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.
Rob Herrmann, a Colorado based photographer and fly fishing addict, caught our eye several months ago with his incredible fly fishing photography. We were so impressed with his skills (fly fishing and photography), we knew we had to get him on our FlyCast Ambassador team and pick his brain about photography.
As temperatures rise throughout the spring, the snowpack will begin to melt and create runoff. In general, Colorado experiences peak runoff from the middle of May through most of June. With that said, a warm spring could encourage an early and more gradual runoff period before peak runoff hits mid-May.
The Arkansas River below Pueblo Reservoir is a tailwater that flows through Pueblo. The city of Pueblo has made significant river improvements over the last several years, making this stretch of the Arkansas a productive and highly sought after fly fishing destination, especially in the winter.
Most anglers have a love hate relationship with winter fly fishing, while others avoid it completely! Yes, it’s usually cold and frozen fingers, guides and line are a common occurrence. However, we are here to tell you why winter is one of our favorite seasons to fly fish and give you 8 simple tips to ensure you have a fun and productive day on the river.
As the fall season comes to an end, the temperature starts to drop and so do river flows and fair weather anglers. This provides for more serenity on the river. However, the fishing will become more technical. You may experience the occasional midge or BWO hatch, but most of the feeding occurs sub-surface. This is when precise nymphing comes in to play and using light (5X and 6X) tippet and microscopic (#22-26) flies is critical. Making the switch from fall to winter fishing can be difficult, but as long as you implement these tips, you may find that winter is one of your new favorite fly fishing seasons.
This is a FlyCast first. Our focus is on providing the most up-to-date reports on fly fishing conditions in Colorado, but we understand that in a lot of cases having the right gear can make the difference between a good day and a great day on the water. We recently had the opportunity to test out
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At the end of the day, the fastest way to catch the fly fishing addiction is to catch your first fish on the fly. Therefore, if you’re a beginner or want to help a beginner learn the art of fly fishing, we recommend trying out one of the bodies of water listed below.