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