The custom fly selection you are about to order will consist of a dozen hand selected flies from the fly bins of Anglers All. These flies will be selected by an Anglers All staff member using the knowledge, research and experience of the collective Anglers All team based on the month you will be fishing the Colorado River or its tributaries. These selections will include nymphs, midges, dry flies and a streamer or two. The dozen you will receive will not guarantee fish caught, but they are the flies we would bring to the river if we were to fish it with you!
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The massive Colorado River drains water from 7 western states on its way to the Gulf of California over a total length of 1,450 miles. Over 40 fish species call its waters home. For our purposes here we are focusing on the water from near its headwaters as it runs through Glenwood Canyon and the trout species that live there. The water contained in this area as well as the tributaries that drain into it offer some of the best sport fishing in all of Colorado. You will find freestone rivers, tail waters, lakes and reservoirs, whitewater and slow meandering sections in these rivers. All of these fisheries provide an angler with amazing fly fishing opportunities during every month of the year.
With the extreme variations of water types the Colorado River drainage sections below are home to the native Colorado River Cutthroat, wild naturally reproducing Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout as well as Mountain Whitefish.
A great day of fishing on the Colorado River can really depend on its flows, cloud cover and being able to match the bug life in the water. Amazing hatches of Stoneflies, Salmonflies and BWOs can erupt without notice and drop off just as quickly. Fishing streamers can be extremely effective on certain days and on certain water as well. Because of the size of this river, it is a favorite to float in a raft or drift boat in nearly every month of the year. Those anglers proficient at swinging soft hackle flies or nymphing deep can also produce a large number of large fish in a days work.
A few of the other rivers in this massive drainage such as the Silverthorne Blue, Frying Pan and the Williams Fork fish as well as any classic tailwater rivers in the state. These waters are open year around and can produce big fish feeding on very small midges and scuds. Go small, and deep and work out the perfect drift, and then hold on!
The public access on these rivers varies depending on the section. Many of these rivers, the Colorado, Blue, Eagle, Roaring Fork, and Frying Pan run along side paved highways. Other stretches such as the Gore Canyon require miles on the feet to find some amazing public water. Of course there are sections that are private. Pay attention to private property signs and be respectful.
The "Upper Colorado" section refers to the water from Windy Gap Reservior downstream to the town of Kremmling.
The "Middle Colorado" section refers to the water from the top of the Gore Canyon to the town of Dotsero.
The "Lower Colorado" section refers to the water flowing through Glenwood Canyon and the river downsteam through the town of Rifle.
The "Upper Blue" section refers to the water from its headwaters on Hoosier Pass downstream through the town of Breckenridge to Dillon Reservior.
The "Silverthorne Blue" section refers to the tailwater below Dillon Reservoir.
The "Lower Blue" section refers to the water below the town of Silverthorne as it flows into Green Mountain Reservior.
The "Eagle River" option refers to the water flowing through Vail and down to its confluence with the Colorado River at the town of Dotsero.
The "Frying Pan" option refers to the entirety of this 42 mile long river, above and below Ruedi Reservior until its confluence with the Roaring Fork.
The "Roaring Fork" option refers to the full length of this famous 70 mile long freestone river. From Aspen to the Colorado River.
The "Crystal River" selection refers to the small tributary running from Marble to Carbondale where it flows into the Roaring Fork.
The "Williams Fork" selection refers to this short tributary both above and below the Williams Fork Reservior until its confluence with the Colorado.
The "Frasier River" option refers to the freestone river that flows north 32 miles from Berthoud Pass to its confluence with the Colorado River near the town of Granby.