Fishing is a fun and relaxing hobby and a great way to get outside. Lucky for us Coloradans, our state has plenty of lakes and rivers that are a dream for fly fishing. If you’ve been thinking about taking up fly fishing, here are a few tips to get you started.
Before you head to your nearest sporting goods store, take some time to familiarize yourself with the art of fly fishing. This beginner’s guide to fly fishing from Bespoke Post is bound to get you excited.
Now that your interest is piqued, it’s time to get outfitted. Your best bet is visiting your local fly shop, where the experts can help you get set up. Here’s a basic overview of what you’ll need:
Casting a fly rod properly will take some practice, so don’t expect to be a pro from the get-go. Orvis has a great video series on fly casting that’s worth reviewing.
Spend some time watching other fly casting views online. Reading about fly fishing and watching videos are excellent ways to improve your technique.
Before you can fly fish, you’ll need a fishing license from the State of Colorado. Once you have your license, gear, and some basic know-how, it’s time to select a spot to fish.
There are tons of places to fly fish throughout Colorado, and part of the fun is discovering new spots for yourself. Here’s some inspiration to get you started:
Take a look at current fly fishing reports for Colorado’s waterways. Some spots are better than others, and the quality will vary throughout the year. It never hurts to know before you go!