As mentioned before, Alpine Lakes imply that you are hiking at high elevation. These lakes can be found anywhere from 3,500 feet to 11,00 feet or higher. Most of Colorado’s 2,000 alpine lakes are located between 9,000 and 12,000 feet and are accessible a few miles from the trailheads. So what do you need to carry for your alpine fishing hike? Most of your day hiking essentials will remain the same, but here is a list of tips and recommendations for your adventure.
At FlyCast, it is our mission to help you have the most productive day on the water possible. We’re constantly harping on the role that sky, weather, air pressure, hatch activity and river flow play in having a productive day on the river. While understanding these fundamentals will aid us in understanding where a fish may be holding (runs, pools, riffles, pockets, slack water, etc), what they are likely feeding on or how active they might be, it doesn’t complete the picture. Sure, it will dramatically improve your odds, but physically seeing trout is a different story. We’re not going to butter you up and tell you that sight fishing is easy, nor say that you should pass up fishy water if you can’t spot holding trout, but rather encourage you to take the time to work on your sight fishing skills to improve your odds of landing that dream fish.
Sight fishing will improve your game dramatically. For starters, if you can see the fish, you automatically know you’re not was...
he most efficient way to catch trout is to locate feeding trout. While sighting trout can be tough, practicing and taking time to observe the river before diving in will help train your eyes. Rising trout are obvious targets, but if trout aren’t rising, look for trout suspended in the river or swaying back and forth. These are signs of an actively feeding trout.
The Blue River below the Dillon Dam can be a fickle beast, but is highly regarded for its beefy mysis shrimp eating bows, year-round fishing and its ease of access. While it can be even more challenging this time of year, the winter is one of our favorite seasons to hit the water. In the warmer months, the Troutlets (aptly named for its proximity to the Silverthorne outlets), sees a tremendous amount of angler pressure resulting in ultra picky trout and in some cases a frustrating time on the water. The winter months can be equally frustrating, but if you can manage to weather the cold, you’re bound to have a good time. We’ve found that the Blue is an ideal location for teaching anglers how to properly fish the winter months and we’re excited to announce we will be doing another round of winter fly fishing clinics this year! We booked up fast so stay tuned for more clinics and fish alongs this year. In the meantime, we wanted to give you an update on how the Blue is fishing and talk th...
We will be hosting a 5-hour long, group clinic on the Blue River in Silverthorne on February 22nd. The clinic will start with a run through of the necessary equipment and fly selections needed to be successful during the winter. From there, Danny will perform on-water demonstrations of the tactics he uses to fish cold, clear and shallow water. Once the demonstrations are complete, anglers will have several hours to test what they have learned with oversight from Danny and the FlyCast team.
Generally, if air temps are below 20 degrees, frozen guides are inevitable. Defrosting these guides is tedious and frustrating, but through that frustration, anglers have discovered unique methods for decreasing ice buildup.
Winter is one of our favorite times of the year to fish in Colorado. I know it sounds crazy, but for the dedicated angler it is a time when you will find some solitude and test your skills and patience on the water. Yes, you will more than likely run into some below zero days, frozen guides and lines as well as some picky trout. However, the fishing is far less variable with fairly stable conditions. While you can generally expect cold weather, Colorado does offer some fairly mild days throughout the winter so if you time it right you may find yourself in a very comfortable setting.
Winter fishing can be intimidating so we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to boost your confidence on the water and get you into more trout.
Downsize your tippet: During the winter, the water is generally gin clear, making trout highly suspicious and skittish. Using a lighter tippet can make all the difference when it comes to fooling selective trout. In the early parts of the year, we generally use...
Fishing during the warmest hours of the day will improve your odds of finding active and feeding trout. The next thing you need to do is layer up with heat retaining clothing, pack an element-proof jacket, fishing gloves and something to keep your head warm.
If there is one thing we love almost as much as fly fishing, it is beer! Especially, local craft beer after a long day of chasing trout. Over the years, we've driven the roads to our favorite rivers countless times and on these trips we've had the opportunity try a variety of beers from some incredible breweries across Colorado. Like fly fishing, we enjoy new experiences and sharing them with our friends. So in the spirit of knowledge sharing and for the love of beer, here are our favorite post fly fishing breweries.
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Dream Stream: If you are coming from Denver, there are a couple of different routes you can take to the Dream. However, we prefer the scenic route via highway 285. On this route, you can hit Mad Jacks Breweryin Bailey, Colorado. The beer is great and it couldn't be more accessible.
Deckers/Cheesman: Due north of Deckers, on your way through Evergreen, Colorado, you will find Lariat Lodge Brewing. We are a little biased having grown up in Evergreen, but th...
As we transition from summer to fall, it’s time to start reevaluating our fly selections. As we enter the fall season, most of the summer hatches subside and trout begin to key in on a few specific bugs. It is common to see multiple mayfly hatches, such as red quills and tricos, carry through September, but BWOs will be a key food source for trout through mid-November.