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Lucky, the Catch and Release Superstar: Part One
March 26, 2014

I have never had a problem with anyone who wanted to keep their legal limit of fish. The Division of Wildlife has set limits for each stream in order to maintain healthy populations of trout and I do respect those who take up to their limit. Hunting and gathering has been going on since the beginning of time, and there is something to be said about somebody who goes out and puts in the time to hunt and capture something that will feed and sustain them. 

I have other means of putting food on the table; however, so ever since I started fishing I have enjoyed the return on investment of catch and release fishing. Being able to see and hold a wild animal in my hands and then release it back into the wild to remain as a vital part of the water is quite fulfilling. I always tell people to let them go and then you can come back and catch them again when they are bigger and smarter. This idea was proven this last fall on the Taylor River. 

After hooking and landing a 20” rainbow, my dropper got snagged on the dorsal fin of the fish and broke off as it swam away. I went on fishing that area for a bit when I decided to work back upstream. In a hole upstream of the one that held the first rainbow, I spotted another rainbow that I thought was about 20” as well. I got a couple looks from the trout but no takes. I made a quick change and after about the 10th drift, the trout took my dropper. I managed to land this 20-incher again, only to find my dropper being kept safely in its dorsal fin. The fish had moved upstream from where I released it and was feeding actively again in that short amount of time. In the span of half an hour I had caught and released the same mature trout twice. I would have just guessed it was a different fish if not for the fly. This same fish provided me with two thrilling hook ups that I would not have gotten if I had not released him unharmed the first time. I thought that might be the end of the story of me and this fish but I was wrong….  

Photo Caption: Not Lucky, but a nice Taylor River rainbow. 
Posted by Zach Kinler

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Find yourself in Crested Butte
March 4, 2014

We all have our favorite spots to go whether it is a great place to fish, a sweet line on the mountain that we love to ski, or maybe just a quiet spot off the beaten path where we can enjoy a little peace and tranquility. Last week I found myself at a place where of all three of those met.  Standing just below the peak of Mt. Crested Butte, I looked west towards the Ruby Range and had a great perspective on some of my favorite fishing spots. I looked below to see the infamous chute named ‘Banana,’ which I was about to ski. And then I looked all around and could only see a few people skiing on the mountain hundreds of feet below me. 

There was not much going through my head except maybe a feeling of contentment that you can easily get in these mountains. I think that experience and feeling epitomizes Crested Butte and helped remind me what a great place this is. If you are lucky enough to have spent some time in this area, you probably know the feeling. If you are looking for a special spot to relax, have fun, and enjoy life, check out Crested Butte, Colorado. 

Let Dragonfly Anglers be the place you call or stop by for local knowledge and information about anything Crested Butte. This is what we do and we are pretty good at it. 

Photo Cred: Tom Flawn-Chopp
Posted by Zach Kinler
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