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Beginner's Guide to Colorado Fly Fishing

Getting Started with Fly Fishing


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.


Fly fishing gear

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:

  • A rod, reel, and line. In fly fishing, these tools are classified by weight on a scale from 0 to 14. The weight ratings for each piece of equipment should match — if you purchase an entire outfit, the ratings will already be synced up.
  • Flies. You can purchase pre-made kits, but fly-tying is a skill you may want to learn if you get serious about the sport. It’s an art that requires plenty of practice, so you may want to sign up for a course or ask an experienced friend for some advice.
  • Clothing. You don’t want the fish to see you coming, so avoid brightly colored clothing. Opt for neutral colors that blend with the surroundings, and consider purchasing a fishing vest. It’s like a wearable, hands-free tackle box. You’ll also want a pair of waders to keep yourself dry.


How to cast a fly rod

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.


Get your Colorado fishing license

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.


Where to go fly fishing in Colorado

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:


Top 3 Best Public Places to Fly Fish in Colorado

10 Western Colorado Fly Fishing Spots

The Best (and Worst) Spots for Fishing in Colorado


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!