FLY FISHING THE COLORADO RIVER
The Colorado River humbly begins in Rocky Mountain National Park. During its trek west, the Colorado forms one of the major waterways west of the Continental Divide until it reaches the Gulf of California and is a great place to take fly fishing lessons. At Cutthroat Anglers, we focus our attention on Colorado River fly fishing from below Hot Sulphur Springs west to Glenwood Springs.
The Upper Colorado
Locally referred to as the Upper C., the stretch between Byers Canyon and Kremmling offers exceptional walk-and-wade access great for fly fishing lessons. The Upper C. flows through exceptional ranchland and is lined with cottonwoods and willows. Many popular public access points for Colorado River fly fishing include Paul Gilbert, Breeze Unit, and Sunset Ranch. The Williams Fork River joins the Colorado at the town of Parshall. This adds cold, clear water to the Colorado, which attracts large populations of trout and large crowds.
Fly Fishing the Gore Canyon
As you follow downstream, the river flows through Gore Canyon west of Kremmling. Gore Canyon boasts extreme rapids and attracts many world-class kayakers each season. This section is for professional use only and should be avoided for fly fishing lessons. The Blue River dumps into the Colorado towards the middle of the canyon, which filters additional cold, clear water into the mix. Colorado River fly fishing access is available at the end of the canyon at the Pumphouse Recreation access. The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad parallels the river through the middle stretch. Riparian vegetation includes cottonwoods and willows, and is interspersed with sagebrush, pinyon-juniper, and a variety of other mountain brush depending on the elevation. Archaeologists recently uncovered evidence that the Colorado River, near State Bridge, was home to humans over 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. The Ute Indians occupied the area until the late 1800’s until the railroad began to extend west past the Front Range. Colorado River fly fishing is only for the professionals but is a beautifully scenic and historic area.
Floating the Colorado
Floating the Colorado is the most effective option for anglers looking for great Colorado river fly fishing between Pumphouse and Dotsero. There is over 60 miles of river to float below Pumphouse making for a great spot to experience fly fishing lessons. Combine that with almost a dozen boat ramps, and you have an unbelievable river to float. This is perfect dry-dropper water throughout the summer, and boasts banner streamer fishing in the fall. This float is an exercise in contrast. Anglers pass through ranchlands and slow moving water to canyons and white water. Bring your camera.