM
Absolutely beautiful !
JKaboom, CO 8/21/2012 9:24:42 PM
Congratulations Rick :) Both are so beautiful !!!!