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How to Become a Colorado Master Angler

By Edited Jun 1, 2015 0 0
Fly Fishing in Colorado

Size Matters

Let’s end the eternal debate right now.  SIZE DOES MATTER.  At least when it comes to fly fishing in Colorado.

 

A little known program called the Colorado Master Angler Recognition Program gives anyone the chance to be known as a “Master Angler.”  So why does size matter?  The awards are given based solely on fish length. 

 

Are You Eligible?

The truth is, it doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned fly fisherman or a complete beginner. You can become a Colorado Master Angler with your first catch.  Sure, an experienced fisherman is more likely to catch the “big one”, but on any given day a beginner can “outfish” the most grizzled veteran.  

Secure Your Bragging Rights

So here’s the deal.  To become a Master Angler and secure your legacy of bragging rights to all of your buddies, which is really one of the main reasons many of us fish in the first place, you have to submit a simple application with the details of your catch to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  You are required to have one witness verification and a good clear, side-view picture of your catch.  If you find yourself on the water with no camera (silly you, how were you going to brag about your catch in the first place?), all you need are two eyewitnesses to your catch.  Hmm, sounds kind of like opening up a can of worms to the unscrupulous fly fishing story to me.

Regardless of your fishing scruples, below are the lengths of various fish species that you will have to hook, play, land in your net and hopefully release back to his or her home safely to earn your glory. 

 

Rainbow trout..................................................24
Brown trout......................................................22
Brook trout.......................................................16
Cutthroat trout.................................................20
Snake River Cutthroat....................................20
Rainbow & Cutthroat hybrid (Cutbow).......22
Golden trout.....................................................16
Lake trout.........................................................32
Tiger trout........................................................18
Splake................................................................20
Arctic char........................................................18
Whitefish..........................................................15
Kokanee salmon (angling only)....................20
Grayling............................................................15
Northern pike ..................................................36
Tiger muskie ....................................................40
Sauger................................................................26
Walleye..............................................................26
Saugeye .............................................................26
Yellow perch.....................................................12
Sacramento perch............................................12
Largemouth bass.............................................18
Smallmouth bass.............................................17
Spotted bass......................................................18
Wiper................................................................25
Striped bass......................................................28
White bass........................................................17
Green sunfish...................................................10
Redear sunfish .................................................12
Bluegill..............................................................10
Hybrid bluegill.................................................10
Crappie..............................................................14
Channel catfish................................................30
Blue catfish.......................................................30
Flathead catfish................................................30
Black bullhead..................................................14
Common carp..................................................30
Grass carp.........................................................30
White sucker....................................................22
Longnose sucker..............................................18
Drum.................................................................20
Tench.................................................................18
Pumpkinseed..................................................... 8

 

What You Get

You will receive a certificate and a patch for your achievement and it costs nothing to apply and be rewarded.  I caught this beautiful cutthroat last week, so I might just submit my application today.  (I think it’s just a little bit short though…remember SIZE DOES MATTER.  Also remember:

 “The Fastest Way to A Fisherman’s Heart is Through His Fly” 

 

Colorado Cutthroat
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