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Winter Fishing - 2-24-20

Monday, February 24, 2020

There are die-hard fishermen here, determined to pursue their sport regardless of winter!

Some are ice fishermen, like this youngster out at Stagecoach, drilling a hole in the ice hoping to pull a fish back through. Others pull out their fly rods and brave the open sections of river, sometimes finding success like this brown trout for their efforts:

DH is a rabid fisherman - it's the whole reason we live here. He essentially looks at all this snow as time-released irrigation, providing plenty of water for the fish through spring and summer. Only one season since we've lived here has he braved the winter for fishing. It was the year he had a goal of catching 1000 fish. In November he was standing in the Yampa River trying to catch the last 3 fish he needed to hit his goal. I remember being at home, baking a cake (I figured he was either going to get those 3 fish or die after falling in the river and having his waders fill with icy water....). Fortunately he caught and released those last 3 fish, and vowed he was never standing in the river breaking ice off his fly rod again!
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