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Fish: Colorado River Cutthroat

Vertical Jigging was the ANSWER!!

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/10/2021 6:47:17 PM     Points: 305    
Vertical Jigging around 20-25 feet was the answer for some fat, gorgeous Cutthroat Trout at a lake that sits around 10,500 feet this past weekend! For the first 3 1/2 hours, we were throwing flies, crankbaits, jerkbaits, small swimbaits, spinners, and even some spoons...Nothing!!

Coincidentally, we ran into a subscriber to the channel that was out on his pontoon and was getting some nice ones vertically jigging, and advised that was the way to go...I didn't bring a lot of my soft plastics, small jigs, live worms of any kind, or any blade baits either so I felt a bit underprepared...I figured I would try tying on a heavy nymph (Shafer's TBH Gummy Crane Fly) and it worked tremendously....Felt a little weird jigging with a nymph but hey it got fish...

Felt good to go to a lake that has been on our target list for quite some time, and land some nice fish! We got some nice drone shots of the area, even though it is covered in a haze at the moment, and also got some nice film of the cutthroats swimming after releasing!!

Hope you all enjoy the video!!! Pictures of course as always🎣🎣

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 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/10/2021 6:47:50 PM     Points: 305
Some more shots of the day...
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 8/10/2021 7:51:51 PM     Points: 178
Best way to beat the heat!!! Very nice cuttys.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 8/10/2021 7:57:29 PM     Points: 463
beautiful fat and healthy cutthroats - thanks for the share
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/10/2021 8:20:12 PM     Points: 305
-SirGreg88

The water was perfect for the neoprenes! Felt great the whole day...Thank god we started vertically jigging lol.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/10/2021 8:23:20 PM     Points: 305
-Wmdunker

Thanks man!! It was great up there fishing some new water, thank god for the crane fly larvae nymph lol
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 8/11/2021 9:16:53 AM     Points: 7644
Nice video as usual, how far a hike was this lake or could you drive to it? Those were some healthy looking trout.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 8/11/2021 9:25:39 AM     Points: 719
Vertical jigging is always the answer!!

I thought this was going to be the laker trip when I read the title though....
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 8/11/2021 10:55:37 AM     Points: 280
Nice chunks and pics! Iím going to get up there someday?🎣👊
 Reply by: WapitiStalker      Posted: 8/11/2021 12:55:01 PM     Points: 150
Those are colorado river cutts? i saw another post where the spots were little to none towards the front and more spots towards the tail and thought that was how you identify colorado river cutts.. these trout here look way different than those in the other post so im a bit confused here
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/11/2021 1:51:28 PM     Points: 305
-not too old to fish

Thank you! You would need a good ATV or truck to get to it but the hike isn't bad at all if you chose to do it. Remy has an old Jimmy that we use with a lift on it and other rally components.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/11/2021 1:52:27 PM     Points: 305
-yard dogs

I wish it was the Laker trip, we had to reschedule that at the last minute but still have plans before ice to get it done *Fingers crossed!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/11/2021 1:53:20 PM     Points: 305
-bharper

Haha you really should man! I think you would like it up there, I would wait until Fall though for a better experience with less people around.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/11/2021 1:58:47 PM     Points: 305
-WapitiStalker

Yes these 100% are. There are multiple factors when identifying this species. Spots on the side of the trout can vary, just like color but if comparing to spots on lets say for instance, a rainbow trout there isn't nearly as many and the spots are bigger/more defined. Depending on diet, time of year, water quality, etc. all trout species can have different looks and patterns. That is why some cutty photos you see are blood red and some aren't, some have barely any spots on their sides at all and some like the ones I caught, have more. Cutthroat will have the red slash on their throat and typically on the underside of the gillplate as well. They won't have white tips on their fins either(unlike rainbows and a lot of cutbows)Hopefully that helps😀
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 8/11/2021 10:07:36 PM     Points: 178
I'm starting to think you have magical powers. Somehow or some way you always seem to get something to work. Its like Caesar The Dog Whisperer. I always felt he had to edit 5 thousand hours in order to show his magical success. Not you though. You got skiiiiillls!!!!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/12/2021 1:22:44 PM     Points: 305
-SirGreg88

LOL Thanks Greg, but no just lots of persistence and patience and some luck of course too😀 I appreciate the kind words though!!
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 8/19/2021 9:29:46 AM     Points: 13686
Awesome fish and awesome video. I love your channel and agree jigging for trout this summer in Alpine lakes has been my jam. Once the heat came on everything else seemed to not really get their attention. Here's a few of my favorite alpine fish I've caught using the same technique!
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: 8/26/2021 1:09:39 PM     Points: 42
You were fortunate to have fished that lake when you did. I went there yesterday and the entire lake is one big algae and weed mess with a water visibility of about 2 to 3 inches - totally unfishable! What a bummer! Have to go back some day when the stuff is gone. Might have to wait 'til next year. I am sure seeing more and more of this algae stuff every year. Could even promote a winter kill with low oxygen levels.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/26/2021 1:22:42 PM     Points: 305
-Fishneveryweek

That's tough man, and also sad to hear! Hopefully that doesn't happen to the lake this winter.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/26/2021 1:26:17 PM     Points: 305
-ND Transplant

I must've missed this response, sorry about that! Those are some great looking trout man! Glad to hear the jigging has been working for others as well😀

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