It has been awhile since we have highlighted a Wishlist activity of the week, but now that it is officially Spring (made apparent by this crazy weather) we are eager to help you make the most of your weekends.
Dating as far back as the 2nd century, fly fishing has been a favorite pastime, as well as a means of survival, for centuries. Today though, whether you’re fishing for food or simply catching and releasing, fly fishing can prove to be an incomparably relaxing and fun adventure. Colorado is ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the top 10 states to fly fish in. The reason? Countless rivers and trout to stock them all. Whether you’re new to fishing or an old pro here are some places where you can get your toes wet, and try your hand at fly fishing.
Loveland: Yes, you may recognize this town as home of the earliest opening and latest closing ski resort (or at least it has been in the past). With steep terrain and its proximity to Denver, Loveland is a great way to fit in a ski day during the week. During the summer though, this Colorado ski town transforms into the home of some of the best fly fishing in the state. For beginners, get started with Northern Colorado Fly Fishing, and spend the day in the sun, fishing and relaxing. Learn all the basics with a three hour introductory class, and go home a pro.
Salida: Or more precisely the Upper Arkansas River. With more than 40 miles of public fishing space, the Upper Arkansas River provides a perfect climate, year round, to make your fishing trip a success. Although it’s a bit futher (roughly 2.5 hours from Denver) the scenery and the heavy population of wild brown and rainbow trout, it is well worth the drive.
Gunnison: Home of both the Gunnison River and the Blue Mesa Reservoir, the city of Gunnison is a fisherman’s dream. The Gunnison River was designated as a Gold Metal Waters for having consistently larger fish and unbeatable views. The Blue Mesa Reservoir was built when a part of the Gunnison River was dammed many years ago, creating Colorado’s largest body of water and over 95 miles of shore. This is a great place, to kick up your heels, open a cold drink, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon of fishing.
For those of you ready to embark on your own fly fishing adventure, be sure to check out this article on what to pack and how to get a fishing license. Let us know what your favorite fly fishing spots are, and be sure to share your fishing adventures and photos by commenting below or on our facebook.