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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...


Now That Winter is Here, Where Did the Fish Go?

Many of the freestone rivers on Colorado’s western slope are susceptible to drastic temperature changes throughout the year. The very lower section of the Eagle River, for example, can get as warm as 75 degrees Fahrenheit in August and can dip as low as 33 degrees in December and January depending on the weather. Many anglers believe that the frigid water makes the fish lethargic and puts them down. They are only somewhat correct. Trout still need to eat most days, and they need to expo...


Why Fish Vail, Colorado?

Since Vail Mountain began operations in 1962, the Vail Valley has been known throughout the world as primarily a world class ski destination. Many tourists and even locals overlook the myriad of other activities available. This includes fly fishing. Because of the popularity of skiing here in Eagle county, Vail has never really fallen into the destination fly fishing category with other towns such as Bozeman, MT, Jackson Hole, WY, or even Idaho Falls, ID. Many of my clients say...


Vail, Colorado's Best Trout Rivers

Here at Vail Valley Anglers we are blessed to have more miles of world class trout fishing than any die hard angler could cover in a lifetime of fly fishing. Our trout fishing takes place on tiny mountain creeks, medium sized freestone streams, cold clear tailwaters and also big brawling rivers perfect for float fishing from drift boats and rafts.

Also available is an abundance of productive stillwater options ranging from pristine alpine lakes to large reservoirs. It would be impossible to...