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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

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