Colorado Fly Fishing Books

Books for Fly Fishing Colorado’s Streams and Lakes

While a DVD can show a lot of knowledge on how to fly fish in Colorado, there is nothing like a good book on Colorado Fly Fishing. Books have a good solid feel to them and last a very long time. Choose one of our hand selected Fly Fishing Colorado books to get a great start on fishing in Colorado.

Colorado Fishing Books — guides to Fly Fishing in Colorado from Barnes&Noble

Fly Fishers Guide to ColoradoFlyfisher’s Guide to Colorado
by Marty Bartholomew and A.K. Best  2002 588 pages paperback  Usually Ships within 24 hours

Reviews:
A Must Have for Fly-Fishing in Colorado
Marty Bartholomew has not only proven himself as pro for Ross Reels and Scott Rods, an elite fly tyer, and one of the classiest individuals in the fly fishing industry, but he has now proven that he can write the most informative book available on fly fishing in Colorado.

As a former fly fishing instructor, I often referred to this book as “The Bible on Fly Fishing in Colorado.” Bartholomew attacks every aspect of the waters covered in this book from where to fish it, what to use, how to get there, when hatches are taking place, and even where to park. The Flyfisher’s Guide to Colorado essentially takes the reader on a guided trip to the water he or she desires. This book is certainly a must have.

Excellent, comprehensive review of Colorado fly fishing
I met Marty at a fishing show in Denver this winter. He was much too modest about this book. I bought it at Pat Dorsey and Joel Hubscher’s recommendation – it is first-rate, thanks for the referral.

Recommended by Bill Louthan, owner of Alpine Angler Aurora, as the best fly fishing guide to Colorado.

 

fly fishing tailwaters- tactics and patterns for year round waters by pat dorsey

Fly Fishing Tailwaters : Tactics and Patterns for Year-Round Waters
by Pat Dorsey, Jerry Hubka, Patty Dorsey


Tailwaters provide extraordinary year-round fishing, but you have to know how to fish them. The author covers how tailwaters work—how cold waters released from a dam affect the water, the aquatic life, and the fish. This book has it all: the hatches, the best imitation flies to use in every circumstance, nymphing and dry-fly tactics, all illustrated with drawings by artist Dave Hall and more than 200 color photographs.

Biography

Pat Dorsey is a fly-fishing guide on the South Platte and other world-class tailwaters. He is author of A Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River (978-0-8710-8951-9), is co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado, and is the Southwest field editor for Fly Fisherman magazine. He lives in Colorado

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Tying And Fishing Tailwater Flies
by Pat Dorsey

Biography

Pat Dorsey is a fly-fishing guide on the South Platte and other world-class tailwaters. He is author of A Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River (978-0-8710-8951-9), is co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado, and is the Southwest field editor for Fly Fisherman magazine. He lives in Colorado

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100 best flies for colorado trout

100 Best Flies for Colorado Trout (Paperback)
by Thomas R. Pero, Ted Fauceglia

Outlining the dozens of traditional and innovative trout flies specifically designed for Colorado’s lakes and rivers, this guidebook features superb photographs and accessible instructions, making it an ideal companion for any fly-fishing enthusiast. With authentic advice from six notable fly designers and knowledgeable anglers, this authoritative resource covers all types of bait—from dry flies, nymphs, and streamers to midges, terrestrials, scuds, and sow bugs.

Biography

Thomas R. Pero is an avid fly fisherman and a former award-winning editor of Trout magazine. He served as founding editor of Fish & Fly and Wild Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon. He lives in Mill Creek, Washington. Ted Fauceglia is a freelance photographer and writer. His work has been featured in American Angler, Field & Stream, and Montana Outdoors. He lives in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania.

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trout lessons - freewheeling tactics and alternative techniques for difficult days by ed engle

Trout Lessons : Freewheeling Tactics and Alternative Techniques for the Difficult Days (Hardcover)
by Ed Engle

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Fishing Small Flies (Hardcover)
by Ed Engle

Most small-fly books concentrate on the fly patterns, but presentation and tactics are just as important as the pattern itself. Small-fly fishers must carefully observe the trout and constantly adjust their techniques as they go. Ed Engle covers the difficulty of detecting strikes and how to best play trout caught on small flies and gives advice on the aquatic insect orders and how to fish the hatches, depending on the water and the stage of the hatch. Covered too are special considerations for rods and reels for small-fly fishing and tactics for light tippets. Engle describes fishing specific waters, including tailwaters, freestone rivers, and spring creeks.

