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Fishing in Littleton

River Fishing Trip in Littleton

Browns And Rainbows Walk-n-Wade

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1 - 9 People From $400
Fishing in Basalt

River Fishing Trip in Basalt

Roaring Fork River Fly Fishing

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1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Orchard City

River Fishing Trip in Orchard City

Gunnison River On The Fly

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14 ft 1 - 2 People From $750
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Fishing in Littleton

River Fishing Trip in Littleton

Women's Only Fly Fishing Trip

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1 - 2 People From $100

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Fishing in Basalt
Fishing in Basalt
Fishing in Basalt
trip description for Roaring Fork River Fly Fishing in Basalt

Head out for a memorable 4 or 6-hour adventure in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with Chris! On this fly-fishing trip you'll be going after Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, and Rainbow Trout on the aptly-named Roaring Fork River. The Roaring Fork River is a Gold Medal Stream, which means that it supports at least 1000 pounds of fish per mile of river. This float and wade river is known for its large Rainbow and Brown Trout, averaging from 12 to 18 inches in length. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, Chris is eager to help. He has been fly fishing all over the country for over 30 years, so expect to get some bites! Chris will provide the rods and reels, and any waders you might need at an additional cost. He will even provide a tasty lunch for you, so all you need to bring is a valid Colorado Fishing License. Enjoy your day out on the river with Chris! Read More

River Fishing Trip near Orchard City

Roaring Fork River Fly Fishing

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1 - 2 People From $500
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Fishing in Littleton
Fishing in Littleton
Fishing in Littleton
trip description for Women's Only Fly Fishing Trip in Littleton

Wade your way into the water with Ken and prepare for an exciting fly fishing crash-course! Ken will teach you and let you try out all the fly fishing basics that any fisherwoman should know on this quick trip. This 2-hour, women's only trip is geared for a quick taste of fly-fishing and fly casting that will get you hooked! First, you will learn to cast and to tie some basic fly fishing knots. Then, Ken will get you out on the water to practice your skills! You'll be going after some picture-worthy Brown and Rainbow Trout on these waters. This trip is $75 for the first angler and $25 for the second angler, up to two anglers per guide. Flies, snack/drinks and equipment are provided. (A third angler may be added, but please call for price). All you need to bring is a Colorado Fishing License. Book your trip and get ready to catch some Trout and learn some new skills! Read More

River Fishing Trip near Orchard City

Women's Only Fly Fishing Trip

100% (3)
1 - 2 People From $100
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Fishing in Littleton
Fishing in Littleton
Fishing in Littleton
trip description for Browns and Rainbows Walk-n-Wade in Littleton

Wade your way into the water with Ken and prepare for an action-packed day of Trout fishing on the fly! This is a catch and release trip. Ken offers a couple of exciting options to best tailor your trip to your needs. Depending on what you want to do and how much time you have, you can opt for a half or full day on the water with Ken: **Half-Day:** This trip is 4 hours. A great introductory trip, you’ll have the opportunity to learn to cast, tie some knots and then have plenty of time to practice your new skills. Advanced anglers will enjoy a morning or afternoon of great fishing as well! You will drive to one of Ken and his team’s best fishing spots to target some Rainbow and Brown Trout. **Full-Day:** This trip is 7-8 hours. On this trip, you will get to go to some of the premier fishing spots in the area. The South Platte, Clear Creek, Williams Fork and Blue River are a few of the rivers you may fish, where you'll be going after some impressive Rainbow and Brown Trout. It is not uncommon to land a fish over 20 inches on these trips! The drives are as scenic as they get. If you are a beginner, you will learn to cast, tie some knots and much more throughout the day. With the whole day, you will have plenty of time to practice your new found skills, and the possibilities are endless. As an experienced angler, you will get to fish to your heart's content all day long! Book your trip and get ready to catch some Trout! Read More

River Fishing Trip near Orchard City

Browns And Rainbows Walk-n-Wade

100% (3)
1 - 9 People From $400

Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Colorado

What are the best fishing trips in Colorado?

The best fishing trips in Colorado are:

Why should I book a fishing trip in Colorado with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 4 trips in Colorado, and the most popular trips in the area are Women's Only Fly Fishing Trip guided by Ken, Gunnison River on the Fly guided by Chris, and Browns and Rainbows Walk-n-Wade guided by Ken.

Our guides in Colorado are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3184 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Colorado? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Colorado.

What types of fishing trips are common in Colorado?

River fishing is the most popular in Colorado.

The most commonly sought after species in Colorado are: 1. brown trout, 2. rainbow trout, and 3. cutthroat trout.

The most common fishing technique in Colorado is fly fishing.

