Colorado Fly Fishing Vacations 1

Colorado Fly Fishing Vacations 1

Upper Tarryall Creek offers outstanding small stream fly fishing near Colorado Springs. Located only 45 minutes from Colorado Springs, this unique South Park property contains five miles of Upper Tarryall Creek, and one mile of Michigan Creek. This is ideal “hopper dropper” water with plenty of brown trout ready to devour your dry fly or nymph. The river meanders through sagebrush meadows on its way to Tarryall Reservoir located just downstream of the property. Mostly a brown trout fishery with a few rainbows present, fish average 8-10 inches with an occasional 14 incher being caught. Under the right conditions, 70-100 fish days can be achieved for anglers able to make long casts and successfully stalk these spooky brown trout. The rewards are exciting as browns will explode out from undercut banks to attack terrestrials fished on the surface. [Editor Note:  Don’t forget to try the Tarryall Creek below the Reservoir too.  There can be some outstanding nymph fishing for rainbows and the occasional brown.  Average size is 10 to 12 inches.  Occasional 14 incher.  See Also Tarryall River Below Tarryall Reservor Jun 2006

Harmel’s Ranch Resort trophy fishery is known as “Rainbow Heaven”. Fed by high mountain lakes, (Taylor and Spring Creek Reservoirs), Harmel’s Gold Medal waters are at the confluence of Spring Creek, Beaver Creek, and the famous Taylor River. Just downstream from Harmel’s Ranch Resort the Taylor meets the East River to form the Gunnison River and Blue Mesa Reservoir, the largest lake in Colorado. Let Harmel’s Colorado fly fishing guides teach you the ins and outs of trout fishing. 2  [Editor Note:  I have stayed at Harmel’s Ranch Resort some years ago.  Lovely clean cabins. Walking distance to river.  Good Fishing especially for rainbows.]

The area below the Dillon reservoir eventually flows into Silverthorne, home to the Silverthorne Outlet Stores. Here you can find some of the largest trout in the state, making this area of the Blue River one of the most popular destinations for a fly-fishing Colorado vacation. Silverthorne is also home to Cutthroat Anglers, a popular Colorado fly-fishing store situated in the lovely Silverthorne Pavilion, which is located along the banks of the Blue River. Cutthroat Anglers also offers expert guides for fly-fishing in Colorado. The fishing in this area of Silverthorne happens under the Pavilion Bridge, which is also a popular site for Colorado wedding receptions. If you plan to stay in this area, you can spend your evenings enjoying the theatrical productions at the Backstage Theatre or the free outdoor concerts at the Dillon Amphitheatre. 3


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If you wish to take a fly fishing Colorado vacation near Aspen, you will probably be fishing along the Roaring Fork River. The Roaring Fork River begins in the snowfields and lakes of one of Colorado’s highest mountain ranges. Then, as it tumbles to the northwest, it joins the Colorado River on its way to the Pacific Ocean. This rapid descent makes it one of the steepest rivers in Colorado. When it reaches the river valley, it soaks up the fertility of the land and the sun. It thus becomes one of the state’s finest freestone rivers, which provide excellent Colorado fly-fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout.

In the upper reaches of the Roaring Fork River, you will find a lovely mountain stream filled with small brook trout in the headwater tributaries and a healthy population of rainbow and brown trout in the main stem. The stretch between McFarlane Creek downstream through Aspen to the Upper Woody Creek Bridge was the first designated wild-trout water in Colorado. 5   (Editor: The guides in the Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt are knowable about the Roaring Fork and the Frying Pan rivers.  If you like fishing for “Hog” rainbows, try the toilet bowl below Rudi Reservoir.  Mysis Shrimp patterns will produce well. These are educated, spooky trout so stalk them as such.)