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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Colorado River, Colorado
If you want to enjoy the small trout in the headwaters inside the Rocky Mountains National
Park you may want to use a light rod to catch them. Certainly you will be using small and
most likely, dry flies for the brook and small cutthroat trout. We would say the ideal fly line
size would be a 4 weight, floating fly line.
If you fish for the browns and rainbow trout in the larger sections of the river, then we
suggest something larger. I would say a 5 weight fly line would deliver most flies that are
ideal for most of the fly fishing. That is not unusual at all considering the 5 weight is the
most often used size fly line. If you fish streamers and nymphs, then we would go a little
larger. We think a 6 weight line would be more desirable. You may want a sinking tip for
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes you chose to use. The
four, five and six weight rods should be nine feet long in our opinion. We think the best
action would be from a moderately fast to a fast action.
The reels for the four, five and six weight rods should be light and have good drags. You
don't want to hang a large brown or rainbow trout and loose it because of a poor drag.
They should be smooth and adjust to fine increments.
You should probably be using at least a 71/2 foot leader anywhere you fish the Colorado
unless you are fishing streamers. There are some situation where you may want to go up
to 12 feet. You should have them in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small
Carry plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary and we suggest them even if your use a drift boat. You may want to
get out and fish certain areas. We prefer the breathable type but you may need neoprene
waders if you are fishing during the winter.
Most of the bottom is either mud or soft soil or it is small gravel ranging from pecan size
gravel up to baseball size stones. Felt soles would be our choice.
In many areas of the river you may want to use a wading staff. We would call it optional.
We always recommend "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that hatches on the Colorado River and in every stage of life. It is best to
use the hatch chart and select the flies to use for the period of time you will be fishing.
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Colorado River Colorado
Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (email@example.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
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