Colorado Fly Fishing On World Class Waters
Experience World Class Fly Fishing on Colorado Waters
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 Colorado fly fishing.
Enjoy Colorado Gold Medal Fisheries
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.
Choose Your Fish
There are some 35 different species of fish to be caught in the waters near Denver and Vail. Imagine testing your skills against:
- A variety of trout including rainbow trout, cutthroat, brook, browns and Mackinaw which are some of the largest trout in America
- A wiper, a challenging catch
- Yellow perch
- Large and small mouth bass
- Mountain whitefish
Start your bucket list with these species, as well as splake and kokanee, Colorado’s landlocked salmon. Each kind presents its own challenges.
Exploring Colorado Fly Fishing Waters
There are many different watersheds to explore in the Denver Front Range. Each one offers its own unique characteristics and opportunities. Whether you have been fly fishing for years or are new to the sport, count on the professional guides from Minturn Anglers to bring you to the most productive Colorado fly fishing locations.
Be sure to consider exploring the Colorado River itself. Breathtakingly deep canyon walls and beautiful scenery combine with eager trout for a memorable fly fishing experience. Guides and clients alike consider float fishing these waters the ultimate fly fishing adventure. Expect diverse fish habitat in the run from Radium in the Upper Colorado to Two Bridges some 20 miles downstream. If you prefer trying your hand at wade fishing, Minturn Anglers can bring you to the Pumphouse and Gore Canyon stretches of the Colorado where you can enjoy great scenery as well as the challenge of large trout.
There are hundreds of miles of fly fishing waters to explore in the Front Range, and the guides from Minturn Anglers have intimate knowledge of all the best locations for the biggest catches. In addition to trying your hand for massive carp, browns and rainbow in the South Platte River right in downtown Denver, you’ll want to check out other popular waters near Denver, including:
- The many Gold Medal fishing opportunities in separately identified sections of the South Platte, including The Tomahawk, Hartsel, The Dream Stream, Cheesman Canyon/Deckers, Clear Creek, Badger Creek and Bear Creek
- The Blue River, above and below the Dillon Reservoir
- The Eagle River, running from Leadsville to Glenwood where it joins with the Colorado
The Vail Valley itself offers more than 500 miles of outstanding fishing spots, including stretches of the Eagle, Blue and Colorado Rivers. Other destination waters include:
- Roaring Fork River
- Gore Creek
- Homestake Creek
- Cross Creek
- Brush Creek
- Countless high country streams and secluded lakes
Minturn Anglers also has access to a number of private fly fishing venues, including the popular Lazy J Ranch, home of the Vail Rod and Gun Club, other ranches and fishing leases, and exclusive access to the best four mile stretch of water in the Vail Valley. Our guides can bring you to the famed Boxwood and Long Meadow Ranch or to one of the 40 prime fishing locations in the state through its association with the Rocky Mountain Angling Club.
Count on Minturn Anglers to bring you to secluded waters, vibrant fish, and spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery. You will want to return time and again.
Planning Your Colorado Adventure with Minturn Anglers Guides
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 Colorado fly fishing. 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.
Choose the Right Package
Talk to the staff at the Vail and Denver fly shop to discuss your specific requirements, or choose from one of the many Colorado fly fishing trip options offered, such as:
- Float fishing, or combining a float expedition with overnight camping
- Wade fishing, summer or winter, or a hike and fish trip
- A Cast and Taste excursion, combining a day of fly fishing with a riverside 4-Star dinner
- Fly fishing combined with waterfowl hunting or clay shooting
- Winter ice fishing
- Group fly fishing expeditions such as corporate events, weddings, or any other celebration
- A heli or charter air adventure to a more remote location
Start your next fly fishing adventure with a call to Minturn Anglers in Denver or Vail.