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Fly Fishing in Colorado

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Colorado has some of the best fly fishing in the west. Within 2 hours of Denver, world class rivers are right at your fingertips. The many tailwaters are unique to Colorado. . These rivers are known for holding giant trout who are willing to take a fly.

Within 2 hours of Denver, Colorado you have so many fly fishing opportunities. The main areas are the South Platte River Basin and the Colorado River Basin. Within the South Platte River Basin, there is access to Deckers, Dream Stream, Eleven Mile, Cheesman Canyon, Tomahawk, Antero Reservoir, Spinney Reservoir and Elevenmile Reservoir. All of these fisheries are full of gigantic trout and are within 1-2 hours of Denver. These sections of the South Platte are gold medal water, which means they are “special” due to the amount of trout per mile.

The Colorado Basin is home to the mighty Colorado River, in which there are many sections you can publicly access and fly fish. There are many other rivers within this Basin that you can fly fish. The Blue River, Williams Fork River, Eagle River and Frasier River are all within 2 hours of Downtown Denver. The Frying Pan and Roaring Fork River are also included in the Colorado River Basin, but are a bit further away. The Colorado River offers the ability to fish from a drift boat, which is a very exciting way to fish. The drift boat floats down the river and the fly fisher fishes out of the side of the boat. A truly relaxing and enjoyable way to fly fish.

Although Colorado does not have a fishing season, some months are better than others. The weather begins to warm in April and by June the fishing is well under way. July, August and September are peak season for fly fishers in Colorado, but do not underestimate the fall. The weather can be unpredictable, but if you are willing to brave the elements, then you will be rewarded. The fall brown trout migration begins in the fall and fishing is incredible!


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