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draik11  
#1 Posted : Monday, January 28, 2019 9:00:33 PM(UTC)
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A friend of mine lives in Denver now and I plan on visiting them and fly fishing when I can. Anyone have any good tips on where to start research?

Questions come to mind like:

Can you fish in the spring or is runoff from melting snow so crazy everything turns into rapids?
Where the hell do you even fish?

Anyway, any tips, advice, or places of research that helped anyone else would be great!
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JGF  
#2 Posted : Monday, January 28, 2019 10:37:22 PM(UTC)
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I've fished Colorado a few times. It can be pretty good but it's very different - particularly access laws. And they're pretty serious about trespassing. We had no issues but there were places you felt like you were being watched. Just be sure you know the laws and where you are.

Fishing can be pretty tough until runoff is over. The first year in southwest/south-central part of the state, we found some streams that were in good shape and others that I think were about 32.1*F and the fishing stunk. Check the tailwaters which probably have less temperature and runoff issues.

Tons of info out there on the web and a number of books. Info is a lot easier to come by than it is in Wisconsin. There are tons of CO fly shops and most have reports you can look at and see what expectations are different times of the year. Colorado's Parks and Wildlife is also a good web source. https://cpw.state.co.us/...stodo/Pages/Fishing.aspx

Our second trip, we fished west of Denver on the Blue, Eagle, Colorado, Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, etc. Listing is pretty much East to West from Denver and did it a little later in the year (the Roaring Fork was still ice cold). All of these have some public access as well as private lands you have to be aware of. Eagle and Frying Pan fished best for us when we were there.
draik11  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:30:58 PM(UTC)
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Thanks JGF! I appreciate the info and the link you provided! ThumpUp
Noctilio  
#4 Posted : Saturday, February 2, 2019 10:54:29 AM(UTC)
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The book titled the flyfishers guide to Colorado is good. However there is no substitute for local knowledge, so I’d stop by a local flyshop. When I lived in Denver, I went to the Denver angler all too often. My best piece of advice is that you don’t have to go to the famous rivers to find good fishing. Small streams on the front range have quality fish and are a super accessible from Denver.
3fe  
#5 Posted : Saturday, February 2, 2019 4:06:20 PM(UTC)
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Badger Fly Fishers spring opener
American Family training center
Madison
Saturday, Feb 9
Pat Dorsey will be the guest speaker. Pat operates Blue Quill Fly shop in Evergreen, Co.
Check Badger Fly Fishers Web site for more info.
AKinMN  
#6 Posted : Saturday, February 2, 2019 4:48:26 PM(UTC)
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Find a buddy in Missoula and go there instead. While CO is great, MT is on a different level.
MN Driftless  
#7 Posted : Thursday, February 7, 2019 12:09:58 PM(UTC)
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Agree with the go to Montana comment....I'd agree even more if it was find a buddy and go to Wyoming RollEyes .
Hoggies  
#8 Posted : Thursday, February 7, 2019 2:35:41 PM(UTC)
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I hear Idaho is underrated.

My local hookup is in oregon, but I can never swing the airfare.
MN Driftless  
#9 Posted : Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:24:48 PM(UTC)
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Idaho is roughly 65% federal land, a wide open bull trout season (unlike Montana), and some tremendous Westslope cutthroat water.

Yes. Underrated and underfished by MT and WY standards. It does attract more west coasters: Oregon, California, Washington because of its proximity.

I just finished plans for August in Wyoming for a week this summer.
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