Fly fishing the front range in Colorado.
Colorado Front Range
Trout Fishing Waters
Fly Fishing Bear Creek
More Colorado fly fishing
Bear Creek is a small tributary to the South Platte River, and a classic Colorado small
stream.  Public access to the headwaters in Mt. Evans State Wildlife area gives anglers a
chance to catch wild brook trout in a truly beautiful setting.  The fly fisherman willing to hike
will be most successful here.  Around the town of Evergreen Colorado, much of Bear Creek
is private.  The tailwater below Evergreen Lake offers anglers the chance to catch brown
trout and the occasional rainbow trout fairly close to Denver.  These fish are nice because of
their willingness to take artificial flies, especially dry flies.  Although these trout are usually
small, what better way to spend an afternoon just outside Denver?  A series of Colorado
open space parks gives anglers good public fly fishing access.  Please practice
catch-and-release on these trout so that other fly fishermen can enjoy them.
Clear Creek fly fishing in Colorado near Denver.
Clear Creek Fly Fishing Near Denver
Colorado's Clear Creek is an often over-looked fishery that lots of people just drive by
along I 70 on their way to the mountains from Denver.  Clear Creek offers fly fisherman
the chance to catch brook trout and cutthroats in its headwaters.  There are lots of
small brown trout and an occasional rainbow trout are always a bonus.  Be careful
getting around in Clear Creek -  the banks are more conducive to mountain goats than
fly fisherman.  Dry-dropper rigs are standard, but nymphs and small streamers can
also be effective.  We always try to leave this creek better than we find it.   Clear
Creek's proximity to I 70 makes it a littering haven.  Please pick up a bottle or two on
your way out.  It really does make a difference!!
Greenback cutthroat trout fly fishing on a small creek on Colorado's front range.
Fly Fishing The Big Thompson Near
Estes Park, Colorado
The Big Thompson River has its origins in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Beautiful
greenback cutthroat and brook trout call the Big Thompson home.  Fly fisherman can
catch these feisty little devils on a variety of small dry flies and nymphs.  The scenery
in the park is truly worth the trip.  Most anglers fish the Big Thompson below Estes
Park.  Below Lake Estes there is a tailwater that many brown trout and rainbows call
home.  Where else in Colorado do you have to literally watch out for elk on your
back-cast?  Although there are lots of trout here, they can be temperamental.  Try
small midge patterns when nothing seems to be working.  Arguably the most scenic
stream on the front range.  Be sure to check out The Big Thompson when you are fly
fishing in Colotado!!
Fly fishing near Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs on Colorado's front range.
The St. Vrain Colorado small stream Fly Fishing
This front range creek is not as well known as some.  From its headwaters through
Lyons, it is a very viable trout fishery, although the trout densities are not as high as in
some other rivers there are still plenty of fish.  The good news is that there is not a lot
of fly fishing pressure making the St. Vrain a good place to beat the crowds and do a
little exploring for unpressured Colorado trout.  
Brown trout fly fishing on the Arkansas River in Colorado.
The Arkansas River classic
Colorado trout fishing
The Arkansas River is most famous for its legendary Mothers' Day Caddis Hatch.  
During the "hatch" bugs emerge in numbers impossible to describe.  Caddis flies will
be in your shirt, mouth, and hair in such numbers it can be hard to catch fish because
there are so many natural bugs on the water.  The fly fishing The Arkansas RIver
during the hatch brings anglers from far and wide.  Hungry trout gorge, often with
reckless abandon, making it a fly fishing trip to remember.  There are also very good
BWO, midge, and stonefly hatches on the Arkansas River.  Fly Fishing the
headwaters of the Arkansas River near Leadville offer great small stream action, in
the most-often-thought-of parts of the river around Salida, anglers find a classic
western freestone river.  The large tailwater below Pueblo reservoir offers good
fishing straight through the winter.  The Arkansas River offers something for everyone
making it a great Colorado fly fishing destination to try out.