Thanks to the TTW team and the local outfitters, my exploratory trip was also very successful. The locals were all very friendly and pointed out some of the best fishing spots in Colorado. Predictably, the weekends were much busier than the weekdays, so I would recommend fishing Monday through Friday if you can. I’d definitely advise wearing waders, although I did see a handful of people fishing some deeper sections from the banks. Below are some areas that I fished with some top tips to accompany them.
Eagle River by Gypsum Ponds.
Park up at the “Gypsum Ponds” and you’ll find over a mile of public water both the East and West. Its well known to the locals so was pretty busy but there’s plenty of space with a variety of water to fish on (the further East the quieter it got). Parachute Adams produced the majority of fish for me here, both brown trout and rainbow trout!
Hiking up an hour from Beaver Creek opens up to a beautiful and pristine lake. The hike is relatively easy and once you get to the top I’d recommend starting at the south of the lake. There’s plenty of movement, so a great spot to sight fish.
Eagle River by Wolcott Post Office
This is another beautiful spot with a wide section of slow moving water, great for dry flies. The fish were everywhere, but a little harder to hook up here. Fishing close to the banks produced the best results.
Gore Creek, West Vail
Being the end of summer there wasn’t much water flow, meaning shallow and thin sections of creek. I found a great spot, marked on the map where there was an abundance of fish. I hooked up browns, rainbows and cut throat – just missing the brook for the perfect 4! Smaller flies were the go here, delicate presentation and plenty of sight fishing.
Hopefully this gives some helpful information for those looking to wet a line in this area. In the future I’d love to explore fishing spots near Denver, and also places to fish in Colorado Springs. I’d like to recommend a guide for someone less experienced, and also The Travel Whisperer was amazing at sorting all my needs.