Colorado Fly Fishing Reports for August 1, 2018- Vail, Beaver Creek CO.

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Colorado Fly Fishing Report Last Updated: Agust 1, 2018

Overall Fly Fishing Status: It’s time to get your Dry fly on!!!


Our Orvis endorsed Guide Staff has over 275 years combined experience on local rivers.  The Vail valley offers access to some very diverse and high-quality Trout fisheries all within less than an hour from Vail/Beaver Creek. Due to a less then average snow melt the conditions right  now are very good on the Eagle and Colorado rivers.  Lots of Caddis and Stoneflies!  Also very good Streamer conditions.  Many of the smaller creeks in the valley are also very fishable now too.

Good hatches of Caddis, Stone flies and Pale Morning Duns on all the rivers right now.  Unless we start getting our monsoon rains soon we are no longer floating the Eagle.  The wade fishing conditions are very good on the Eagle. The smaller creeks and streams are also in good condition. the exception to that is the Homestake Creek which is running too low to fish effectively right now.  The Roaring Fork river has some fantastic dry fly action right now!  Great conditions for floating and wading.  The Green drake hatch has come and gone.  Low flows on the Colorado are making for warm water conditions in the afternoons. Please be aware of this when fishing the C.  We are asking anglers to be off the water by around 12:00.  We are expecting the Bureau of reclamation the begin bringing up the Colorado this coming week. The extended forecast is starting to show some afternoon showers starting this week!

Run-off is done and river levels are dropping fast.  Early day conditions are best for dry fly action.  Please be aware of thee water temperatures where you are fishing. With lower flows,especially on the Colorado River right now.  The late day water temps are getting to 70 degrees on the upper Colorado, which is too warm to be fishing.  Trout are very easily exhausted to death when being caught  in water that warm.  The temperatures on the Eagle, Roaring Fork and the tailwaters are still cold enough to fish throughout the day.

Looking for something more intimate? The Gore, Brush and Cross creeks are all accessible and fishing these small streams can be a blast.  Low flows and clear water make for spooky fish so have your 6x ready.

It’s the diversity of the Vail valley’s fishery that makes it so appealing.  Also, there is a very good amount of public access on most of the major rivers we fish. Among the most notable of the larger rivers that lend to both wade and float fishing we are really fortunate to the rivers in our back yard.

Summer  Shop Hours: Mon- Sat  7-6, Sundays 7-4

 Fly Fishing Outfitters is the Vail valley’s 1997/2007 Orvis Outfitter of the Year.  With over 275 years combined guiding experience on local waters our Orvis guides are by far the Vail valley’s most sought after professionals.  We recommend making your reservations for a day on the water as soon as possible.

All of our Colorado fly fishing reports are updated from our guides. Who better to report on the fishing conditions than the guides that fish the waters daily

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After the maps are installed on your mobile device and when in the maps extent a Blue GPS Dot will appear on the map.  This marks where you are.  You can now interact with the map and the blue GPS Dot will always show your location while on the map.

  • Follow the blue GPS dot to the access points!
  • Drop pins on your favorite spots, take photos and GEO tag your pics to your locations.
  • You can even email or text pictures of your big fish to your friends.
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  • Detailed locations and descriptions of all public access points
  • Boat launch locations, rapid names and float mileages.

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About Fly Fishing Oufitters

The Dry-Fly season is under way and the fishing is crazy!!  We have a huge selection of flies at the ready, for any condition or water you fish. Our guide staff has over 275 years of experience on local waters.  Call us now and get out on the water with best, or let us help you stock up on supplies.  Our shop staff is the friendliest, most helpful in Vail.  Call us at (970) 854-8090 or (970) 476-FISH (3474).