Rio Grande River Fly Fishing

The 16th most popular fly fishing river in Colorado.

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West of Del Norte, the Rio Grande River is a popular fly fishing river that starts in the tailwaters of Rio Grande Reservoir and flows down through Creede, South Fork and through Del Norte. In particular, the section from Creede to just past South Fork is considered Gold Medal fly fishing waters and is a catch-and-release zone. You can expect to find big wild brown trout and stocked rainbow trout in these areas. In the headwaters above the Rio Grande Reservoir, you may encounter brook trout and the Rio Grande cutthroat trout.

The Rio Grande River has a long caddis hatch starting in late April and running through early September.

Overall, Rio Grande River is the 16th most popular fly fishing river of all 47 fly fishing spots in Colorado.


Local Contact(s):  CO Visitors (800) COLORADO

Recommended Book:  "100 Best Flies For Colorado Trout" from Thomas Pero

Best Season:  Jun - Oct.

Base Camp:  River Hill Campground; Rio Grande Campground, Creede; Marshall Park Campground, Creede

Article Source:   Best Rio Grande River Fly Fishing Review

GPS:  37.761254, -107.012364

Date Published:  12/30/2015

Date Updated:  8/12/2016

ID:  22254

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