Colorado Fly Fishing Vacations 2

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Colorado Fly Fishing Vacations 2

The section of the Animas River flowing from Durango to the New Mexico border has been classified as Gold Medal water, easily supporting populations of rainbow and brown trout 14 to 18 inches in length. These monsters are sure to give you a fight. The Animas River runs through Southern Ute Indian Reservations land in the south, and special permits are required to fish this section. Contact the reservation for more information on their requirements. Bends, log jams, boulders and eddies are prime spots to kiss the surface of the water with nymphs or streamers. 6   (Editor Note:  John, Owner of Duranglers Flies and Supplies in Durango favors the Animas River in Durango as one of his favorite spots. Use a  #14 BH Prince Nymph or a #18 Black Copper John.

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The spring (April) before run-off during the classic caddis hatch and fall are the best and most consistent times to fish the Rio Grande Gorge. Streamers work well for lunker cutbows and browns especially for fall browns. For the adventurous angler who likes a chance at catching large, wild trout that have rarely if ever been hooked or even seen a fly, fly fishing the Rio Grande Gorge is just what the doctor ordered. 7

The Cimarron is a small tail water located one hour east of Taos. Eagle Nest Lake, a large reservoir situated in the beautiful Moreno Valley, feeds this beautiful and challenging stream. The Cimarron is home to German Brown trout in abundance and a fair population of Rainbow trout. Fish range 7″ to 20″ in length, averaging 10 to 14 inches. Don’t be fooled by this river’s size; it’s loaded with willing brown trout! 8

The dry fly fishing from mid-May through July can be fabulous. Several varieties of stoneflies, mayflies and caddis hatch, sometimes simultaneously, bringing eager brown trout to the surface, often all day long. August and September brings out the terrestrials and bank-feeding browns. By October browns are running and fall baetis are hatching, providing some excellent low-water fly fishing. 9

The Gunnison River, which eventually feeds into the Blue Mesa Reservoir, teems with trophy-worthy trout. Fly-fishers will have some of the best luck with nymphs. Drop a well-placed cast behind a boulder, or look to eddies and strainers for a good chance to pull out a 16-inch trout. Due to these consistently large fish the river has been give Gold Medal status, so be sure to pack your larger net. Historically, trout have been exceptionally large within the stretch of river between Crystal Creek and its confluence with North Fork. But you?ll have to hoof it in a short ways, as there isn?t a road to this section. Before it reaches the dam, the Gunnison River runs through the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, so even if you leave empty handed, the scenery alone makes the trip well worth it. 10

The Platte River Spider was a huge producer last fall when fished either in tandem with another Platte River Spider or trailed behind the Little CQ Brown Trout. This fly also works well as the lead fly with various Copper Johns, caddis, mayfly nymphs, or midge droppers. This fly works better when stripped, rolled, and wiggled through the water to turn on the cannibalistic nature trout have. 11

Public access to the river is found interspersed between tracts of private land, where fishing is by permission only. Be aware of the areas you traverse when fishing this river and please respect property rights. Some public stretches are also catch and release. Caddis and mayfly-type flies work well in many Taylor River tributaries. The Taylor Reservoir is ideal for fishing from a boat and offers boat ramps for those who prefer to float. 12

(Editor Note:  Guide and owner Tad Howard with a large Taylor River Brown caught in November.  Colorado Trout Hunters

Comments per Tad Howard Owner of ColoradoTroutHunters.com Tad Howard with a November brown trout from the Taylor river below Taylor res. It was caught minutes before a huge snowstorm hit the area. The flows were low and we were fishing deep slow water with indicators. The takes were incredibly soft. Hooked on a #22 black pheasnt tail This fish put up an impressive fight. One of the most beautiful browns I have seen in Colorado. This fish, like all the trout we catch, was returned for future anglers to enjoy.

Comments per Tad Howard Owner of ColoradoTroutHunters.com Tad Howard with a November brown trout from the Taylor river below Taylor res. It was caught minutes before a huge snowstorm hit the area. The flows were low and we were fishing deep slow water with indicators. The takes were incredibly soft. Hooked on a #22 black pheasnt tail This fish put up an impressive fight. One of the most beautiful browns I have seen in Colorado. This fish, like all the trout we catch, was returned for future anglers to enjoy.

The South Platte River between Spinney Mtn. Reservoir and Eleven Mile Reservoir — Colorado’s Dream Stream — is another prime water for big fish. )

A classic Dream Stream double. Colorado Trout Hunter guide Jake Goin, and Tad Howard with 51.5 inches of trout. Jake's fish (the one on the left) was a 26.5 inch brute that swam over and inhaled an egg pattern. Tad's fish (one on the right) taped at 25 inches and was taken on a midge. The fish were in deep slow water. As Jake battled his, I (Tad) spotted the second biggun' and the next thing I knew we were doubled up. This is a picture I (Tad) will have in my head every time I fish the Dream Stream.

A classic Dream Stream double. Colorado Trout Hunter guide Jake Goin, and Tad Howard with 51.5 inches of trout. Jake’s fish (the one on the left) was a 26.5 inch brute that swam over and inhaled an egg pattern. Tad’s fish (one on the right) taped at 25 inches and was taken on a midge. The fish were in deep slow water. As Jake battled his, I (Tad) spotted the second biggun’ and the next thing I knew we were doubled up. This is a picture I (Tad) will have in my head every time I fish the Dream Stream.

 

There are several ponds and lakes nearby as well. Some lakes have an abundance of fresh water shrimp which the large Cutthroats gorge on. These are the places for float tube fly fishing at its best! 13

Located just off the Flat Tops Trail Scenic and Historic Byway, Trappers Lake is a piece of easily accessible wilderness, where pines ring the lake in thick swaths of deep greens. Gnats and the occasional mosquito are the food of choice for the lake’s cutthroat trout. The lake itself is Colorado’s second largest natural lake, providing plenty of room for fish to roam. Non-motorized floats are the way to fish this serene body of water. Because many of the insects emerge during dusk, try casting a gnat-shaped fly when the late-day sun touches the area in gold. 14