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Vail Valley Anglers

Reporter: Ray Kyle

Report Date: October 14, 2017

Current Conditions: With the recent rain and snow, some of the roads leading up to the high country may be very muddy and difficult to drive on. Use caution.  Take a nice hike up and enjoy numerous fish that are waiting for you. Fish are more than happy to take a dry fly in most of the small creeks. If you are struggling on the dry, try a streamer with short quick strips. Look for where the creeks feed into the lakes and target the fish there. Do some research and find those natives! Nolan Lake near Fulford, Missouri Lakes near Homestake, Timberline Lake near Leadville, any lake on the Flat Tops are great places to start exploring! It's not a bad idea to wear some bright colors or blaze orange this time of year due to the numerous hunters in the high country.

Guide Tip: Walk lightly and use a dry dropper for a stealthy presentation - if that's not working use a small streamer.

Hatches: Mayflies, Caddisflies, and small Stoneflies

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.