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Fly Fishing Colorado Rivers

High Water Bugs | How big is too big?

The major flex of run off has shown its strength and is now beginning to relinquish the high water patterns our rivers have been experiencing. As the volume in our rivers begins to diminish float fishing becomes a special way to fish. The water is at an enjoyable level to float and the fish are ready to put on the feedbag. Increasing the size of your fly is a good option for the changing water conditions. But how big is too big? What is happening in the river? The rivers although pas...

Fly Fishing Colorado Rivers

Arkansas River | May Caddis Hatch

The Arkansas River is one of the most popular destination waters to fly fish in Colorado. With a Gold Medal designation there are a lot of reasons why this river receives the attention it does. The Arkansas is a river that is friendly to float fishing and to wade fishing, so any angler can find some section of the “Ark” to explore. Predominately a wild brown trout fishery healthy Hofer strain rainbows are encountered too in this river only with less frequency. If there was a prime...

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's Mother's Day Caddis Hatch

The Mother’s Day Caddis hatch is a fly fishing event not to be missed in Colorado. Anglers from all over the country and seasoned local fly fishermen wait all winter for the incredible dry fly action this hatch brings. We all hope that the right conditions develop for the perfect storm of clouds of caddis and rising trout. Some years early spring runoff and high, muddy water coincides with the Mother’s Day caddis hatch rendering rivers unfishable. But in years where streams flow clea...

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 Colorado Rivers

Fly Fishing Colorado's Summer Hatches

It looks like our local rivers in the Vail, Colorado area have peaked and are now dropping which is a great indication that summer hatches and great dry fly fishing will begin soon. At Vail Valley Anglers, we are fortunate enough to have access to several rivers which provide fairly predictable insect emergences each summer. While the timing and intensity of these hatches may vary from year to year, each one brings it own unique fly fishing challenges and rewards. Now is the time to get prepared...

Fly Fishing Education

Why Is It Important To Practice Casting?


Many experienced anglers think that practicing fly casting is only necessary for beginning fly fishermen. I hear my clients say it all the time, “I already know how to cast”. The fact is that everyone from the never ever fisherman to the Scott Rods Pro Staffer needs to practice casting frequently in order to hit small targets and handle the fly rod more effectively.

Each spring, the rivers and streams in western Colorado swell with snowmelt and mud. This is a great time for m...