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Winter Fly Fishing

Winter fly fishing might be the best kept secret in Colorado, as it’s an amazing time of the year to fly fish for trout. We don’t have crowds on the rivers, and something about the all white snow backdrop makes this one of the most peaceful and serene experiences in all of fly fishing.

Winter Chills and Fishing Thrills on Colorado Waters

Keep yourself bundled up and, luckily, you can be fly fishing all winter long in Colorado waters. The various dam-controlled rivers Colorado’s Denver Front Range and Vail Valley remain ice-free all winter long. These tailwaters are released from dams and come from the bottom of the reservoirs. Water temperatures are consistent, and offer a steady supply of food and nutrients, ideal for hungry, usually trophy sized trout. Popular Tailwater Fisheries near Denver If you live in Read More

Beat the Winter Blahs with a Colorado Fly Fishing Trip

Every year we plan a mid-winter get together for family and friends to help break up the tedium of a long season. While most have not tried it, I know that winter is an amazing time for fly fishing for trout. There are few crowds and the all-white backdrop of snow provides a serene, almost surreal experience and the ideal place for a Colorado winter fly fishing experience. Tailwaters in Colorado’s Denver Front Range and  Vail Read More

Winter When’s – Colorado Fly Fishing During the Snow Season

The old adage “the fish eat when it’s most comfortable for you to be there” holds particularly true for the winter trout fisherman Living around 8000 feet amongst the high foothills of the Gore and Wasatch Ranges, the sun’s low track doesn’t shine long on certain stretches of river, making the days  even shorter. While we avoid the middle of the day during the hot summer months we specifically target the 11- 3 hours during Read More

Safe Practices for Winter Float Fly Fishing

I keep reminding my fly fishing friends that the coming of colder weather here in Colorado is not any reason to cool down their passion for fly fishing. In fact, I find that winter months provide exciting fishing opportunities for those brave enough to deal with the elements. For me, there is nothing more soothing than floating through a serenely silent white landscape, searching for the trophy trout I know are just waiting for me. Read More

Choosing the Best Flies for Colorado Winter Fly Fishing

The lower Colorado River flowing west from Glenwood Springs to the Town of Rifle stays ice-free during winter months, and is one of my favorite winter fly fishing destination. I’ve come to expect large fish in these waters, with rainbow and wild browns often measuring over twenty inches. I believe much of my success depends on the flies I use. Predominate winter hatches on this stretch of water include midges and blue-winged olives. There’s often Read More

Preparing for Colorado Winter Fly Fishing in Denver or Vail Valley

It always brings a smile to my face when I come to my favorite winter fly fishing location on the Eagle River or the Dream Stream segment on the South Platte River and find that I am the first and only one there. There are no other tracks in the snow! I know it’s going to be a perfect day. Of course, I come well prepared. Dressing to keep comfortably warm is always a first consideration. Every year Read More

Add Value to a Colorado Skiing Vacation with a Winter Float Fly Fishing Trip

Escape the long line-ups on the slopes for a day, and experience a once in a lifetime adventure fly fishing from a float boat in the middle of winter. This unique form of fly fishing allows a guide and up to two anglers to fish and experience miles of spectacular river waters all day without having to wade or walk. If you enjoy floating or are just looking for something different, a Colorado winter float Read More

When the Fishing Itch is Too Strong and the Winter Weather is Too Cold

Sometimes it feels like the winter months are interminably long and cold. I’ve gone through all the latest fly fishing magazines, and watching fishing videos on the internet is simply whetting my appetite to be casting on open water again. I think it’s time for me to have a serious talk with the staff at Minturn Anglers in Denver. I’ve been very satisfied with the professional services provided by their fly fishing guides on local Read More

Winter Fly Fishing is One of Colorado’s Best Kept Secrets

Did you know that fishermen and women in Colorado can enjoy fly fishing all four seasons of the year in either Denver area or Vail Valley? They are starting to share the secret. More and more anglers are learning about the joys and challenges of plying their sport right through the winter. Even a heavy snowfall that blocks roads can be an avid fisherman’s blessing because fewer anglers will make the trek to a favorite Read More

Double up Your Vail Winter Vacation

The kids are already getting giddy in anticipation of hitting the slopes at Vail Colorado next month. We have a week booked in Vail Village, and I have planned activities for all of us. Benjamin and Alex are enrolled in one of the area’s excellent novice ski schools, my wife is pleased to have a day to herself to wander the many shops and boutiques in the village, and I … have a full day Read More

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