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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

Fall Fishing Tactics

Late fall can be a great time to fish the Colorado, Eagle, and Roaring Fork rivers, and this year, conditions are particularly good. Warm days, cool nights, and clear water have come together to create some incredible fishing for anglers everywhere. Whether you are fishing from a boat or on foot, you should be able to find plenty of hungry fish. Here are a few things to keep in mind for your upcoming fall fishing adventure.
Clear Water and Bright Sun
Typical fall fishing conditi...

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Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

Sage SALT Fly Rod Review

The new Sage SALT Fly Rod is the fly fishing industry’s first saltwater specific action fly rod. In order for the saltwater angler to be successful, he or she must be able to cast long distances quickly, accurately, and many times directly into the wind. With the new Sage SALT, this task is easier than ever. Its ability to load quickly reduces the number of false casts the angler needs to get line out, meaning that the fly gets to the fish faster. The powerful, fast action of the SALT gene...

Fly Fishing Colorado Rivers

Spring Midge Fly Fishing on the Roaring Fork River

Early Spring Midge Hatches
Every year about the end of February, here in Central Colorado, the Roaring Fork River turns into a midge factory that produces the first good hatch of the season. The hatch of a variety of midges will fill the bottom of a self-bailing raft with so many midge shucks that by the end of most mornings in the spring you can reach down and pick of thousands in one handful.Naturally the bountiful rainbow and brown trout who inhabit the Roaring Fork, eagerly key on the earl...

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Besides Midges, What do Trout Eat all Winter?

Fly fishermen across the west are used to hearing pretty much the same thing from fly shops and guides all winter long. The freezing temperatures and low water have set in for good, and the mayflies, caddis, and terrestrials that we love so much are no longer vulnerable to feeding trout. The mid-day midge hatch has taken center stage, and will stay there for most of the next several months.

I fish a lot during these months and am constantly looking for other ways to catch fish. Part of the ...

On the water

What is the best type of boat for the Fly Fisherman


When floating down the Colorado River we see a variety of water craft used for fly fishermen to access the river. You will notice when float fishing the Roaring Fork River a slightly different mix of vessels. The Gunnison River, Eagle River, Arkansas River, Blue River and the North Platte River again may demand specialized watercraft when it comes to the boats being employed to float fish these rivers. There are reasons why different options may be used on different rivers ranging from water ...

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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...

Rivers

The Fall Spawning Season Trout has Arrived

Fall has arrived here in the mountains of Colorado, and with all of the leaves changing
color comes another less noticeable transformation. Many of the trout that live in
our rivers and streams have begun to spawn. While rainbow trout and cutthroat trout
reproduce in the spring, brook trout and brown trout wait until the fall.

The dropping temperatures and the shortening days trigger the fish to begin their
reproductive process, which for many of them, starts with a long migration u...

Rivers

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...