Residents of Colorado are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful states in the nation. They are surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, rushing rivers and streams, lakes and reservoirs, as well as deserts and grasslands. Denver provides a tempting array of shopping and fine dining as well as numerous galleries, museums and sports events. Vail, less than a two hour drive away, offers superb skiing and all the amenities expected in a major resort destination. But what draws many of the 30 million visitors to the state every year is the unsurpassed opportunity for year round fly fishing.
There are over 6,000 miles of streams and rivers and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs in Colorado, boasting excellent fly fishing opportunities. Many of these world class fisheries are located only a short distance from Denver and Vail. Fly fishermen and women from around the world as well as locals enjoy testing their skills against the trophy fish in these waters. The many dams and reservoirs near Denver and in the Vail Valley offer ideal conditions for fish to grow and multiply. Abundant food supplies and optimal temperatures provide the perfect environment for fish such as rainbow and brown trout to reach trophy dimensions. Many of the Gold Medal fishing spots are located here. The Colorado Wildlife Commission designates a body of water as Gold Medal if each acre consistently contains a minimum of 60 pounds of trout with at least 12 trout measuring more than 14 inches each. In 2015, three lakes and more than 320 miles of river were awarded the Gold Medal designation. In some areas this means at least 7,000 rainbow trout per mile, a compelling attraction for fly fishing enthusiasts.
There are some 35 different species of fish to be caught in the waters near Denver and Vail. Imagine testing your skills against:
Start your bucket list with these species, as well as splake and kokanee, Colorado’s landlocked salmon. Each kind presents its own challenges.
Start planning for your Colorado fly fishing adventure by considering fishing opportunities right in downtown Denver. The South Platte River flows right through the downtown area, and offers a number of ideal fishing spots just minutes from your hotel. Follow this river upstream where it meanders through meadows in some areas, and roars through canyons in others. Expect Gold Medal fishing in several sections of this river, including:
Other popular waters include the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir, the Eagle River, and the Colorado where trout average 12-16 inches. There are many additional excellent fly fishing waters in the Vail Valley. Check out the possibilities at Roaring Fork, Blue River, Gore Creek, Cross Creek and Stillwater.
Even if you enjoy planning the detail of a fishing trip, you might want to save time and access the experience and expertise of a fishing guide. Such professional services are particularly helpful if you are new to fly fishing and/or unfamiliar with Colorado waters. Minturn Anglers guides can take you to the best spots for fly fishing in Colorado. They work out of Minturn Anglers shops in Denver, Vail and Minturn. They are on local waters almost every day, know exactly where to go to catch trophy fish, and also offer exclusive access to a number of private fly fishing properties. Minturn Anglers guides work hard to provide the best fishing experiences for every client. Clients also appreciate their advice about renting or purchasing equipment and gear, including the fly patterns that are currently most effective.
Talk to the staff at the Vail and Denver fly shop to discuss your specific requirements, or choose from one of the many expedition options offered, such as:
Start your next fly fishing adventure with a call to Minturn Anglers in Denver or Vail.
Vail is the vacation destination of choice for Colorado residents as well as visitors from across North America and beyond. Just the name conjures up visions of majestic mountains, roaring waters, skiing and fly fishing. There is room for both glamorous adventure and back-to-nature solitude. The Vail area is easily accessible, located just 100 miles west down Interstate 70 from the Denver International Airport, and only 40 miles from the Eagle Airport. With more than 300 days of sunshine, summer temperatures reaching 78˚F and winter temperatures around freezing, Vail is a world renowned Rocky Mountain paradise for both the young and the young at heart. Sitting at an elevation of 8,150 feet, Vail is surrounded by spectacular mountain views. Activities and attractions abound in this resort town. Ski and snowboard fanatics love the area, with its 300 inches of snow annually and 33 ski lifts accessing over 5,000 skiable acres. But fly fishing enthusiasts know there is much more in the Vail Valley. Colorado, with its thousands of rivers and lakes, offers outstanding fly fishing opportunities. Most anglers consider the best waters to be in the Vail Valley, and return year after year to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and experience again the thrill of catching trophy sized trout.
