Have you ever been in the middle of playing online fishing games when you suddenly find yourself daydreaming about going fly fishing in a beautiful Colorado mountain lake or stream? Colorado has hundreds of spectacular high mountain lakes and streams that are full of brook, brown, cut-throat, and rainbow trout. Colorado fly fishing, just like any other hobby or sport, is so much more fun when you have the right tools. Here are a few helpful fishing tips to get you started.
If you have never been fly fishing, a good way to familiarize yourself with the sport is to watch a fishing video. A good fishing video will demonstrate the basics of fly fishing.
In the Colorado Mountains the lakes and streams are small. The fish are also small, but full of fight. As a result, using a light three or four weight rod along with a small light reel is what you need to get the most excitement. Load the reel with a few yards of backing, a light weight double tapered floating fly line followed by a light weight 12 foot tapered leader and some two or three pound tippet.
Mountain water is always cold so it’s important to have a pair of neoprene chest waders to keep you warm and dry. A pair of felt soled boots will keep your footing stable on the slippery rocks. When wading into a lake move slowly and take small steps. Some lakes get deep extremely fast.
You will need a variety of flies. A good generic fly is the Royal Coachman. It seems to work in most Colorado waters. Another multipurpose fly is a small fluorescent orange cotton ball glued onto a # 12 hook. This looks like a single egg. It will also always get a few bites.
A good fly box with soft foam inside is important. A fly box keeps your flies organized. It also makes the flies more accessible when you’re standing in a lake or stream.