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Happy 4th of July

Robert F. Smith, through his philanthropic investment in River Deep and Anglers of Honor  have empowered a partnership with Lincoln Hills Park and The Flyfisher LLC. We are proud to announce the opening, on July 4, 2019, of a 1/2 mile stretch of South Boulder
Creek to free fishing and picnic access specifically for veterans and their families.

Veterans will be able to make reservations and learn more about Lincoln Hills Park here.

We are now taking reservations.

Get Paid to Fish in Colorado

Recently in Colorado, the introduction of an invasive predatorial fish has been in an issue. In a handful of reservoirs around the state northern pike have been popping up. These fish have been illegally stocked and are raining havoc on the local populations. CPW is offering anglers $20 for each northern pike caught in Kenney Reservoir.

So get off your couch grab your rod and head out to Kenney Reservoir and start making some money! For more information click here.

Denver BBQ Festival

What are you up to this Father’s Day weekend? How about heading over to the Mile High Stadium and enjoying some BBQ. Starting tomorrow Friday the 14th at 5 p.m will be the 2nd annual Denver BBQ Festival. Featuring BBQ vendors from all over, cold beverages and live music. For more information check out their website here. Have a great Fathers day weekend from us at Colorado Fly Fishing Reports.

Be careful out there!

As we roll into June we are seeing rivers rise. We can expect high runoff this summer and with that comes some danger. Whitewater can be very powerful and can catch you off guard. This week a rafter lost his life on the Eagle River. Please be careful if you decide to venture out to our local Colorado rivers this June. Use extreme caution when you are wading and rafting. Here is a link to the article.

Giving Back!

Robert F. Smith, through his philanthropic investment in River Deep and Anglers of Honor  have empowered a partnership with Lincoln Hills Park and The Flyfisher LLC. We are proud to announce the opening, on July 4, 2019, of a 1/2 mile stretch of South Boulder
Creek to free fishing and picnic access specifically for veterans and their families. Veterans will be able to make reservations at www.theflyfisher.com beginning June 15.

South Boulder Creek fly fishing
Wetting a line on South Boulder Creek

Winter is not over yet!!

This week Colorado was hit with yet another Spring storm. We have had a very wet and cold Spring which is not great for outside activities but should make for a good summer. Snowpack is looking good and rivers are flowing. Anglers can expect high rivers through July but we should not run into the issue of low and warm water like last summer. With the additional snow, we have this year it might be late July before we can make it up to the high mountain lakes that we know and love.

This upcoming Memorial day weekends forecast looks promising. So get out and enjoy what Colorado has to offe. Lots of rivers and lakes across the state are fishing fantastic. Tight Lines and enjoy the long weekend!

Mile High 25

Looking for a fun fly fishing competition in and around Colorado? Look no further. The Milehigh25 is it and more. Each year fly anglers from around Colorado get together in late June for this fantastic competition. 2 days 25 species and a lot of fun in between. Each year the Milehigh25 attracts bigger and better teams. There is plenty of goodies up for grabs as well. For more information check out their website here.

2019 Colorado Fishing License

It is that time of year again in Colorado when we need to renew our fishing licenses. In Colorado your annual fishing license is good through March 31st. Colorado Parks & Wildlife has increased prices dramatically for 2019 across the board from park passes too hunting permits. Most of us hate when prices increase but this means more money for conservation and land management. So don’t be that guy fishing April 1st without a new fishing license. Get out and purchase your 2019 Colorado Fishing license here.

Colorado’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan: 2019-2023

Colorado Parks & Wildlife, in conjunction with the Colorado Outdoor Partnership, have finalized a 5-year plan which has the goal of continuing to develop Colorado’s outdoor recreational industry, introducing more Coloradans to the outdoors, and also maintaining environmental and cultural conservation.

The 5-year plan lays out four priorities which will help it achieve it’s goal.

  • Maintain and enhance sustainable access and opportunity for all Coloradans to enjoy the outdoors
  • Create a stewardship of care amongst Coloradans and visitors for our outdoors
  • Conservation of land, water, and wildlife for future generations
  • Create sustainable funding for Colorado’s outdoor future

This 5-year plan is fantastic news on all fronts. From a financial perspective, Colorado’s outdoor industry is responsible for 511,000 jobs in the state, $37 billion in consumer spending, and $21 billion in wages paid to Coloradans. So it’s absolutely imperative that we maintain our outdoor industry.

The plan also lays out environmental conservational steps which will help sustain the state’s natural beauty in the face of population growth and other environmental threats.

As departing Gov. John Hickenlooper recently stated, “Outdoor recreation opportunities contribute to increased quality of life, economic prosperity, and the health of Colorado communities and residents.” Regardless of where you fall on Hickenlooper’s other policies, he’s spot-on on this one. Colorado’s future is tied hand-in-hand to its outdoor/environmental policies.

As Coloradans, regardless of our political affiliation, we should support this measure. Protecting our outdoors, while planning for our future financial stability is the type of move that unites all of us together.

Ice Jam Flooding on The Roaring Fork River

I’ve been fly fishing here in Colorado for years and I’ve got to be honest– I’ve never given ice jam flooding a second thought. That’s on me. After watching the speed and intensity of the ice flooding on the Roaring Fork over the weekend, it’s something that should be on all of our radar’s moving forward.

Ice Flow on Roaring Fork River on January 4, 2019. Video by Ben de Sugny

2:01pm MST – As we predicted, the ice flow roared through Basalt this afternoon. While we unfortunately arrived 12 minutes after the flow, our friend Ben de Sugny captured this exceptional video from the 7-11 Bridge in Basalt, Colorado.

Posted by Roaring Fork Conservancy on Friday, January 4, 2019
courtesy of Roaring Fork Conservancy

Ice jams happen when warm temperatures cause a frozen river’s snow and ice to melt too rapidly, which then results in flash flooding down river.

If you’re going out fly fishing on any of Colorado’s rivers this winter, know your settings and be mindful of the environmental conditions around you. And I’m not saying that to be a fear-monger– admittedly, I’ve never put any thought into any type of winter flash flooding. But as we see here, fluctuating temperatures can cause weird things to happen.