12 August 2012

What would Jens Do? Go Fishing.

For Jensie - a guide to fishing along the route of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Only Jens Voigt could unite professional cycling and fishing. Like many of us who have passions for several sports, Jens Voigt came to Colorado last year for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and discovered that the beautiful waters of Colorado are excellent for fishing. Riders are sometimes tourists too, if Jens is lucky he might have time for some fishing while in Colorado. I thought it would be fun to provide Jens (and the rest of us) with some ideas about where to go fishing in Colorado.

Last year I was in my car, following the race south from Steamboat to Breckenridge down Hwy 9, traffic was halted as the racers rejoined the highway after riding around Green Mountain Reservoir. I got out of my stopped car and ran up the road past 8 cars to see the peloton whiz by and get some photos. Inside the second car in the long line of cars were two older men in khaki, as I passed by they asked me, "What is going on?" I said, "It's the race, the peloton is joining back onto the main road." "Huh?" they replied. "Aren't you here for the race?" I asked, "No, we were just out fishing!" I laughed. Out fishing, and they got caught right behind some of the best riders in the world.

Do you remember this VeloNews interview with Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) from the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge about fishing and being in Colorado: VIDEO: Jens Voigt on fishing, chillin’, and breaking away in Colorado
Jens Voigt fishing in Colorado in 2011. Tweet by Jens Voigt

I spoke with Karen Christopherson from ColoradoFishing.net, who has personally recommended fishing locations for Jens Voigt along the route of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge from Durango to Denver, Colorado. Just in case Jens has a little free time before or after each stage - he will know exactly where to wade into the waters thanks to Karen's expert recommendations for both Jens and the fans.

2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Route Map

Welcome to Colorado Jens Voigt!
For Jens - a list (with links) of the best fishing to be found near the parcours (route) of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Enjoy your time in Colorado Jens, we are happy to have you visit again. Go team RadioShack-Nissan-Trek!

Monday, Aug. 20: Stage 1 Durango – Telluride 

Highway 145 follows the Dolores River as it climbs towards Lizard Head Pass. This beautiful country offers fishing access on San Juan National Forest lands on the upstream portion of the river. However, since Jensie probably won't have time to stop and fish, he may have to settle for the San Miguel River near Telluride on Monday evening.

Tuesday, Aug. 21:  Stage 2 Montrose – Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte

This is fishing country! The Gunnison River upstream from Gunnison, or the East River, are good for wading this time of year. Some high-country lakes near Crested Butte, such as Lake Irwin, offer good late afternoon destinations when the bugs come out. http://coloradofishing.net/wtf_gunn.htm

Wednesday, Aug. 22:  Stage 3 Gunnison – Aspen 
Maybe Jensie could take a break and fish for some of the largest trout in the state at the Taylor River tailwater. Or fish in the Upper Arkansas River north of Buena Vista. If he has to wait until the Stage is done, the Roaring Fork and Fryinpan rivers near Aspen hold nice browns and rainbows. http://coloradofishing.net/wtf_aspen.htm

Thursday, Aug. 23:  Stage 4 Aspen – Beaver Creek/Vail Valleys 

After today's ride, what could be more perfect than to fish the Eagle River? Lots of access just off I-70. http://coloradofishing.net/ft_eagle.htm

Friday, Aug. 24:  Stage 5 Breckenridge – Colorado Springs 

This stage passes thru some of the best fishing Colorado has to offer - all in South Park! The South Platte river (including the middle and south fork) has some great tailwater fishing below Spinney Reservoir. Or Jensie could fish for the monster trout in Antero or Spinney Reservoir. http://coloradofishing.net/ft_dream.htm and http://coloradofishing.net/ft_spinney.htm

Saturday, Aug. 25:  Stage 6 Golden – Boulder

The best and most beautiful fishing spots along this stage are the high mountain lakes west of Hwy 72. Some of the lakes even hold native cutthroat trout. For fishing post-stage, there's Boulder and South Boulder Creeks. Both have some good pocket water to find hardy trout. http://coloradofishing.net/ft_sbldr.htm

Sunday, Aug. 26:  Stage 7 ITT Denver

Not much good fly fishing in Denver. But after the racing is done, plenty of opportunities lie west of Denver within about 1.5 hours drive, whether it's the Blue River near Silverthorne off I-70, or the South Platte and tributaries off Hwy 285 in South Park. 

A great big thank you to Karen for her help in sharing the joys of traveling and fishing in Colorado.
Karen R. Christopherson
Colorado and Wyoming Fishing Networks
Evergreen, CO

How to recognize Jens Voigt - either look in the front of the peloton for the guy trying to get in the break or leading the pack, or look for a really friendly German guy in a RadioShack-Nissan-Trek jersey. Be sure to cheer really loud for him. ©Photos by Karen at Pedal Dancer™