Rainbow trout ready for the grill. All photos by Wayne D. Lewis/CPW.
I’ve long thought, and it’s highly unlikely that I am alone in the thought, that bananas are the perfect food. They come in easy-to-carry bundles, are individually wrapped, with the biodegradable wrapper giving an extremely accurate and up-to-date report of the condition of the nutritious goodness within. But for the omnivore, carnivore or pescavore, what food comes close to the banana’s perfection?
My vote is for trout.
And I’m talking fresh-caught trout, not the store-bought kind. Not that there is anything particularly wrong with store-bought fish, but when you catch them you get the satisfaction of knowing freshness, and going fishing and bringing trout to the net is far more enjoyable than the bumper-cart madness of the grocery store. In addition, a stringer of rainbows, browns, brookies and/or cutthroats is much more satisfying to carry than a bunch of bananas. Once caught, trout are almost as easy to clean for the grill as bananas are to peel. Bass, bluegill, crappie, etc. are all delicious, but filleting them (for me anyway) is a far more arduous task. For years, I’ve released every fish I caught back to the water, but some tasty meals over the last year or so have me thinking, “the heck with catch and release, fish are for eating.” Read more
A Colorado road trip can transport the driver to some remarkable fishing. All photos by Wayne D. Lewis/CPW.
“It was the best 17-hundred bucks I ever spent,” was my last response to the guy filling up his Subaru across the island at a Silverthorn gas station. We were wrapping up a quick chat about my 1991 Mazda Miata, which had gone something like this:
Subaru guy: “Nice car, do you like it?”
Me: “Yep, it’s a blast.”
SG: “Is it fast?”
Me: “Not really, but fun in the corners. And even legal speeds are much more fun with the top down.”
SG: “So more of a tourer? My dad had an old RX-7. It was a great touring car.”
Me: “Yeah, it’s like that. As they say, it’s better to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow. It was the best 17-hundred bucks I ever spent.” Read more
A Fly Fishing Team USA competitor on Clear Creek. Photo by Wayne D. Lewis/CPW.
Ron Belak. Photo by Wayne D. Lewis/CPW
If you want a reliable source of fly-fishing information in the Evergreen area, Ron Belak is much better than most. He is the editor of “The Evergreen Trout,” the newsletter of the Evergreen chapter of Trout Unlimited, and I would bet that Belak knows the waters around this Foothills town better than 99.9 percent of the residents. “These waters are my laboratory, where I try out new flies and techniques,” said Belak.
Belak is also a frequent contributer to Colorado Outdoors magazine, of which I am the editor. He recently pitched an article about a Fly Fishing Team USA competition that took place Aug. 8-9. His article will run in the upcoming 2015 Fishing Guide edition of Colorado Outdoors. During the competition, Belak’s primary duty was to function as a judge (actually referred to as a controller) and secondarily as a photographer and writer. I decided it was a great opportunity to capture some images for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife photo library and for this blog.
Since their introduction into Colorado in the late 19th century, brown trout have established wild and self-sustaining populations throughout hundreds of miles of rivers and creeks. They occur today in nearly every mountain stream between 6,000 and 10,000 feet in elevation. In addition to the more accessible rivers and mountain reservoirs, where they can grow to trophy sizes, vibrant populations of wild browns provide sport-fishing opportunities for backcountry anglers.
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