Clear Creek is an excellent place for beginners both because of the number of fish you can catch and how accessible and close it is for everyone to access. Parallel to I-70 from Georgetown to Idaho Springs, Clear creek has over 20 miles of fishable waters containing brown and rainbow trout. There are some brook and cutthroat trout but the majority of fish are browns and rainbows. Due to excessive mining, the insect life suffers causing the fish to get no larger than 15” in most places in this section. Most […]
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The Canyon Section of Clear Creek is a great place to get away for a day trip or even a few hours after work. It’s only 30-40 minutes from the Denver Metro Area and holds a surprising amount of fish for the amount of pressure it receives. During the weekends, the pull offs are pretty full but not all of them are fishing. With over 10 miles of fishable water in the canyon, even on a crowded day you can find water to yourself. This section is higher gradient […]
Clear, beautiful and full of fish, the Cimarron river is a great treasure to get off the beaten trail. With larger more productive rivers like the Gunnison and Taylor and East rivers nearby, the Cimarron gets overlooked by most and provides three forks of opportunity to fish including a small tailwater. Another great option for anglers looking to catch the grand slam of all four trout species, this river holds them all though most will be rainbows and cutthroat.
The lower section by the confluence is good fishing and easy access […]
Possibly one of the most under-rated fisheries in the state, the poudre holds a great variety of rainbows, browns, cutthroat, cutbow and whitefish ranging in sizes 4” to 20”. Most of the fish caught will be in the 10”-14” range and most often be browns and rainbows. That said, it is a mixed bag up here and depending on the sections you fish, you can find some sizeable fish. Over 65 miles of fishable water and more access points than you could fish in month, you will have no problem […]
The canyon section of Boulder Creek is a great place to find solitude for a day fly fishing. There are miles of fishable water and all of it holds eager brown and rainbow trout with the occasional brook trout. There are some brook trout to be found as well but they are few and far between. Dry flies and nymphs work the best on this section and fish are eager to eat a variety of insects most times. Matching the hatch or using a bug seine will help you find […]
Boulder Creek is one of the more enjoyable streams to fish that are close to town. This section in particular flows right through town and has a ton of easy access and hundreds of little brown trout to catch. From Arapahoe all the way up to Eben G Fine Park, you can catch eager trout on dries, nymphs and streamers in every likely spot. These fish, though they see more and more pressure these days, still remain fairly easy to catch. If you learn to watch you backcast, you can […]
The headwaters section of the Blue is often overlooked since the tailwater section of the Blue in Silverthorne is such a powerhouse for big fish. The upper section all the way to the headwaters can hold a variety of Rainbows, Browns and Brook Trout. In the town of Breckenridge, there are some great plunge pools and improved water that makes the fishing decent and gives an opportunity for larger fish.
Lots of runs, riffles, pools and beaver ponds exist in this section and though access is simple from the road, walking […]
The Blue River tailwater is one of the most popular and well known fisheries in the state. Only 1 hour from Denver and right in town next to the Silverthorne Outlet Mall, you can fish, shop, grab a beer and some chipotle all in the same day. Fishable year round, the river is stocked with Rainbows, Cutbows and Browns. Some of the biggest fish in the state are caught here each year since mysis shrimp come out of Dillion Reservoir and help the fish grow fast, pink and strong.
If catching […]
There was an epic flood in 2013 that reduced the fish count by as much as 80% in this section of the river. Road damage and significant altering of the rivers bed an path were a result. In the longer run, this will improve the fishery as it clears sediment and parasites out from the river, however, the river will take time to heal.
That being said, this river still holds over 1500 fish per mile and is a great place to get out for the day and enjoy what Colorado […]
Bear Creek is a small creek that begins up in the Mount Evans Wilderness and makes it’s way through Evergreen, CO, Kittredge, CO, Idledale, CO and Morrison, CO before entering into Bear Ponds and then into the South Platte River down in town near Englewood. As it moves downstream, Kerr Gulch, Cold Spring Gulch and Saw Mill Gulch all add to it’s flow making it a sustainable river to fish from spring to fall.
Bear Creek is very accessible and perfect for day trips or weekend trips where you don’t want […]
The middle section of the Arkansas river goes from Buena Vista downstream to Salida. There is more fishable water here than you could cover in a month. It is one of the healthiest rivers in Colorado in terms of insect life and there is always a variety of hatches going on from spring to fall with great fishing opportunities anywhere you find access. Browns and rainbows are the majority of the fish you will catch and though some are small, most are the perfect size ranging from 12” – 18”. […]
The lower section of the Arkansas river goes from Salida downstream to Pueblo Reservoir. This is easily accessible water and great for beginners wanting to try their hands at fly fishing. It’s often easy to find success here on the Ark and there is always water you can access without too many crowds (except holidays and the mothers day caddis hatch). Famous and prolific hatches begin in the canyon area on this section and work their way up into Buena Vista where it often dies out. Huge BWO and Caddis […]