Willowfly Anglers

ORVIS Endorsed Fly Fishing Outfitter
in the Colorado Rockies, offering
guided trips on the Gunnison River,
Taylor River and East River

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Willowfly Anglers
Three Rivers Resort
P.O. Box 339
130 County Road 742
Almont, Colorado  81210

(970) 641-1303
toll free: (888) 761-FISH


Fly Fishing Small Streams

When the big rivers are running high, there are a variety of options for fishing small streams and creeks.

Fly Fishing Small Streams
Fishing small creeks with bamboo and finding fish in the pocket water.

When the Gunnison River, East River, and Taylor River are high and tough to wade, it can be a great time to search out some smaller streams and creeks. During run-off and high water, the smaller streams will settle down sooner and the fishing really turns on.

As the season progresses, there are more places to explore to search out wild trout streams, including high country creeks which hold native cutthroat. Some creeks meander through meadows with lots of twists and turns, and they hold plenty of wild fish. You can also choose to hike up along a mountain stream and fish the pocket water for browns and brookies. It's a great time to get out in the mountains and see some spectacular scenery and wildlife. There are several moose, elk and deer sightings each summer.

Fly fishing small streams can be challenging and lots of fun. Shorter, lighter weight rods are the appropriate choice when you're hiking through brush and fishing creeks that in many situations are less than 10 feet wide. A 7' to 8' 3-weight or 4-weight fly rod (or even shorter and lighter) will do the job nicely, especially when short and accurate casts are required. Fishing a bamboo rod is a real treat on small creeks. There's nothing like hooking up and fighting a fish on bamboo. It is a truly unique experience. Bamboo rods in the 6' to 8' range are perfect for our small creeks.

Contact the fly shop if you're interested in getting out on a small creek for the day. Let us know if you have any preferences for the type or water (meadow streams, pocket water, etc.), or if you would like to experience fishing light tackle or bamboo. Plan on a full-day trip. The drive out to the creek could take up to 1.5 hours from our fly shop. Please call the fly shop to book your trip or if you have any questions about our guided fly fishing trips on small creeks.


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