Fly fishing in Colorado
Rivers, Lakes, And Paradise

Colorful Brown Trout



Before you go know the Regulations!

Fly fishing in Colorado is some of the best in the world. While flyfishing here you will find a diverse range of opportunities including everything from huge tailwater trout to reservoir pike.

You may find yourself hunting for that trophy of a lifetime or you may be catching cutthroats all day on a lake or stream in complete backcountry solitude.

There is so much water for flyfishing in Colorado that it is impossible to list every fishing hole but check frequently for updates as we explore more opportunities around the state.

This is a year round flyfishing state where the fishing season never seems to end. It merely slows down as the days grow shorter and colder. This guide to fly fishing in Colorado is broken down for your convenience.

Choose the link to the type of water you want to fish and follow the seasonal hatch charts and fly suggestions to get on the right track for your planned destination.

Popular Rivers-These are the popular rivers and for good reason. They are productive fisheries that hold some of the largest trout in the state. Some of these rivers are legendary and they deserve every bit of the fame. The Frying Pan River, Taylor River, Colorado River, and many more will be found on this page.

Less Popular but Still Great Rivers-These are the lesser known waters that are as productive as the major destinations. Believe us, they are worth your time. You may have heard of a few of these but they are not published as frequently as the big rivers.

Backcountry Streams-The backcountry is full of secret trout streams. Here are a few areas to get you started. Colorado offers an abundance of backcountry streams waiting to be fished. Many will never see a fly in an entire summer. Let the exploration begin!


Colorado also has world class stillwaters to explore. Many of these are often overlooked because they are located near an abundance of streams.

Popular Stillwaters-This is a great intro to the great Stillwaters Colorado has to offer. You will find monster fish in some of these waters and they come in a variety of species.

More Stillwaters-This page includes a few bonus stillwaters to advance you vacation plans. There are so many we could not fit them all on one page.

Backcountry Lakes-The Colorado backcountry is dotted with lakes. Some are barren and others hold big surprises. Use this page to get you started in your search for backcountry gems. If you are willing to burn some boot leather this page is for you.

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The first time I fished the Taylor I went to the legendary hog trough. I had not done any research about hatches and only had 2 hours to fish. When I arrived …

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