Of Colorado’s more than 8,000 miles of streams, and 2,000-plus lakes and reservoirs, there are 322 miles of Gold Medal Trout Waters; streams, rivers and lakes designated by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission for the quality of their cold water trout habitat and capability to create trout 14 inches or longer.
Area outfitters agree that the most popular time of year to fish begins after the spring runoff in April and May. June and July mark the beginning of dry-fly season, which lasts through the middle of October. However attractive the long and temperate days of summer or the magnificence of the turning leaves of autumn, it may surprise golfers that winter is the secret fishing season.
Running with brown, cutthroat, rainbow and brook trout, the rivers, streams, ponds and lakes give anglers a shot at a “hat trick” or a “grand slam,” where three or four different species may be caught in one outing. To improve their odds of catching fish, anglers need to consider the value of guides.
“A golfer takes a caddie to read greens, assist in making club selections, look for balls, and provide conversation,” explains John Livingston, Fishing Director at The Roaring Fork Club. “An angler might take a fishing guide to read the water, select the type of rod and fly, look for flies stuck on the bottom or in trees, and be a companion on the water. Caddies and fishing guides are the insiders, and they bring you to beautiful places.”
As rewarding as it is to hole a bunker shot for a birdie, teasing a cutthroat into striking is equally satisfying. No wonder golfers get hooked.
Find an outfitter near you!
Angler’s Covey, Colorado Springs
Aspen Flyfishing, Aspen
Breckenridge Outfitters, Breckenridge
Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, Steamboat Springs
Denver Fly Shop, Denver
Fly Fishing Outfitters, Vail
Frying Pan Anglers, Basalt
Gore Creek Fly Fisherman, Vail & Avon
Grand County Fishing Company, Winter Park
The Mountain Angler LTD., Breckenridge
Minturn Anglers, Minturn
The Peak Fly Shop, Woodland Park & The Broadmoor Resort
Roaring Fork Anglers, Glenwood Springs
The San Juan Angler, Durango
San Miguel Anglers, Telluride
South Fork Anglers, South Fork
Steamboat Flyfisher, Steamboat Springs
Taylor Creek Fly Shop, Basalt
Telluride Outfitters, Telluride
Trout’s Fly Fishing, Denver
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