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Fly Fishing Outfitters ColoradoYou may not think of Colorado as having lots of water, but there are still tons of fishing options.  There are multiple rivers that run all throughout Colorado from narrow, craggy streams to broad channels. There is also no shortage of lakes. Fishing is a major Colorado attraction for many nature enthusiasts.


Once you've decided where in Colorado you plan to stay, you'll need to decide whether you'll be fly fishing, bait fishing, boat fishing or one of the many other fishing options. The difference between the types of fishing usually have to do with the different type of rods used, lure weight, fishing lines, and casting materials. A license is required to fish on the majority of the bodies of water in Colorado, although there are a couple days each summer where anyone can fish for free!

Types of fish that can be caught throughout the state are different kinds of trout, large and small mouth bass, walleye, perch, and more. A fishing license in Colorado is usually valid from April 1st one year to March 31st the following year, with the prime season being the warmer summer months, when lakes and rivers aren’t frozen, and the sun is shining.

An annual license for a resident is usually around $25, and a non-resident around $50, with prices fluctuating a bit each year. Kids can fish free as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult.  This is a good website to view for fees, regulations, and licensing information. Many rivers and lakes in Colorado are strictly catch and release, so it is important to know the rules of the river before casting your rod.

Fly fishing is a popular activity, and many first timers choose to take lessons for it as there is some technique required. Even experienced anglers may opt for a guided fishing trip, both as a chance to learn some new fishing spots and to hone techniques.  The fly fishing guides Colorado offers are typically huge fishing enthusiasts to begin with, so in addition to providing in-depth instruction, they'll also pass along the joys of fishing.  If you're planning an entire Rocky Mountain fishing vacation, consider looking into the fly fishing lodges Colorado has, as well.