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Trout Fishing in Colorado - Here Are Some Techniques

Aug 18, 2007
One of the most famous places to fish for trout is Colorado. Would you like to know the greatest Colorado trout fishing techniques to help you have a successful run every fishing day?

There are many different methods which may be used in Colorado trout fishing. But, some of the basic techniques are:

Drift fishing

Float fishing

Jig fishing

Bottom Fishing

If you are doing Colorado trout fishing, chances are you will want to use one of these methods but which one, and how? How do you know when you use each?

Drift Fishing

As a general rule, drift fishing can be used in pretty much any condition and still be effective. The great thing about drift fishing is that it allows you to cover a large area of the water and present the bait to a larger number of trout, increasing your chances of getting a bite. Remember to only use just enough bait to cover the hook and no more.

You can start drift fishing by using a split shot approximately 12 to 24 inches from your hook. Adjust to water conditions accordingly (larger split shot and longer leader for deeper fast moving water) and use a small treble or salmon hook. Cast upstream from the fish and slowly reel in the slack line as the current pushes it downstream.

One thing about drift fishing for trout is that they tend to bite lightly so you really have to be paying attention to notice it or you may lose your opportunity to snag one.

Trout are often very particular about what they like to eat. You may fish in the same area two days in a row and have the trout enjoy the bait one day and dislike the same type of bait the next day. You can sometimes save yourself some time if you find out what other fishermen in the area are using. Also, try different colors of bait if one seems to not be working.

Float Fishing

Float fishing is similar to drift fishing but you use a floater (bobber) with it as well. Adjust your floater according to the depth of the trout in the water. Set the hook when you see a sudden movement on your floater (indicating a bite).

Jig Fishing

Jigs are a type of artificial lure that are very popular. They come in a variety of sizes (1/16-ounce to 1/256th of an ounce) and colors. Effective colors in trout fishing are yellow, olive, white, black, brown or a combination of colors. Immediately set the hook when you feel a strike on your lure. Avoid setting the hook on sight alone and rely more on feel. Like with the bait, you can experiment with different colors to find what is working best on a certain day.

Bottom Fishing

Bottom fishing may be the easiest yet effective method. (Don't try this method in high water). Use your polarized glasses to spot trout in slow moving water. Rigging consists of using the desired hook with bait and crimping the appropriate split shot 12 to 24 inches above the hook. Cast your line upstream from the fish and let the bait settle to the bottom.
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