Colorado Cast & Blast: Our Guide to the State’s Top Three

Did we mention that our favorite month at Colorado Fly Fishing Reports is September?

Dog and Colorado Blue Grouse
Colorado Blue Grouse Hunting

We love this month because September brings perhaps some of the best fly fishing of the year, plus September 1st marks the opening day of the Colorado hunting season.  Cast and blast has become a quintessential phrase in the outdoor world and we cannot think of a better way to spend a day in the beautiful Colorado outdoors than in pursuit of fin and feathers.  When it comes to cast and blast options the combinations are unlimited but we thought we would give you a few ideas to try this fall:

  1. Northwest Colorado: The Steamboat Valley in particular might be your best bet for pulling off a Colorado bird and trout combo.  For big fish, the Yampa River might be one of the best trout streams in the state.  Fishing is great right in the heart of downtown Steamboat and if you can brave the crowds, the tail water section of the Yampa produces some of the biggest rainbow trout in the entire valley.  Plus, local outfitters and guide services offer visiting anglers a wide array of private water fly fishing opportunities.  The Routt National forest is teaming with Colorado’s best population of blue grouse.  Simply walk an old forest service road in the early morning or late evening and you might be pleasantly surprised to find a covey of grouse.
  2. Roaring Fork Valley: Colorado’s Roaring Fork may be the best freestone stream in the state.  Both wade and float fishing this river is really a lot of fun.  Experienced anglers know that some insect is most always hatching on the Fork or its famed tributary the Frying Pan.  Waterfowl hunting opportunities for ducks and geese are ample in the many state wildlife areas around the Roaring Fork.  Or take a hike into the Maroon Bells and you might be lucky enough to find elusive mountain birds like Blue Grouse or White Tailed Ptarmigan.
  3. Durango: Durango might be a bit of a drive from Colorado’s Front Range but for the outdoors enthusiast the possibilities are endless.  Toss some dry flies in the Uncompahgre River or stalk trophy brown trout in the lower Dolores River.  Or try to match the hatch to finicky trout on the Conejos River.  This is some of the best of least explored fly fishing in the state.  The forests surrounding Durango offer wing shooters lots of public access for pursuing blue grouse or wild turkeys.

Colorado Fly Fishing

Wherever you go be sure to be safe and make sure you are hunting in accordance with The Colorado Division of Wildlife.  Make sure you have a valid hunting and fishing license.  Hunt and fish hard and respect our state’s most precious resource; the great outdoors.

Tight Lines,

Lone Wulff McWade