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Vail Valley Anglers
Fly Fishing Colorado High Country with Vail Valley Anglers in Vail, CO

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Reporter: Ray Kyle

Report Date: December 8, 2017

Current Conditions: All of the access gate to the high country are closed for the winter and the lakes are frozen over. Check back in the late spring for an update. In the meanwhile, go fish the rivers and tailwaters in the area!

Guide Tip: Great time of the year to check out the state's amazing tailwater fisheries!

Hatches: Mayflies, Caddis, Stoneflies, and Terrrestrials 

Recommended Files: Small streamers, flashy attractor nymphs, bushy attractor dry flies

Colorado High Country Fly Fishing Report


There are many Colorado High Country locations that hold trout. Most of the trails that lead into the high country go to high mountain lakes. There are also many small streams that flow freely through the mountains and also hold good numbers of fish. For the small fly rod enthusiast, you can enjoy never seeing another fisherman and catching all your fish on dry flies. Stop by the shop and ask for some ideas. Many locations in the Colorado high country are only available to fish for roughly 90 days per year due to snow and other difficult weather conditions. In general the 4th of July is the starting date for accessing more remote areas with most of the snowpack receding to only the highest elevations.

Select the updated graph for a larger version. River Levels

Other Information
Homestake Creek is good option for early Spring season when the High Country is not quite available. Stop by the shop for some advice on how to fish this small creek. Need a guide? We provide Guided Fishing Trips daily, even throughout the winter. Let us show you some tips to catching fish by hiring a guide for the day.