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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 Yellow Sally Hatch

The rivers and creeks around Vail, Colorado are blessed with many prolific insect hatches and one of the most overlooked yet most important summer fly fishing events is the annual Yellow Sally Hatch. There are definitely insects such as Caddis, Green Drakes and Pale Morning Duns that gather more attention from anglers but when Yellow Sallies hatch, trout take notice on fisheries like the Eagle River and the Roaring Fork River.


Kyles BH C-N Yellow Sally Nymph

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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...