How much does a Colorado fishing trip cost?

in Colorado prices can range anywhere from about $500 to $1,100, but the average price for a half day trip in Colorado is $660. The average price for a full day trip in Colorado is $823.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Colorado?

The most popular season for fishing in Colorado is summer, and most anglers book their trips 50 days in advance.

Do I need a Colorado fishing license and what are the bag limits in Colorado?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Colorado, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Colorado. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Colorado.

What is fishing in Colorado about?

Fishing in Colorado offers a diverse and exhilarating experience for both seasoned anglers and newcomers alike. With over 6,000 miles of streams and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs, the state boasts an abundance of fishing opportunities set against breathtaking mountain backdrops. Whether you prefer fly fishing in a babbling creek, casting for trout in a tranquil alpine lake, or angling for bass in a reservoir nestled among pine forests, Colorado has something to offer every fishing enthusiast.

One of the highlights of fishing in Colorado is its incredible variety of fish species. From the prized rainbow and brown trout to kokanee salmon, walleye, and even trophy-sized pike, anglers can test their skills against a wide range of fish. The state’s clear, cold waters provide optimal conditions for these species to thrive, ensuring a rewarding experience for anyone with a rod and reel. Additionally, Colorado’s commitment to conservation and sustainable fishing practices helps maintain healthy fish populations and pristine aquatic environments.

Beyond the thrill of the catch, fishing in Colorado is a chance to immerse oneself in the state’s natural beauty and serene landscapes. Whether you’re wading in a mountain stream, watching the sunrise over a glassy lake, or sharing stories around a campfire after a day on the water, the experience fosters a deep connection with nature and a sense of tranquility that draws anglers back year after year. Whether you’re a solitary angler seeking solitude or a family looking to bond over a shared outdoor activity, Colorado’s fishing destinations offer something unforgettable for everyone who casts a line into its waters.

What are the most popular months to go fishing in Colorado?

Fishing seasons in Colorado are as diverse as the landscape itself, offering different opportunities throughout the year for anglers to pursue their favorite catch. Spring marks the beginning of the fishing season in many parts of the state, as rivers and streams swell with runoff from melting snow, creating ideal conditions for trout fishing. This time of year also sees the emergence of aquatic insects, sparking lively hatches that lure fish to the surface and excite fly fishermen.

As summer rolls in, high-elevation lakes and reservoirs become more accessible, offering anglers a chance to target species like trout, bass, and kokanee salmon. Warmer temperatures bring increased activity among fish populations, making early mornings and late evenings prime times for casting lines. Summer also offers opportunities for family fishing outings and camping trips, as many of Colorado’s lakes and rivers are surrounded by scenic campgrounds and hiking trails.

Come fall, Colorado’s fishing season enters its golden period. As temperatures cool, trout become more active and aggressive, feeding voraciously to prepare for the winter months ahead. Anglers can enjoy vibrant autumn foliage reflected on the water’s surface while casting for trophy trout in rivers such as the Arkansas and South Platte. Fall is also a favorite time for fly fishing enthusiasts, as cooler weather brings about prolific insect hatches and increased fish activity. Whether you prefer the challenge of stream fishing in the high country or the tranquility of a quiet lakeside retreat, Colorado’s fishing seasons offer something special for every angler to savor.

What types of fishing are popular in Colorado?

Fishing in Colorado encompasses a variety of types and techniques, catering to different preferences and skill levels among anglers. One of the most popular methods is fly fishing, particularly renowned in Colorado for its world-class trout streams. Anglers use lightweight rods and artificial flies to mimic insects or small fish, presenting their offering delicately to the fish. This technique requires skill in casting and understanding of aquatic insect behavior, making it a favorite among those who enjoy the artistry and challenge of fishing.

For those who prefer a more relaxed approach, bait fishing is another widely practiced method in Colorado. This technique involves using natural or artificial baits such as worms, minnows, or prepared dough baits to attract fish. Bait fishing is accessible to beginners and families alike, providing a straightforward way to enjoy the serene lakes and reservoirs scattered throughout the state. Many of these waters are stocked regularly with trout, bass, and other species, ensuring ample opportunities for a successful day on the water.

Another exciting option in Colorado is spin fishing, which involves using spinning rods and reels with lures such as spoons, spinners, and plugs. Spin fishing allows anglers to cover a lot of water quickly and is effective for targeting a wide range of fish species, including trout, bass, pike, and walleye. This versatile technique can be adapted to various environments, from mountain streams to expansive reservoirs, offering anglers the flexibility to explore different fishing grounds and adapt to changing conditions throughout the seasons.

What species are popular for fishing in Colorado?

