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Anthony Bartkowski’s garage, you might think he was an Orvis rep. Actually, the 46-yearold Colorado resident is the executive director for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. But he has spent time as a trout guide, inspired by his addiction to fly-casting since a family friend first introduced him to the sport when he was 12 years old.
“I grew up catching trout, steelhead, and bass in the tributaries of the Great Lakes,” Bartkowski says. “But when I moved to Colorado about 15 years ago, I fell in love with the mountains and crystal-clear streams here, and the many species of trout that swim in these waters.”
Bartkowski isn’t the only angler in love with the salmonoid opportunities that abound near his Colorado Springs home, so he has developed several tactics to stand out from the crowd. His insight will help you catch pressured trout where you live.
Anthony Bartkowski Colorado Springs, CO