Author Biography: Ed Engle is the author of Tying Small Flies (0811700828), Splitting Cane (0811700089), Fly Fishing the Tailwaters (0811723437), and Seasonal: A Life Outside (0871087804). He lives in Colorado, where he guides and instructs fly fishers on the South Platte River.

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sight fishing for trout by landon mayer

Sight Fishing for Trout (Hardcover)
by Landon Mayer

This inspirational handbook demonstrates time-tested approaches to catching elusive, giant “trophy” trout. Focusing on strategy and technique, this beautifully illustrated guide for both beginning and advanced fly fishermen explains the best methods to employ when fishing for large trout. Tips on locating giant trout, understanding the behavior of the species, and fooling the fish into biting are included.

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how to catch the biggest trout of your life by landon mayer

How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life (Hardcover)
by Landon Mayer, Photographer Ted Fauceglia

This is a good book for learning how to spot big trout, why you should be moving to spot the big ones, the flies to use to catch them and the techniques to get at the right depth. Great photos too.

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modern midges - tying and fishing the worlds most effective patterns

Modern Midges: Tying and Fishing the World’s Most Effective Patterns (Hardcover)
by Rick Takahashi, Illustrator Jerry Hubka


Midges may be small, but in many streams and lakes around the world they are the most important year-round food source for trout. Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka team up to provide readers with the most comprehensive midge pattern and fishing techniques resource to date. Stunning photos and detailed illustrations show the life cycle of the naturals, fishing and rigging techniques for a wide range of waters, and over 1,000 midge patterns. Whether you tie or buy your flies, this collection of cutting-edge advice from experts around the world will help you catch more fish.

Biography

Rick Takahashi is a frequent contributor to Fly Fisherman magazine and designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. Rick lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. Jerry Hubka is a commercial artist and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Fly Fishing Colorado 2nd Edition
by Jackson Streit   104 pages — paperback

Drawing on his past 27 years of experience and expertise fly fishing Colorado waters, Jackson Streit’s No Nonsense Guide To Fly Fishing In Colorado offers the aspiring angler a quick, clear, informative body of information to successfully fly fish Colorado’s best streams, rivers, and lakes.

The “reader friendly” text is enhanced with detailed, hand- drawn maps and annotations. From the Colorado River, The Gunnison, and the Platte, to Spinney Reservoir and Trappers Lake, every Colorado bound angler should begin planning his fishing trip with a thorough reading of Jackson Streit’s No Nonsense Guide To Fly Fishing In Colorado.

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fly fishing rocky mountain national park

Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park
by Todd Hosman Park guide for 14 years.  Revised in 2003 to contain more places and Park information  117 pages

Reviewed

— Author Todd Hosman’s comments — This first edition of Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park first appeared in 1996 and is out of print. A new, revised and expanded edition of Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park was released in May 2003 and is available now. It contains more than 100 destinations — virtually every reasonably accessible place for fly fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park. Many thanks to readers for your continuing support of the new Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park.
Rocky Mountain News writer Ed Dentry published an article in the July 22, 2005 RM News about fishing in the Park with Todd Hosman.  Ed’s comments indicated Todd definitely knew his way around the Park and fly fishing there.

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fly fishing colorados front range

Fly Fishing Colorado’s Front Range: An Angler’s Guide (Paperback)
by Todd Hosman — Rod Walinchus (Illustrator)  New Expanded Edition Available March 26, 2005
Reviews:
From the Author of “Fly Fishing the South Platte River”
If you can’t find a dozen things in this book you really want to know — then I’m looking forward to YOUR next book! I learned what the top ten Front Range caddisflies are (I didn’t know there were ten); ditto for mayflies. I found a half-dozen new fly patterns I’m anxious to try and two dozen new creeks to fish. I’ll never again schedule a business trip to Fort Collins without taking a fly rod and this book. If you’ve figured out which end of the fly pole to grab, you probably need a copy too!