Fly fishermen and women from around the world test their skills against trophy fish in the Vail Valley. The bottom release of waters from the many dams and reservoirs in the area provides an optimal temperature and ideal food supply for fish in these waters, allowing them to grow to trophy size. Trout waters only minutes from Vail report thousands of fish per mile. With about 35 species of fish to be found in the Valley waters, the challenges are almost unlimited. For example, experience the thrill of battling:
Some fly fishing enthusiasts take pride in personally planning memorable expeditions. They enjoy sourcing and purchasing all the necessary gear, researching ideal fishing locations and access points, and identifying waters with best flow rates and hatches. Fishing on their own is part of the challenge. Many others, however, would rather spend more time on the water and less time actually getting there. The option especially for those new to the area or to the sport is to hire a Vail fly fishing guide. Even returning anglers often count on professional guide services to provide them with the best fly fishing experience possible. The Minturn Anglers fly shop is conveniently located in Vail. The professional guides who run this company are all avid fly fishermen who are on local waters just about every day. They love to work with both new and experienced clients, and do their best to pass on their knowledge to ensure memorable fishing adventures. They know where to go for the best fishing opportunities, and can provide advice about additional gear and equipment that might need to be rented or purchased, whether it is clothing, a new rod or simply fly patterns that seem to be working best right now.
Minturn Anglers guides can introduce you to the best of Vail Valley fishing. Count on them to introduce you to the best opportunities on more than 500 miles of waters in the Valley, including:
Minturn Anglers also has access to a number of private fly fishing properties. A popular choice is the Lazy J Ranch, home of the Vail Rod and Gun Club. Other ranches and fishing leases 30 minutes to 2 hours away from Vail also offer superb fly fishing opportunities. Minturn Anglers has exclusive access to the best 4 mile stretch of water in the Valley.
The guides at Minturn are dedicated to providing fly fishing experiences that fulfill every expectation or need. Discuss your requirements with staff at the shop, or choose from the many expedition options possible, such as:
All it takes to start your next fly fishing adventure is a call to Minturn Anglers.
It is easy for the 650,000 residents of Denver, and the more than 15.4 million people who visited the city in 2014 to fall in love with this vibrant and picturesque city. Denver really is a “Mile High City”, located on rolling plains just a few miles east of the foothills and Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, providing a panoramic view from the city of some 200 individual mountain peaks. The city has much to offer, from museums, galleries and zoos, to sports, delectable dining and eclectic shopping. Many visitors, however, are drawn by the unsurpassed opportunities for year round Denver fly fishing.
With more than 6,000 miles of rivers and over 2,000 reservoirs and lakes, the state offers some of the best fly fishing that can be found anywhere. Many of these world class fisheries are located only a short distance from Denver. City residents and visiting fly fishermen and women from around the world find it hard to resist the urge to test their skills against these trophy fish. There are about 35 different species of fish in these waters near Denver, each offering its own challenge. They include:
Bottom release of waters from the many dams and reservoirs near Denver ensures optimal temperatures and an abundant food supply for fish in these waters. This is a perfect environment for rainbow and brown trout, for example, to grow to trophy size, and the ideal conditions for them to multiply. Imagine 7,000 rainbow trout per mile, as is reported in some of these waters.
There are a number of different watersheds on the Denver Front Range. Each has its own characteristics and opportunities. Popular Denver fly fishing waters include:
For fishermen and women who have the time, fishing on their own is a great way to experience the splendor of the Colorado outdoors. For many anglers, the work of collecting proper gear, researching conditions, identifying access and flow at specific fishing locations, and working out the currently effective fly pattern is an enjoyable part of the sport. Others, though, would simply prefer to spend all their available time on the water, actively fishing. The option then is to hire a Denver fishing guide. This is especially true for those new to the area or just beginning the sport. Talk to a reputable Denver fly shop such as Minturn Anglers. These people are avid anglers, on the water just about every day, and love to pass on their skills and knowledge to their clients, even the most inexperienced. Minturn Anglers professional fly fishing guides are available for both half day and full day trips in or around Denver, and can rent or borrow what additional equipment that might be required. Staff at this popular Denver fly shop can provide expert advice about extra gear and equipment that might need to be purchased, whether it is clothing, hats, waders, a new rod or those extra special fly patterns that seem to be working so well right now. Of course, don't forget the fishing license and stamps. See the Colorado fly fishing license page.
These experienced Minturn Anglers guides bring their clients to the best spots for the biggest catches. Talk to one of them to discuss options, and book early. Don’t forget to ask about the private water locations available exclusively to Minturn Anglers, perhaps choosing a day at the famed Boxwood & Long Meadow Ranch. As a member of the Rocky Mountain Angling Club, Minturn Anglers also offers excursions to one of the Club’s 40 prime fishing locations throughout the state. Discuss the excursion options for Colorado Front Range fly fishing offered by Minturn Anglers. Check out the features of Walk and Wade trips on one of the Gold Medal stretches of the South Platte River:
In Denver, fly fishing is a winter sport as well. Minturn Anglers guides would be pleased to provide a Walk and Wade trip for an unforgettable winter fly fishing experience in the tailwaters near Denver. Every season of the year, count on the professional guides from Minturn Anglers to bring clients to the most productive fly fishing locations.