When you drive into Colorado, the sign that welcomes you reads, “Colorful Colorado.” This state nickname is generally believed to derive from their diverse landscapes and perhaps their gorgeous sunsets, but anglers ought to contend that it’s the colorful trout that make the state deserving of this nickname.
Wild trout are simply more beautiful than hatchery trout, and Colorado is packed with wild trout. In addition, many of Colorado’s tailwaters have famous food sources for the trout, from salmon flies to mysis shrimp, that many contend provide plenty of nutrients to give many of Colorado’s trout their magnificent colors.
In the photo above from Colorado Trout Hunters, a nice wild brookie prepares for release back into a mountain river.
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