Tailwater fisheries kick off

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by Bill Tiedje
On overcast, cloudy spring days in southwest Colorado, the lull of terrestrial life is suddenly contrasted by the awakening of the region's fishing spots. Beneath the surface, trout species respond to warmer temperatures and increased stream flows to savor a diet of aquatic insects that begin to hatch under cloudy skies. "The days when people say, 'Oh, it's crappy I don't want to go out' — those are the days to go out," said Matt McCannel, a fly fishing guide with RIGS Adventure Co.