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Vail Valley Anglers
Fly Fishing Colorado Rivers

Fly Fishing Colorado's Top Ten Summer Hatches

Summer is just around the corner and Colorado anglers need to be prepared with the right patterns for fly fishing Colorado’s Top Ten Summer Hatches. These insects hatch about the same time each summer and provide the majority of the food for trout in all area trout fisheries. While anglers fly fishing in and around Vail, Colorado would do well to have fly boxes stocked with general searching and attractor patterns like Prince Nymphs and Royal Wulffs, to be consistently successful it is imp...

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Fall Trout Key On Blue Winged Olive Mayflies

Blue-Winged Olive Mayfly, Fly Fisherman’s Nemesis or Nirvana?

Many a cool, cloudyday, while fly fishing my beloved Colorado River Blue-Winged Olive mayfly hatch, I have witnessed numerous clients struggle with catching fish consistently during the annual spring and fall mayfly hatches. Did we have the right size, shape and color of the natural? Was the action of the fly consistent with the stage of the insect we were attempting to mimic? Were we not imitating the stage most available ...