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Colorado Greenback Cutthroat Trout – A Fisherman’s Guide (Paperback)
by Jim Rubingh
Book Description

Once thought to be extinct, Colorado’s famed greenback cutthroat trout is in the process of making a remarkable comeback. There are now over 50 waters along the Colorado Front Range where fishermen can experience the thrill of catching this beautiful fish. Colorado Greenback Cutthroat Trout: A Fisherman’s Guide will tell you about the biology, history, and the amazing recovery of the greenback, along with information on where and how to catch this unique and colorful fish. The survival of the greenback cutthroat now hinges on the combined efforts of state and federal agencies, wildlife organizations, and the volunteer work of numerous fishermen and citizens. This book is dedicated to those individuals and organizations, and to the premise that wild native trout such as the greenback are more than worth all of our conservation efforts.

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kip careys official colorado fishing guide

Kip Carey’s Official Colorado Fishing Guide (Paperback)
by Kip Carey
Book Description
The book known by many as the “Fisherman?s Bible”. Kip Carey’s Official Colorado Fishing Guide, has been revised and improved for 2003.
Besides the new picture of the cutthroat from Rocky Mountain National Park on the cover, changes have been made inside the book as well, additional waters from around the state have been added.

Updated information on the impact of the drought and fires of 2002, fish species listings have been revised for the entire state of Colorado; trailhead names, trail numbers, road names, and road numbers have been extensively updated; new, concise and more detailed maps have been included; and the last major improvement is an enhanced and expanded index.

Kip Carey’s Official Colorado Fishing Guide continues to be the most complete and comprehensive angling guide for Colorado available with descriptions for over 3,000 reservoirs, lakes, ponds, creeks, and rivers. In other words, the whole state of Colorado is contained in this handy guide.

About the Author:
Tim Kelley’s vision was to chronicle in detail all of the fishing waters in Colorado. The resulting guides have been a valuable resource to countless fishermen over the past 46 years. My name is Kip Carey and I’ve been fishing Colorado for over 38 years and it now my pleasure to to present the 2001-2002 edition of this outstanding book.

This will be the 19th edition of the classic Tim Kelley’s Colorado Fishing Guide. In 1999 I was able to obtain the rights to this great resource. It is my goal to to reintroduce this publication to fishermen everywhere so that they may enjoy fishing Colorado as much as I do. Kip Carey–This text refers to the Paperback edition

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Fly Fishing Southern Colorado: An Angler’s Guide (Paperback)
by Craig Martin, Tom Knopick, John Flick
184 pages  Dec 1996

Reviews:
— A good overall reference to Colorado Fly Fishing
I ordered this book in planning a fly fishing trip to Colorado. I’m still haven’t yet decided where to go but this book provides the information to make a decision. The is plenty of detail on what to expect, how to get there, what fish are in that area, how to fish for them and particularly what equipment (rod lengths and weight, leader length, tippet size etc) is needed. This was money well spent.

— An Essential Guide to Exploring Southern Colorado Fishing
If you are thinking about a fly fishing trip, but you are not sure where to go… consider picking up this in excellent guide book. Southern Colorado is a spectacular place to visit and fish and a wonderful alternative to the crowds of Montana and Wyoming, but there is lots of water and places to go. The best way to optimize your visit is to let Fly Fishing Southern Colorado : An Angler’s Guide show the best places to go. Excellent, informative text complement the maps and directions and clearly outline where to go, what to bring, what to expect, and the best time to do it. As a native of southern Colorado, I still find myself turning to Fly Fishing Southern Colorado : An Angler’s Guide for ideas on where to go for the afternoon, day, or the occasional week-long fishing trip. I think this is an indispensable book that has been missing for too long.

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fishing colorado an anglers complete guide to more than 125 top fishing spots

Fishing Colorado: An Angler’s Complete Guide to More Than 125 Top Fishing Spots (Paperback)
by Ron Baird  Usually ships within 24 hours

Author Ron Baird is a professional writer and avid angler.  Fishing Colorado is the latest addition to the Falcon Fishing series tackles the great angling state of Colorado. Features the best fishing locations, with maps and detailed directions, information on the best times of year and the different game fish available at each location, tackle recommendations, advice on camping, notes on special regulations, and much more. An indispensable guide both for Colorado residents and visiting anglers.

