DENVER -- Colorado's backcountry's streams and lakes offer a lifetime of fishing opportunity for anglers willing to explore. But hiking into these high-country fisheries can be daunting for those who have never done it before.
To help give anglers the skills and confidence needed to take that next step, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is joining with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to present "A Taste of Backcountry Angling," on August 23 near Empire, Colorado.
This day-long clinic is designed for intermediate anglers and will offer presentations on safe backcountry travel and camping, tips on catching trout in lakes and streams, and hands-on instruction in spin- and fly fishing. Participants will also have an opportunity to fish two high-country lakes during the morning and afternoon bite.
Registration is limited ages 12 and up. All youth are required to be accompanied by an adult or mentor and participants over the age of 16 must have a valid 2013 CPW-issued fishing license. Because space is limited to 30, participants will be selected through a random lottery. Participants will be notified by August 20 if they have been selected to participate.
Participants should be physically fit, as they will be spending the day in the high country above 9,000 feet in elevation. A four-wheel-drive or other high-clearance vehicle is required to navigate roads to the site.
Registration is limited to:
--Ages 12 and older.
--Youth must be accompanied by an adult or mentor and participants over the age of 16 must have a valid 2013 CPW-issued fishing license.
--All participants must have some experience fishing.
--A high clearance vehicle is needed to access the site.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
--Name of Youth angler
--Age of Youth angler
--Fishing Experience Level: None, Some, Experienced
--Name of Parent/Mentor
--Parent/ Mentor Email