Fly Fishing The Colorado River
Headwaters of the Colorado River:
The Colorado River has its origins in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. In the park as a small creek, the Colorado meanders through alpine meadows filled with elk, beaver ponds, and brook trout. Although the trout are not monsters, they are plentiful and there is not a lot of angling pressure, making the headwaters a fun place to spend a day fly fishing.
The Upper Colorado River:
As the Colorado River begins to flow through some reservoirs – Shadow Mountain, Granby, and Windy Gap, to name a few – it becomes a larger river. Brook trout are replaced by wild brown and rainbow trout. Diverse and prolific hatches help define the Colorado River from its exit from the Rocky Mountain National Park all the way to the town of Kremmling. There are good public access points along the river, especially around the towns of Hot Sulphur Springs and Parshall. There is also a lot of private fishing access in this area. If you are looking for access to some of this private water, give us a call!!!!
Williams Fork of the Colorado River:
The Williams Fork of the Colorado joins the main river at Parshall. Most famous for the mile and a half tailwater between Williams Fork Reservoir and the confluence, this section of water is full of brown trout and has a few rainbow trout as well. In the fall, the Williams Fork fills with brown trout from the Colorado River, making it quite an experience. This little jewel has the full package for anyone up for a little hike.
Downstream from Kremmling, the Colorado River meets with the Blue River and becomes much larger. One can hike and fish in the legendary Gore Canyon, explore the banks downstream, or float different sections of the river for the next eighty miles. There are lots of big rainbow and brown trout in these sections. Although fly fisherman can experience good dry fly action, nymph fishing and streamers tend to be the most consistent producers. Floating the lower Colorado is an experience! Beautiful scenery, plentiful wildlife, and feisty fish make for very memorable days on the mighty Colorado River!
More Colorado Fly Fishing Waters
11 Mile Canyon
The Colorado River
Front Range Creeks
The Blue River
Other Top Rivers