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Flat Fly n
07-26-2008, 11:23 PM
My son and two other friends are heading out for the trout fishing adventure out west. Anybody got any streams they have fished and would go again to?

thanks

PeteCz
07-27-2008, 12:22 PM
Flat, My Son and I are going to Colorado at the end of August for 10 days. There is an incredible variety of fishing opportunities. Here are some questions to ponder first, then we can get into some specifics:

How long of a trip?
Camping, Cabins or Inns?
Big Streams, Tailwaters or Small Streams?
Canyons, High Plains, Meadows or Mountains?
Concentrate on One Drainage or Travel around?
Big Fish, Lots of fish, or both?
Gold Medal Waters or places no one goes to?
Drift boat, Drive and Wade or Hike-in and Wade?

We're going to SW Colorado and hike-in to fish a number of small tributaries above several of the lakes/tailwater areas (Conjeos River, Vallecito Creek, Piedra River and/or Dolores River).

There are several other tributaries we would like to try if there is time: Cimarron Creek, Lake Fork of the Gunnison, San Miguel.

If they are into tailwaters: The Gunnison, Taylor, Rio Grande, Animas and San Juan are hard to beat in Southern/Central Colorado. In the Central part of the state, the South Platte, Colorado, Arkansas, Blue, Roaring Fork and Fryingpan are all exceptional, as well. I'm sure I've left out a few...

If they want small streams, there are way too many to mention. Their best bet would be to pick a drainage or two and fish the tributaries.

Here are some links to look at, with fishing conditions:
Durango Area Current Fly Fishing Conditions (http://www.creativelinks.com/recreat/dgocond.htm)
Telluride Fishing Report (http://www.tellurideoutside.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=standard&categoryId=7&subCategoryId=0)
Colorado Fishing Report - Cutthroat Anglers (http://www.fishcolorado.com/reports)
Colorado Fishing Report (http://www.kansasangler.com/coreport.html)
Cimarron Creek Anglers SW/Central Colorado Report (http://www.cimarroncreek.com/flyfishing/reports.cfm)

That should get them started. I'd love to hear their plans and compare notes.

Flat Fly n
07-27-2008, 05:51 PM
PeteCZ<
Thank you soo much. They are just 3 soon to be college sophs. going out to flyfish Colorado. There is some planning but try and convince 3 20y.o. that some planning has to be done.

I am sure this will help them, and along with some luck maybe they will get into some incredible fishing.

Do you fish around KTown?

PeteCz
07-27-2008, 08:17 PM
How soon are they going out and are they planning on camping? Were they flying or driving?

I'm assuming that they will be camping and that they will driving (since they are in College it may be hard to rent a car). If that's the case, and they probably don't want to do much planning (I have teenagers, so I know the drill) they will need to camp near somewhere that they can run back and pickup supplies when they realize that they don't have enough food for dinner (or any food for dinner!)...My suggestions would be to go near the towns of Gunnison, Durango or Pagosa Springs in SW Colorado. Lots of fishing and lots of camping. Great scenery and a few places to run and get a meal or groceries, as well.

Its a large state and there are lots of options, but if they want to maximize their time fishing, those locations may give them the most options. You might want to pickup a copy of the book "Fly Fishing in Souther Colorado", that they can take with them and reference as they are out there...

And to answer your question, I try to spend as much time fishing in the Park and in the NC mountains as my work and family life will allow...