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Fish: Greenback Cutthroat

Secret Greenback Cutthroat Lake!

Post By: MooseDancer      Posted: 7/8/2017 2:20:26 AM     Points: 641    
Today I decided to go into my secret fishing pond for the first time this year! I've not been here since my very adventurous time last November. That day I accidentally peed on the face of a huge Black Bear, accidentally got in the middle of about 8 Moose and a pack of Coyotes trying to attack me! This year the sorta trail had a huge amount newly downed trees that you had to navigate around them. But thanks to the Moose they did a pretty good job finding a new path around them. As I was about 100 feet from the pond and clearing the last ridge to the lake I heard a sound. It caught me a little off guard but I knew that sound was ether a Bear or a Moose! So I was expecting to be greeted by one or the other soon. But no Bear or Moose insight ......DARN! So I walked around to my favorite fishing spot on the pond and started making a few casts. Than I noticed across the pond which is less than 2 acres a big dark colored animal moving slowly through the willows. WOW a cow Moose so THAT'S what I heard! As I watch she stopped and just stood there. I know Moose pretty well and Moose spend very little time usually in one spot. She just stayed still for the longest time and I'm thinking what the heck? So I laid my fly-rod down to "try" to get a better view. OH I see why she's not moving! She's nursing her young calf! I watch for quite sometime than she started looking to my right. I know that look too. Something is coming down in that direction so she stated walking off to my left with her calf. I picked up my fly-rod and made a few casts...... what another cow Moose appeared with her young calf....WOW! But she wasn't easy to see and soon exited the area to the west with her calf. All this and I still managed to catch and release 10 beautiful 12 to 16 inch Greenback Cutthroat. I stayed only about 2 hours total before heading back to the car. Went back up the next day (July 6th). No Moose, but caught and released 10 more Greenback Cutthroats! There was a Caddis Fly hatch going on and ANYTHING that hit the water and moved they struck violently! So Violent they were snapping my 2 lbs test leader like it didn't exist. They hit and if they missed they'd swirl around and hit it again!
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 7/8/2017 6:26:04 AM     Points: 2150
Gotta love Colorado
 Reply by: kyle0311      Posted: 8/24/2017 6:11:55 PM     Points: 0
Woah, that's one of the most exhilarating stories/lakes I've ever heard of here in CO, and full of real greenbacks?! That is a true oasis nowadays. I'd give anything for you to tell me the general vicinity of where it's located haha.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 8/24/2017 6:20:47 PM     Points: 2825
Great post and great fish! Thank you for your contribution, and keep the location on the "down low"!
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 8/25/2017 6:44:51 AM     Points: 2150
Not hard to find a lake like that.
Just need to be willing to hike. There are hundreds of high mountain lakes in Colorado full of fish
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 8/25/2017 12:44:51 PM     Points: 2825
🔺🔺🔺yep, you're right about that!

Some folks just aren't happy until you tell them how you got there, what you were using, and the exact GPS coordinates of where you were standing when you caught the fish!

Put in the time and effort and you'll be rewarded!
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 8/25/2017 1:50:04 PM     Points: 1805
Yeah shouldn't be hard to find since greenbacks are only in four locations.
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