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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's Pale Morning Dun Hatch

Fly fishing the Pale Morning Dun Hatch on Colorado’s trout streams is a dependable summer event that anglers can rely on for steady nymph and dry fly action. These small mayflies are currently hatching on rivers like the Eagle, Roaring Fork and Colorado. Expect this hatch to continue through July and in to August. The Pale Moring Dun mayfly tends to run between a size #16 to #18 but may shrink to a #20 later in the summer.

Many aquatic insects have regional differences in size and col...

Fly Fishing Colorado Rivers

Fly Fishing the Pale Morning Dun Hatch

Across the western United States, one of the most anticipated hatches of the summer is a medium to small sized mayfly called the Pale Morning Dun. Here in Vail Valley, Pale Morning Duns or PMDs, generate a lot of interest from trout and very good dry fly fishing for anglers on local streams like the Eagle River, Roaring Fork and Colorado River. It is a predictable and dependable hatch.
Unlike some mayflies like Blue Winged Olives which prefer to hatch during cloudy, dreary weather, the PMD is ...

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...