Fall in the heart of the Colorado high country means 2 things hunting season and uncrowded Fly-fishing. This time of year is perhaps the favorite for local Fly-fishers. The crowds of summer are long gone and the fish are feeding in anticipation of the fall spawn and the onset of winter.
The shorter, cooler days are very favorable to a hatch of Blue Winged Olives as well as late season Caddis and of course lots of Midges. If it’s casting dry flies to pods of rising trout with an Extended Body Blue Winged olive that peaks your interest or throwing a double streamer rig for large pre – spawn browns then this is your time to shine. Wether is wade fishing or floating there is something for everybody. The Eagle River is a fantastic arena to ply your dry fly fishing capabilities for the next couple of month’s. Float fishing on the larger waters of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers offer great dry fly as well as the best Streamer fishing of the Year. The Vail valley has many smaller streams and creeks that can test the technical skills of just about any angler.
Many people seem to think that the time between the Oktoberfest hang over and the opening of the ski mountains as a downtime, those of us who are resident fishing freaks are in almost euphoric states of anticipation of where the next trophy brown trout ids going to be pulled from.
2014 has been nothing short of Awesome for the guides and anglers alike. Many have said that they thought this year was the best in 10 plus years. The perfect snow/runoff and the mildly wet summer created the ultimate conditions. So far the late summer/fall fishing has been just as good! Couple the great lodging and dining deals around the valley with some discounted guide rates and you would be hard pressed to find a better place to hang your waders for a few days and explore the reason I moved to this valley 23 years ago.
Click on the video below to wet you appetite.