Buena Vista is known for its fun outdoor community, typically centered around its unparalleled whitewater and endless mountain biking opportunities, but people often look to this area for another amazing activity, fly fishing. The Arkansas River – which flows right through downtown – is a phenomenal haven for trout, with everything from smaller creek brook trout fishing near its headwaters by Leadville to great high quantity and quality brown trout fishing as you move down stream. In addition to the beautiful “Ark,” you can also find serenity in the high alpine lakes of the Collegiate Mountains. In the Collegiate Range you can expect moderate hiking to get to the lakes and hungry Cutthroat Trout eager to eat everything from streamers to stimulators.
Fly fishing in Buena Vista is one of the better kept fly fishing secrets in Colorado. From its beautiful landscapes to the uneducated trout of the Arkansas River, it’s truly hard to beat. Some of the best fishing sections of the area include the Numbers, Clear Creek confluence, and the Big Bend area nearing Salida. For those looking for adventure, check out the Bear Creek drainage near Leadville for a chance at one of the very few remaining pure strain Greenback cutthroat, a true trophy at any size..