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Fly Fishing Colorado – Waters We Guide On
With quality fly fishing available in the Boulder area 365 days a year, Front Range Anglers is proud to be able to offer customers one of the largest portfolios of available water in the Denver and Boulder Metro area. That’s only one reason that makes Front Range Anglers the number one guide service in Boulder. Whether you are looking for tranquility on your own private stretch of river or are a first timer looking to catch your first wild trout on a fly, we have water that will fit your needs.
Contact our guide services team today and we’ll tailor the perfect trip based on your schedule and desires.
Sylvan Dale Ranch
Distance from Shop: ~ 45 Minutes
Located in a sunlit valley at the mouth of The Big Thompson Canyon, this working dude ranch has it all. With a picture perfect section of Main Ranch River, and the Big Valley Lakes that hold some big fish, a day of guided fly-fishing at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is simply incredible. Sylvan Dale also has comfortable riverside cabins that are great for groups or families looking for lodging to compliment their fishing plans.
Rocky Mountain Angling Club Properties
Rocky Mountain Angling Club has many private fly-fishing destinations all over the state of Colorado and we enjoy guiding on all of them. Here are some of our favorite RMAC properties that we focus on.
A-19 ~ Big Thompson
With a beautiful mix of deep pools, slow flats, and fast riffles, this ½ mile section of the Big Thompson holds some of the healthiest and colorful Rainbows and Browns in the area. The river bends nicely away from the busy canyon road leaving no distractions between you and those rising trout.
A-17 ~ Clear Creek
Clear Creek Ranch is a ¾ mile section of river with slow snaking cut banks full of healthy Browns and the occasional large Rainbow Trout. If you are in/from the Denver area and looking to experience excellent private fly-fishing, this river demands a guide that knows the water well. Our guides know what flies to use and when to use them. This versatile river is best complimented by a versatile fly rod. An 8’6” 4wt will be best suited for brush cover, river flow, and fish size.
A-16 ~ North Fork of the Big Thompson
This mile long section on the North Fork of the Big Thompson River is located just one hour from the shop. A-16 is friendly to beginner fly-fisherman and it has a lake with hungry trout to compliment the property. The North Fork is a skinny stream but holds an incredible amount of hard-hitting Brown trout. Because this stream is small and tight, an 8’ 3wt fly rod will be the best way to present flies to those active Browns.
A-3 ~ Arkansas River
Located on the upper Arkansas River, “Gold Camp” is a wide-open cascading stretch of river with an excellent population of wild Brown Trout and the occasional Rainbow and Cutthroat. There are some deep holes and runs through this section that should be nymphed, but this river is truly ideal for dry fly fishing. These healthy fish feed hard on the surface all year round and will smack your dry fly as soon as it hits the water. This dry fly paradise is perfect for working on your long-range casting and is best complimented by a 9’ 4wt fly rod.
Distance from Shop: ~ 2 Hours
With over ¾ mile of private river access to chase wild rainbows and browns plus three ponds stocked with rainbows and browns up to 24”, there is something for everyone!
Distance from Shop: ~15 Minutes
Boulder Creek is one of Boulder’s most prized possessions, running from Barker Reservoir through town past the campus of CU and out into the flats of Colorado. From start to finish this is a fine trout fishery full of wild browns, rainbows, and even some colorful brookies up towards the town of Nederland. If you can really devote some time to fishing the creek there are even a few cutthroats to be found. Go for the Boulder Creek grand slam!
Distance from Shop: ~25 Minutes
Clear Creek is a great river that has been damaged from years of mining abuse, but now is on the rebound and is a great way to spend a day. With the headwaters beginning at the Continental Divide near Loveland Ski Resort, the stream flows downstream into the small mining town of Georgetown where you will find classic pocketwater fishing to small rainbows, cutthroats, and brookies. From there the river flows east until it hits route 6 where it enters Clear Creek Canyon. This just might be some of the best scenery to be found on the river.
Big Thompson River
Distance from Shop: ~45 Minutes
The Big Thompson or the Big “T” as it’s known to the locals, flows out of the Front Range and is one of the best tail waters we have close by. With its head waters beginning around the corner in Rocky Mountain National Park, the river flows through the park, through downtown Estes, and into Lake Estes. From there the water is released from Olympus dam and heads down “the canyon” where US 34 follows the river on its journey towards the flats of Colorado and the town of Loveland.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Distance from Shop: ~1 Hour
This may just be one of the best resources that the Front Range of Colorado has to offer. The “Park” as locals like to call it has too many lakes and streams to begin to speak about. The Park really has it all, from big browns in Moraine Park to beautiful native Greenback Cutts in high mountain streams and lakes. The Greenback is the Colorado state fish and was thought to be extinct around the turn of the century. Lucky for anglers a remnant population was found and RMNP has gone through lengthy efforts to return the Front Range’s native trout back to its home range.
Distance from Shop: ~1 Hour
Bear Creek is a true Front Range gem. If you like fishing dry flies to rising fish, this creek is for you. Packed full of healthy Rainbow and Brown Trout, this beautiful cascading creek is best know for its mild run-off, making it a great option for your April – June trips.