Customers who bought this item also bought:
“Flyfisher’s Guide to Colorado”, “Kip Carey’s Official Colorado Fishing Guide” and “Colorado’s Lakes and Reservoirs”

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Colorado’s Best Fishing Waters : 213 Detailed Maps of 73 of the Best Rivers, Lakes, and Streams (Paperback)
by Will Jordan – Wilderness Adventures Press, Inc.  Usually ships within 24 hours.

Better together with Marty Bartholomew’s Flyfisher’s Guide to Colorado.

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Colorado Fishing Books — Specific Rivers and Lakes for Fly Fishing in Colorado

complete guide to roaring fork valley

The Complete Angling Guide to the Roaring Fork Valley (Paperback)
By Michael Shook  66 Pages  Usually ships within 3 to 5 weeks


Book Description

The Complete Angling Guide to the Roaring Fork Valley is a pocket-sized fly fishing guidebook for the areas best waters; including the Roaring Fork River, the Fryingpan River, the Colorado River, the Crystal River and more…

It gives information on the what to use, how to get there, public access, boat launch and take-outs, details maps for each body of water, and much more.

From the Publisher
If you are planning a fly fishing trip to the Roaring Fork Valley, this book is a must read. It will give you all of the necessary information needed to reach your peak fly fishing experience in this areas incredible waters. With all of the private property in this valley, the detailed maps with public access points will prove to be invaluable.

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The Complete FlyFishing Guide for the Eagle Valley Area (Colorado) (Paperback)
by Michael D. Shook  76 pages

Book Description
The Complete Angling Guide for the Eagle Valley Area (Colorado) is a pocket-sized fly fishing guidebook for the areas best waters; including the Eagle River, Gore Creek, The Colorado River and more. It gives detailed hatch information, patterns and equipment to use, directions on how to get there and public access, boat launch and take-outs, detailed maps for each body of water, and much more.

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Fly Fishing the Colorado River: An Angler’s Guide (Paperback)
by Al Marlowe  164 pages

From its banks and amidst its currents, the Colorado River offers anglers some of the best fly fishing in Colorado. Each chapter is this guide to the mighty waterway covers a section of the river, detailing access points, seasons and hatches, recommended equipment, and suggested fly patterns. The book also describes the Colorado’s distinct geography, the abundant fish species that populate its waters, and fishing opportunities in its tributaries and neighboring rivers, including the Blue River, Rock Creek, Fraser River, Eagle River, the Roaring Fork, and the Frying Pan. Maps, photographs, and fly-tying recipes round out the information offered here, making Fly Fishing the Colorado River, a must-have reference for the Colorado angler.

Author Bio: Al Marlowe is a Colorado writer and sportsman. He is a contributing writer to Colorado Outdoors, Rocky Mountain Game and Fish, and other magazines and is the author of A Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.

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Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs
by Jack Olofson
by Outdoor Books and Maps Inc  160 pages

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Guide to Colorado State Wildlife Areas (Paperback)
by Dennis McKinney  351 Pages
Average Review 4 1/2 stars

Reviews:

wildlife guide welcome addition to sportsman library
Dennis McKinney’s “Gude to Colorado State Wildlife Areas” is a terrific resource for those who hunt, fish, and otherwise enjoy Colorado Wildlife areas. It is the first compendium that I am aware of which lists all of the wildlife areas and provides good directions to them. Some of these areas have been difficult to locate before this book came out, so it’s worth the money if that was all it did.   There’s much more than directions The “Guide” provides a synopsis of the kind of terrain and cover found in each wildlife area, and which kinds of activities are allowed, or desired. It also lists the size of the areas and other public areas nearby. It’s also nicely illustrated…many of the photos are quite lovely.

—  I gave the binding of this book a good workout the first day I received it. Dennis McKinney gives a wealth of information on Colorado’s SWAs. I moved from the Upper Penninsula of Michigan to Colorado Springs and was wondering where I could hunt deer, elk, waterfowl, and small game (This book is going to have me doing more fishing too). This book gave me exactly what I needed. It provides sizes, locations and directions, type, quality of fishing and hunting, and regulations of all State Wildlife Areas. He even provides useful tips like maybe needing a 4WD vehicle to access certain areas. If you want to hunt and/or fish in Colorado and are wondering where to go, start with this book. Contains many nice color photos as well.

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