Best Colorado Fly Fishing Rivers

Colorado has 37 fly fish spots.

  April 6, 2022

Located in the US, the fly fishing in Colorado offers over thirty trout streams and rivers from which to choose. The best Colorado fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be South Platte River - Cheesman Canyon, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison, South Platte River - Dream Stream, Animas River - Upper, and Gunnison River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a Colorado fly fishing river or stream below.

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Colorado Fly Fishing Resources

FEATURED:  Taylor River

  Gunnison, Colorado

  March 21, 2022

North of Gunnison and east of Almont, the Taylor River offers exciting flyfishing opportunities. The Taylor River is usually considered in two sections divided by the Taylor Park Reservoir. The upper section of the Taylor River is above the reservoir to the headwaters, and the lower section is below the dam to the confluence with the East River.

FEATURED:  Black Canyon Of The Gunnison

  Montrose, Colorado

  April 26, 2020

West of Gunnison and east of Montrose, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River offers exciting fly fishing opportunities. There are few canyons as deep or as scenic as the Black Canyon. This canyon offers 26 miles of Gold Medal fishing waters according to the State due to high trout population. The upper 13 miles of the river are within the Black Canyon National Monument, while the later 13 miles are within the Gunnison Gorge.

FEATURED:  South Platte River - Cheesman Canyon


  September 14, 2018

Southwest of Denver near Deckers, the South Platte River has a 21 mile stretch of amazing trout fishing waters near Cheesman Canyon below Cheesman Dam. This is a world class trout fly fishing area of riffles, pockets and pools. It is a boulder filled canyon that offers exceptional wilderness fishing opportunties.

FEATURED:  South Platte River - Dream Stream


  March 24, 2018

West of Denver in the South Park valley, the Dream Stream Section of the South Platte River is a tailwater stretch known for rainbow trout, brown trout and cutthroat trout. The Dream Stream Section is a 5.5 mile stretch below the Spinney Mountain Reservoir. This river is very popular and can get crowded with fly fisherman chasing after the rainbows averaging 17 inches long. The Dream Stream is mostly 30 feet wide and is pretty slow running, so it makes for easy wading.

FEATURED:  Big Thompson River - Upper

  Estes Park, Colorado

  July 15, 2016

Northeast of Denver near Estes Park, the Big Thompson River (aka Big T) is a surprising large river for the Front Range. The upper Big Thompson River starts near Moraine Park in the Rocky Mountain National Park and flows east through Estes Park and down into Lake Estes.

FEATURED:  San Miguel River


  August 12, 2016

West of Telluride, the San Miguel River is a popular freestone river known for outstanding dry fly fishing throughout the summer. The San Miguel River starts in the hills east of Telluride and flows west through town and continues 45 miles. It is mainly a freestone river that becomes a warm water fishery. There are plenty of riffles and pocket water holding rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. The San Miguel River is known for its prolific hatches.

FEATURED:  Los Pinos River


  July 8, 2016

Northeast of Durango, the Los Pinos River above Vallecito Reservoir is known for its rainbow trout, brook trout and cutthroats. A great place to start is Pine River Campground along the river. A trail heads northeast upstream along the river for about 3 miles to the Weminuche Wilderness Area boundary, and then it continues another 10 miles or so along the river to the headwaters.

FEATURED:  Conejos River


  March 24, 2018

Southwest of Alamosa and east of Pagosa Springs, the Conejos River is a 60 mile long river that offers moderate fly fishing opportunties. This a waders paradise. Expect to find rainbow trout, brown trout, and cutthroat trout.

FEATURED:  Eagle River

  Vail, Colorado

  March 24, 2018

West of Vail, the Eagle River is a 70 mile river with most open to public fishing. This is a waders paradise with big, wild trout averaging over 15 inches. Expect to find plenty of brown trout and rainbow trout, and in the upper sections, there is even some cutthroat trout and brook trout. The caddis hatch season varies widely across the length of this long river.

FEATURED:  Roaring Fork River

  Aspen, Colorado

  March 23, 2022

Near Aspen, the Roaring Fork of the Colorado River starts at Independence Pass and flow down through Aspen to Glenwood Springs. This 75 mile river has many fishing opportunties and most of it is wadable. While not wilderness, it is highly accessible via the roads that run parallel to it. You can expect to find plenty of rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout and brook trout.