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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...

Fly Fishing Colorado Rivers

Fly Fishing Colorado Early Spring Hatches

Early Spring fly fishing in Colorado is excellent and many anglers are already flocking to local rivers near Vail, Colorado searching for big brown and rainbow trout. Well known hatches of Blue-winged Olive mayflies and a variety of midges hatch each day on rivers like the Eagle and Roaring Fork Rivers. These small insects are the first steady food source for trout and smart anglers will have a good supply of flies imitating BWOs and midges in their fly boxes.

An even smarter angler will be...

Fly Fishing Education

Fly Fishing Education | Fly Fishing Reading List for Winter

Fly fishing and reading go hand in hand for serious anglers and there is a lot of good reading to enjoy this winter. No matter how productive winter fly fishing may be, the short days and freezing temperatures between the months of December and February trap most anglers inside day after day. Many guides and serious anglers spend this time slaving away at the vise, creating new patterns and restocking empty fly boxes, but for those of us not gifted in the fine art of fly t...