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The Ultimate Colorado Fly Fishing Road Trip

Before turning on John Denver, jamming out to Rocky Mountain High, and jetting off to your favorite fishing spot close to home, let’s explore the greatest fishing spots across the beautiful state of Colorado.  Here are the hot spots in Colorado where you can find the best catches, so scratch off two weeks this summer and take off on the Ultimate Colorado Fly Fishing Road Trip.

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Start your multi-week fishing excursion in the northwest area of Colorado. Anywhere from rainbow, brown and native cutthroat trout and whitefish swim these waters and it’s deemed one of the best kept secrets by local Colorado fisherman. With easy public access in Meeker City Park, Lake Avery & Sleepy Cat Easement, your catch is close when you venture to Meeker for some fishing.

Glenwood Springs

Located right off of I-70, your next stop is just an hour and a half southeast of Meeker.  Glenwood Springs has two rivers that flow into the town, and with help from the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, you are bound to get some awesome catches going your way.  The Roaring Fork that flows through Glenwood Springs is recognized as “Gold Medal” waters, which is designated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Glenwood Springs also offers Class II rapids for those looking for a relaxing float trip with a bit of excitement and plenty of time to toss a line into the water.

Lake City

You’ll head much further south to get your next destination of Lake City, Colorado.  This stretch will take you about four hours, but with it’s location just east of the Ouray and Telluride area, this is a great destination for a variety of adventurers looking for a multitude of activities and beautiful scenery.  Along with being well known for hunting, boating, mountain climbing, horseback riding, hiking, camping and picnicking, Lake City also holds a reputation for having phenomenal fishing.

Arkansas River

The Arkansas is one of the most well-known rivers in Colorado, and for good reason. Coming in as the 6th longest river in the United States at a whopping 1,469 miles, there are plenty of areas you can fish along this river.  We suggest heading to the Buena Vista area in Colorado due to incredible views and a plethora of brown and rainbow trout.  Plus, Buena Vista is under three hours Northeast of Lake City and the drive is breathtaking.

Georgetown Lake

Fish ranging from wild brown and stocked rainbow trout is what you can expect to see throughout the entire year on Georgetown Lake.  Georgetown regulations bag limit for catching trout is four fish per bag. Possession limit for trout can go up to eight fish. Anglers can hike & also participate in 4-wheeling. No matter what you are looking for, Clear Creek County offers all types of activities for everybody to enjoy.  You’ll be making your way back to the Denver area at this point, and Georgetown is under two hours from Buena Vista.

There it is, folks.  Pack your gear and hit the road this summer to these five awesome fishing pitstops in Colorado.  Wanting an adventure along the Colorado River?  Our guided fishing tours may be perfect for you.  Call today to book!


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