Just when you thought fly-fishing couldn’t get any more complicated, you found out about night fly-fishing. For the most part, any place you would fish during the day, you could also fish at night. However, wading or floating any river at night poses more dangers and challenges for even the experienced angler. One tip we would like to mention is that you should only fish areas that you have familiarized yourself with during the day. Never fish an area at night that you have not experienced before, as the likely hood of you finding yourself in an unpredictable situation is much higher when you are unaware of your surroundings.
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Chances are, if you’re visiting Colorado, you are flying into Denver International Airport. If this is the case, then the closest place for you to settle into for your trip and still find plenty of night fly-fishing is Idaho Springs. Idaho Springs is also only 40mins from downtown Denver. Clear Creek river is just off Highway 70, running through the entire town of Idaho Springs, which means a short commute and plenty of maintained trails. Mill Creek, Silver Creek, Georgetown Lake, and Echo Lake are within 20mins from town. All of which offer great night fly-fishing opportunities. If you’re not fishing during the day, try ziplining or via ferrata for the family.
For those of you who don’t mind, or aren’t interested in, the commute from Denver to Kremmling Colorado offers a plethora of night fishing opportunities. Kremmling is about 2hrs from downtown Denver, but this town has plenty to offer on its own. The Colorado River sits only 5mins from town, and guided trips with experienced anglers are easy to find. The Wolford Mountain Reservoir and Green Mountain Reservoir offer overnight parking and camping, both within a 30mins commute.
If you prefer fishing standing bodies of water, Leadville offers easy access to Turquoise Lake during the day. Twin Lakes, Dillon Reservoir, and Clear Creek Reservoir are other close options for fishing at night. Leadville also has its own regional airport and access to the Arkansas River. You can see the highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains (Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive) from downtown Leadville and its scenic byway.
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Wherever you decide to have a crack at night fly-fishing, make sure you are well prepared. While there are no state-level regulations on fishing at night, local authorities may restrict access to specific waters after a certain time. You should always carry a headlamp while pointing it into rivers or streams is likely to spook even fish who are more aggressive at night. A fishing line that glows is a good way to see where your flies are landing, without tipping off the fish. Also, when becoming familiar with the area you plan to fish at night, pick locations where you can cast without worrying about getting snagged in trees or brush. Lastly, prepare yourself for encounters with snakes and other dangerous creatures that lurk at night. As a final tip for success on the water at night, we recommend mouse flies for the bigger fish that usually tuck away during the day.