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Old 06-20-2019, 07:19 AM
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Hello All. I am going to be about an hour outside of Denver in Mid July for a week. Family re-union. We are staying on a compound right on the river. No idea which one. Bottom line, would like to fly fish the river/stream. Just needed some pointers on fly's to use, etc. I have done it before, but, was like 20 yrs ago.
I know its vague, just thought all in that area, would be pretty universal. Thanks.
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:40 AM
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Best bet is a local fly shop and or consult a guide of the area. Shorten your learning curve and get you pointed in the right direction. If not,look for an Orvis fly shop...
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:48 AM
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You can call every fly shop in Denver and none will know where the "compound by the river" is located.

Start by figuring out where the heck you are going, and then you may get some meaningful advice about what to do or who to talk to.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:26 PM
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I'll put in a plug for the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, just as you get into the mountains headed west on I-70. With all this water, I presume they're going to say dry flies only during a hatch. With how warm it is, any cloud cover could prompt one so be prepared. Fish are probably not sitting on the bottom, but the water is muddy, so outside of a hatch, you're probably going to have the best luck with worm patterns, striated and brass head nymphs and bright eggs. Unless you're really good, bring/buy strike indicators since the water is going to be fast and muddy and you're going to be fishing under it most of the time.

I may be way off. I don't fly fish nearly as much anymore since I got the boat and my kids are too young.

Blue River below Green Mountain is at 1400 cf/s and above 7 feet. Colorado River below Glenwood is at 18,000 cf/s above 9 feet. (normally, it's just north of 10,000 cf/s, highest ever recorded was like 22k I think). Arkansas is at 2100 below Granite, but two days ago it was at 2750. All/most of the reservoirs are full already which is rare. Overall river flow across the state is about 180% of normal.

Have a great time, and be safe.

edit: I just read that Lake Powell has come up 10 feet in the last week and Halls Crossing launch ramp is already open. There's a LOT of water right now.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Fatherof4 View Post
Hello All. I am going to be about an hour outside of Denver in Mid July for a week. Family re-union. We are staying on a compound right on the river. No idea which one. Bottom line, would like to fly fish the river/stream. Just needed some pointers on fly's to use, etc. I have done it before, but, was like 20 yrs ago.
I know its vague, just thought all in that area, would be pretty universal. Thanks.
Now that I read this better, you're on the east slope, relatively close to town. This site will give you some generic tips (click on river reports) but it's a good call to walk into a fly shop and ask; Fly Shop: Reels, Rods, Fly Fishing, Fly Tying - Rocky Mountain Anglers. It sounds like I was still pretty spot on in the previous post.
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