Colorado Front Range 2013 Post-Flood Fishing Update

Due to the historic flooding of most of the Front Range watersheds, you may be thinking “What now?” To give you some ideas, we’ve assembled this list of rivers that are still relatively close to home and will continue to fish excellent through the fall.

While time is the only medicine for many of our local favorites, this list should give everyone something to explore while we all wait for the rebound (which we believe will be sooner than people think!) If you need more information on how to get to the rivers in the list below, flies to use, or techniques to try, come by the shop and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Also don’t forget that our guides have been scouting relentlessly since the rain stopped. We are still doing 1/2 day, full day and overnight trips close to Boulder and around the state! If you want a great experience on the water while walking away with a better understanding of the techniques needed to enhance your fishing time, contact us today!

Blue River
Access: Public Driving Time: ~1.5 Hours
With plenty of access in and around Silverthorne, your experience on the Blue can be everything from your own cheering section to complete solitude. The big draw for the Blue is that you have the possibility of getting into a trophy fish just about any day of the year. While large Mysis-fed fish are common below the dam right in town, other large fish move up and down the river regularly.

The Blue in Silverthorne holds some big fish. Here’s Caleb VanWagner with a beauty!

Fraser River
Access: Private Driving Time: ~2 Hours
Front Range Anglers has a townhouse available for rent within steps of the Fraser river near Granby. 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. The townhouse has three beds and three baths with a full kitchen, so it’s the perfect destination for a group of friends or a family. Explore the local waters of the Fraser or even use it as a base camp to explore the Colorado and Williams Fork, both of which fish excellent in the fall. Call the shop to reserve. 303.494.1375

Get 3/4 mile of private access to the Fraser river plus three ponds while staying in a beautiful cabin!

Williams Fork River
Access: Public Driving Time: ~2.25 Hours
The Williams Fork is a great tailwater option that often gets overshadowed by the Colorado. Since accessing the river requires a short hike, many people skip it and just fish the Colorado river at Parshall instead. With nearly two miles of river to explore, it can keep you busy all day. Fishing the Williams Fork during the fall is especially enjoyable as the the Brown bite really heats up and epic days can be had on a dry dropper rig.

The Williams Fork Valley is beautiful in the fall.

Arkansas River
Access: Public/Private Driving Time: ~2.25 Hours
The Arkansas river is absolutely on fire right now and looks to continue fishing great through October. The FRA guide staff has been conducting incredible full day and overnight guide trips on multiple sections of private water in the upper Arkansas Valley. The upper Ark is also plentiful with public water options and this dynamic stream can offer some of the most epic dry fly fishing in the state. Call the shop to get more information on guided trips on the Ark, or stop in to pick up your hoppers and fall caddis patterns.

The Arkansas always provides great action and scenery during the fall.

South Platte River (Dream Stream Section)
Access: Public Driving Time: ~2.5 Hours
While the 3-mile section of the South Platte that runs through the Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area is a great option any time of year, it can be exceptional in the fall. Large Browns move into the river from Eleven Mile Reservoir during September to stage for the spawn. September is a great time to target these large fish before the crowds congregate in October during the heart of the spawning season. Another option is to wait even longer and target post-spawn fish in late November and December. A streamer fished in the early hours of the day is a sure-fire way to turn a few fish!

FRA Guide Andrew Zentner with a couple of great pre and post spawn Browns!