Author: Will Rice
Brown trout(Salmo trutta) are an anadromous fish that naturally reproduce in rivers across the state of Colorado. They are also one of the pinnacle species for fly fishing enthusiasts. Being an anadromous fish, browns have an instinct to ascend into rivers from the sea to spawn. In land locked states, this drive still exists and browns typically begin a migration from lakes or lower sections of a river to upper sections when the days begin to get shorter.
It is in the beginning of the fall months that this biological switch is triggered - the shortening daylight hours and decreasing water temperature are a signal to the browns. In addition to reproduction urges that drive their runs into the upper reaches of waterways, they are also bulking up for the coming winter months.
When the browns begin to move in Colorado they get aggressive – it is one of the most beautiful and stimulating seasons to explore the different river systems that our state has to offer. You can fly fish and target browns on walk/wade trips or float trips via raft or hard boat.
Here are a few opportunities and properties where you can have a unique opportunity to get in front of these fish this fall.
Saturday September 21st and Sunday September 22nd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Vail Valley Anglers for another unique hosted fly fishing adventure that you won't find anywhere else. On September 21st, Trouts will host a guided float trip on the Colorado River that starts at Derby Creek in the remote "middle" section of the Upper Colorado.
Clients will enjoy a full day of fly fishing - where the early fall fishing for browns should be fantastic - and arrive at a private and spacious cabin located on the banks of the Colorado. Six (6) anglers will then enjoy an evening on the river, deluxe accommodations, and a meal prepared by a gourmet chef (UPDATE: book today as we have only four spots left). Guests will spend a comfortable evening and overnight stay, followed by breakfast in the morning.
On Sunday September 22nd, guests will enjoy a second day of fly-fishing that includes a float down to the take-out in Dotsero. Fishing with dry flies, dry dropper rigs, nymphing and streamers should all be effective methods in September on the Colorado. Don't rule out throwing a mouse pattern either.
The trip cost for two days of float fishing, overnight accommodations, and meals: $790 per person
The WCR Ranch– A Trouts Guide Service Exclusive Property
The WCR Ranch is located on a small tributary of the upper Colorado River, approximately 35 miles in length. The creek rises in northwestern Grand County, in the Arapaho National Forest at the top of the continental divide and flows southeast toward the Colorado River.
The WCR Ranch is home to Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines, Douglas-Firs, and Aspen stands. The creek itself meanders through a wide-open meadow closely cropped with willows, cut banks, and a variety of alpine wildflowers. Surrounding the creek are majestic peaks that reach elevations of 12,000ft and higher.
The WCR Ranch is truly a wild place.
The two predominant species of fish on the WCR property are brown and rainbow trout – although other species are often caught as well. The creek has many bends and deep cut banks along the mile+ stretch of private water. Successful fishing at the WCR requires a bit of stealth and patience. If you enjoy taking your time looking for fish in clear water environments and making accurate presentations, the WCR Ranch is a property to consider. The reward can be a subtle sip on the surface or a jarring explosion on the top water.
If you are looking for a true western fly fishing experience in a rustic, small creek environment, look no further than the WCR Ranch. The ranch is located roughly two (2) hours from Downtown Denver.
Fall Switch and Spey Casting Clinic: October 19th
Think spey and switch rods are designed only for the Pacific North West, BC, and Alaska? Think again. Check out our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic that is being held on the renowned YR Ranch on the lower Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir.
On-Stream Switch Rod Fly Fishing School
- 6 Student Limit
- Class Date (ONE DAY ONLY):October 19th, 2013
Learn the basics, versatility and advantages of using a switch rod on the water with one of our tenured casting instructors. In this class you will improve both single hand and two-handed casts – and have a shot at hooking a migratory brown trout moving from the Colorado River up into the Lower Blue River. Spey casting with a switch rod requires less effort than standard overhand casts if done correctly and allows you to cover water you couldn't cover with standard casting technique. Call the shop at 877.464.0034 to book your seat in this class.
YR Ranch –A Trouts Guide Service Exclusive Property on the Lower Blue River
The YR Ranch is an incredibly unique fishery available exclusively to The Trout's Guide Service. Located on the Lower Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir, this property offers a variety of amazing fishing situations unparalleled in all of Colorado fly fishing. Dries, nymphs and streamers are all productive at this amazing stretch of river. This premier fishery is currently undergoing a five year environmental rehabilitation which includes a long term management plan that will ensure anglers an amazing experience for many years to come. The YR Ranch does not receive any stocking and produces many wild trophy fish each year. The property fishes especially well early and late in the season, when some of the largest wild trout seen in Colorado migrate into this stretch of the Blue River from the mighty Colorado River. In the fall, big browns start to move up river and the YR Ranch is perfectly located to take advantage of this yearly migration. This ranch is not to be missed by fly fishing anglers looking for the chance to catch the fish of their lifetime. Keep in mind that access to this area is limited as it is a favorite destination for our returning customers, so be sure to secure your fishing dates well in advance.
If you have any questions about these programs or would like to fish one of these properties, please call the shop today at 303.733.1434.