Whether you’re a novice fly fisherman or an expert, fly fishing in Colorado is sure to be a memorable and exciting experience. There are thousands of fishermen that visit the state yearly for the abundant trophy waters found here. That means, you, too, will have no trouble finding your own spot for fly fishing in Colorado. You just have to know where to look!

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Tips to Fly Fishing Colorado

Rivers, streams and lakes are in no short supply in Colorado! The options might be overwhelming, so we’ve made things simple and listed some of the best places for fly fishing in Colorado below, divided by region.

Eastern Colorado

Pueblo Reservoir

Fly fishing Colorado wouldn’t be complete without the Pueblo Reservoir. Located in Lake Pueblo State Park, the reservoir is a highly popular destination for all kinds of fishing, as well as a host of other outdoor activities. Fly fishers will enjoy going after the lake’s rainbow trout while taking advantage of the miles of beach.

Central Colorado


The Mile High City is has more than a diverse, exciting culture and a busy atmosphere – the Denver area is also home to some of the best fly fishing Colorado has! Both the Clear Creek tributary and the Blue River are two of the best spots near the city to fish. Clear Creek is less than 10 miles from downtown Denver. If you don’t mind a longer drive, head to Silverthorne, CO, when you can fish the Blue River. It will take you a little over an hour, but that’s more time to take in Colorado beauty.

South Platte River

South of Denver you’ll find the South Platte River, a painless drive from the city. The best place to reel in trout is the North Fork section of the river, thanks to several trout hatcheries in the area. 

Western Colorado

Arkansas River

Fly-fishers love the Arkansas River and its favorable waters. Popular spots along this lengthy river include the towns of Leadville and Salida. The section of the Arkansas near Salida is ripe with trout: up to 5,000 trout per square mile in the area!

Blue Mesa Reservoir

It would be disappointing if the largest body of water in the state of Colorado wasn’t a great place to go fly fishing, right? Well thankfully, that’s not the case. Huge trout (as well as Kokanee salmon) inhabit the lake’s waters, affording anglers plenty of chances at a great catch.

Animas River

This southwestern river is a popular choice among fly fishers, thanks to its Gold Medal Trout Waters rating and beautiful scenery. The best fishing on the Animas River is near the city of Durango, where you can find seven miles of publicly accessible river.

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