Monday, August 22, 2011

Colorado Fly fishing Gear (First Timers Essentials)

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.

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