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5 Places to Go Fishing in Colorado...
Just a few memorable spots, in a state full of prime fishing 

The state of Colorado is home to a nearly innumerable array of fishing opportunities: reservoirs, streams, beaver ponds, rivers... Combine them with an immense variety of terrain, and you have one of the best states in the nation for fishing enthusiasts. 

South Platte River

The South Platte is one of the more famous fishing spots in the state, having been one of President Eisenhower's favorites in the 1950's. And the Wigwam Club, near Deckers, is world-renowned for its exclusivity - purportedly, one does not ask to become a member! Nevertheless, there are numerous opportunities for the public to fish the stretches near Deckers. For a bite and a beverage, visit the Bucksnort Saloon, near Sphinx Park, Colorado (http://thebucksnortsaloon.com). Further upstream, there are several reservoirs (in South Park), including Tarryall, Eleven Mile, Spinney and Antero - all offering a variety of fish, from Rainbow trout, Browns, Cutthroat, Kokanee Salmon, Lake trout, Brookies and even some Walleye and Northern Pike.

Blue Mesa Reservoir

Colorado is home to few naturally-occurring lakes, due to the tremendous terrain & elevation changes. So, almost all of the lakes in the state are actually reservoirs. The largest of these is Blue Mesa Reservoir, near Gunnison, with a 390-foot tall dam and over 9,000 surface acres. Blue Mesa spans 20 miles and boasts over 96 miles of shoreline. Blue Mesa is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area, and offers two full service marinas - Elk Creek Marina and Lake Fork Marina - as well as the famous Pappy's Restaurant overlooking the lake (https://www.thebluemesa.com/pappys). The surrounding Gunnison County offers the best of Colorado with truly outstanding and spectacular scenic areas, gold medal and wild trout waters, and great recreation.

Colorado River and its head-waters

The Colorado River begins in Rocky Mountain National Park. During its trek west, the Colorado forms one of the major waterways west of the Continental Divide until it reaches the Gulf of California, some 1,450 miles away. In the sections from Gore Canyon to the town of Rifle, the Colorado is generally a wider and slower river with some faster canyon stretches and beautiful scenery throughout the corridor.  The sections below Glenwood Springs tend to be some of the first available for early-season float fishing. The Colorado covers an enormous territory, with abundant opportunities to view wildlife and unique geology - other summertime recreation includes world-famous whitewater rafting.

Ruedi Reservoir

Pronounced "rue-die" by locals, Ruedi Reservoir is located on the West Slope of the Continental Divide on the Fryingpan River, roughly 15 miles upstream from the town of Basalt (Aspen is a short drive via some rugged 4x4 trails - perfect to test out your F-150 or Titan off-road capabilities. Paved-road access is on Frying Pan Rd from Basalt). The reservoir is in the White River National Forest, sitting on the county line between Pitkin and Eagle Counties. The Kokanees can be plentiful; but check the stocking report to be sure. The Fryingpan River just below the dam is a great place to stalk that elusive "lunker" trout; and the river has become well-regarded as a Gold Medal fishery.  Ruedi is also home to the Aspen Yacht Club.

Arkansas River

The Arkansas is over 1,469 miles long - but the stretch from Leadville to Canon City offers close to 80 miles of public access, with fairly plentiful catches of brown trout and rainbows. Most average "stocker-size", with some reaching lengths over 20 inches. The Arkansas River is popular for both walk/wade and float fishing. The "blizzard" caddis fly hatch in late April/early May is renowned; but hatches throughout the year make this a very consistent fishing stretch, where anglers can usually find a spot of solitude and reliable catches.

If you're a fan of fishing, there's no shortage in the Centennial State!  For more ideas, visit http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Fishing.aspx - and before casting a line, be sure to get your fishing license at http://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/Fishing.aspx - or find a list of local license agents here: 
https://www.cpwshop.com/issuerlist.page
 
Car Care: Spring Cleaning for Your Vehicle 
Spring cleaning tips for your vehicle

The temperatures are rising. The birds are singing. The mag-chloride covered roads have returned to their natural charcoal-tinted, cracked selves. 
In other words, spring has sprung, and you're probably busier than a bee spring cleaning every room inside your house and tending to your neglected, 
winter-beaten landscape and patio. In your dedication to your cleaning chores, don't forget to add "spring clean the car" to your list. 

Just as your home has weathered the winter months, so has your car, and it, too, needs a lot of attention, inside and out.

Exterior

Road salt, grime and dirt can eat away at your vehicle's pristine paint job as well as corrode the undercarriage. Flying debris - like rocks - that 
hit your car while driving can cause tiny nicks in the exterior, which can grow and cause rust to form.  According to AutoTrader.com writer Doug DeMuro, 
washing your car and ridding it of winter's footprint is essential.  

A thorough washing does more than remove these contaminants to reveal a pretty finish; it protects your car from ongoing, costly and unsightly damage. 
Bust out the bucket, soap and water for a DIY wash, drive to your local automated car wash or patronize a car wash fundraiser; the method doesn't really 
matter as long as your car comes out squeaky clean.

"Once your car is dry, apply wax. A synthetic polymer-based wax will offer you longer-lasting protection," advises Matthew C. Keegan, writer for NAPAonline.com.

While you are giving your car a spit shine, be sure use some elbow grease on the tires. "Because standard car wash cleaner will not get your tires sufficiently 
clean, use a dedicated tire and wheel cleaner," advises Keegan. "Liberally apply the tire cleaner to the outer surface, then use a tire brush to vigorously scrub 
back and forth."

Now is a good time to review the health of your car's tires and wiper blades, too. DeMuro advises checking the blades for cracks and wear. Since wiper blades 
have a productive lifespan of approximately six months, Keegan recommends replacing your winter-weathered blades with new ones to take on the demands of spring 
and summer and again in the fall as part of your cold-weather car care prep.

Interior

You and your passengers probably tracked a lot of dirt and salt over the past few months onto your floor mats and the seats. Keegan says it's time to fire up 
the vacuum to rid your interior of crumbs, dust, dirt and salt. He also recommends you apply a "foaming fabric and upholstery cleaner" to your cloth seats and 
to refer to your vehicle's manual for instructions on how to clean and revitalize wood and leather materials.

Under the hood

Your car's engine worked overtime getting you through winter and as a result is suffering from depleted resources. DeMuro recommends checking that your coolant 
is at its proper level as well as doing a review of your engine's belts and hoses to make sure nothing is cracked, loose or broken. If you're unsure what to look 
for, DeMuro advises taking it in for a service check, and while you're at the shop, "ask for a quick suspension and alignment check."

With these tips, your car will be ready to take on warmer temperatures and the demands of spring.

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