I'm a Colorado native, born and raised in the Denver & Aurora area. I grew up fishing the Colorado and Fraser rivers, using natural live bait on the Colorado. We would use a homemade screen, holding it down stream while kicking rocks over in the river. We caught what we called Helgarmites before hitting the river for the day. These bugs are what actually crawl out of the river in late May and turn into what we called willow flies, but i think the term most use, is salmon, or stone fly. Night crawlers where our back up bait. I'm talking late 60's and early 70's. Back then, the water was open to all types of fishing! I moved away in the early 80's after getting married, moving several more times over 30 plus years. During this time, I stepped away from fishing for many years, focusing on my career in Environmental Technology and family. Although I did do some fishing on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. I returned to the Denver Metro area in 2009 and retired in 2013. Since then, I have been adjusting to all the new fishing regs covering the areas I used to fish. I have taken up fly fishing and I really enjoy using flies in the areas I used to fish with bait. I do still use live bait where allowed! Much of my time know is spent fishing my old stomping grounds and working on fine tuning my fly fishing skills. I want to teach my 3 year old grandson how to fish, so I'm working hard at learning everything about fly fishing! Colorado is a spectacular place to spend time in the outdoors and in my opinion, we have the best trout fishing in the country.
My goal is to take advantage of everything Colorado has to offer and teach my grand children what I've learned.