The Colorado Rocky Mountains are home to some of the most beautiful places in the United States and even in the entire world. Majestic mountains tower over beautiful forests, meadows, and creeks and rivers created from mountain springs and winter snow run-off. It is a mecca for hikers, sight seekers, tourists, and of course, the fly fisherman. Fly fishing is an art, and if you want to learn more about it, find guided tours help you learn about the best fishing in the Rockies, and if you just need to stock up on your fishing supplies, you should check out a place like Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Co.
The ins and outs of Fly Fishing
Fly fishing can be divided into seasons. Even though there are certain spots that can actually be fished year-round, a typical fishing season starts in late February or early March and goes into late October or early November.
- Early season—In the early season you are still fishing really low. There is usually a warm spell, and you can begin to sense a turn in the weather. Midges have started to hatch and this draws some of the trout up from deeper water. Early season requires precise fly fishing.
- Run-off—By the time the end of May rolls around, temperatures have warmed up enough to unlock higher ice packs. The water is flowing fastest at this point and Morning Dun Mayflies and even some Green Drake Mayflies begin to appear and entice fish to the surface.
- Summer—When July and August come around you know summer is here. Summer is the time when all you need to do is throw your fly in, and the fish will start filling up your nets. The insects are abundant, the water flow has stopped or greatly slowed down, and the season is short, so the fish know they need to eat up. The scenery is beautiful and unless you want a challenge, summer is the perfect time to fish and be successful while completely enjoying Earth’s beauty.
- Fall—Fall can still be a great time to fish, but things are changing and you and the fish know it. Rivers are receding and looking bonier, and the fish are pickier and more careful. If you have been wet fishing in the streams, you might pull back as you recognize that summer is coming to an end.
- Late fall—Things begin generally as they ended. Midgets are the primary fish food. You are fishing during the warmest part of the day, and fly fishing becomes a challenge because it gets more difficult to fill your net up with any fish.
Retail Store and Guided Tours
A place like Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Co is the place to go if you are in search of fly fishing equipment. They carry a full line of fishing equipment to meet any fisherman’s need. They are also authorized to issue fishing licenses, so the store can really be your only stop. If you are new to the area, or new to fly fishing, you can also take advantage of guided tours to help you have the successful fishing experience you are looking for.