When fishing in Colorado, anglers have a diverse array of species to target depending on the region and type of water they choose to fish. One of the most sought-after species is trout, particularly rainbow and brown trout, which thrive in Colorado's cold, clear mountain streams and rivers. These trout are known for their fighting spirit and can be caught using a variety of techniques such as fly fishing with dry flies or nymphs, as well as spin fishing with small lures. Streams like the Arkansas River and the South Platte River are renowned for their trout populations and draw anglers from around the world.

In addition to trout, Colorado offers opportunities to catch other freshwater species such as kokanee salmon, which are landlocked sockeye salmon found in several reservoirs across the state. Kokanee are prized for their vibrant red coloration and firm flesh, making them a favorite target during their spawning runs in the fall. Anglers can target kokanee using downriggers, trolling spoons, or jigging techniques, especially in reservoirs like Blue Mesa, Dillon, and Taylor Park.

For those looking for larger game fish, Colorado's reservoirs and lakes are home to species like walleye, bass, and northern pike. These predatory fish provide exciting action for anglers using techniques such as casting crankbaits, jigging with soft plastics, or trolling with live bait. Places like Cherry Creek Reservoir, Boyd Lake, and Spinney Mountain Reservoir are popular destinations for catching these species, offering both recreational fishing opportunities and the chance to hook into trophy-sized fish. Whether you're after trout in a mountain stream or battling a pike in a reservoir, Colorado's diverse fishery ensures there's something for every angler to pursue and enjoy.

What are the best places to fish in Colorado?

Colorado boasts a wealth of spectacular fishing destinations, each offering unique experiences and opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. Among the top-rated spots is the Gunnison River, known for its Gold Medal waters where trophy-sized rainbow and brown trout thrive. Anglers flock to this iconic river for its challenging currents and breathtaking scenery, making it a prime destination for fly fishing enthusiasts seeking a memorable adventure amidst the rugged beauty of the Gunnison Gorge.

Another renowned location is the Fryingpan River, celebrated for its consistent hatches of aquatic insects and large population of wild trout. Situated near Basalt and easily accessible from Aspen, the Fryingpan River is famous among fly fishermen for its technical fishing conditions and the chance to hook into feisty rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. The serene surroundings and clear, cold waters add to the allure of this picturesque river, drawing anglers year-round.

For those seeking a high-altitude fishing experience, the San Juan Mountains offer pristine alpine lakes and streams teeming with trout. Places like the Animas River, located near Durango, and high-country lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness provide solitude and the opportunity to catch native Colorado cutthroat trout in a remote and stunningly beautiful setting. Whether you're casting from the banks of a rushing river or fly fishing in a tranquil mountain lake, Colorado's diverse fishing destinations promise adventure, tranquility, and the chance to reel in memories that last a lifetime.

Does Colorado have good fishing?

Colorado offers a unique and rewarding fishing experience amidst its stunning mountain landscapes and pristine waters. The state is renowned for its picturesque lakes, rivers, and streams that provide abundant fishing opportunities year-round. High-altitude lakes like Lake Granby, Blue Mesa Reservoir, and Dillon Reservoir are popular destinations for Trout fishing, including Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat Trout. These lakes offer not only excellent fishing but also breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, creating an ideal setting for anglers seeking both relaxation and adventure.

In addition to its high-country lakes, Colorado boasts numerous rivers and streams renowned for their fly fishing opportunities. The South Platte River, Arkansas River, and Gunnison River are famous among anglers for their challenging yet rewarding fishing conditions. These rivers are home to impressive Trout populations, attracting anglers from around the world who come to test their skills in some of the best fly fishing waters in the country. Colorado's diverse fishing environments, ranging from gentle streams to powerful river rapids, ensure that anglers of all abilities can find suitable fishing spots throughout the state.

Colorado's fishing community is vibrant and well-supported by a variety of resources and events. The state hosts numerous fishing tournaments and derbies, such as the Colorado Classic Bass Tournament and the Buena Vista Gold Rush Days Fishing Derby, which bring together anglers for friendly competition and camaraderie. Local outfitters, fishing guides, and fly shops provide valuable expertise and equipment to help anglers make the most of their fishing adventures. Colorado's commitment to conservation and sustainable fishing practices ensures that its fisheries remain healthy and accessible for future generations, making it a top destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking memorable outdoor experiences in the heart of the Rockies.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    This was my second trip with Ken and the first was excellent... but he still managed to provide us with another fantastic day. I had a novice fly fisherman with me but Ken put us on lots of brown trout, some rainbows and a rare Tiger trout. He is a great guide and I will use him again and highly recommend Ken to anyone of any level who wants to fish in Denver area.

    Simon S. with Ken R. of Littleton, Colorado

  • ★★★★★
    We had a fantastic day, caught four species of trout and I learned a lot from Ken. Will fish with him again for aure!

    Simon S. with Ken R. of Littleton, Colorado

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