Due to the historic flooding of most of the Front Range watersheds, you may be thinking "What now?" To give you some ideas, we've assembled this list of rivers that are still relatively close to home and will continue to fish excellent through the fall.
While time is the only medicine for many of our local favorites, this list should give everyone something to explore while we all wait for the rebound (which we believe will be sooner than people think!) If you need more information on how to get to the rivers in the list below, flies to use, or techniques to try, come by the shop and we'll point you in the right direction.
Also don't forget that our guides have been scouting relentlessly since the rain stopped. We are still doing 1/2 day, full day and overnight trips close to Boulder and around the state! If you want a great experience on the water while walking away with a better understanding of the techniques needed to enhance your fishing time, contact us today!
|Access: Private||Driving Time: ~2 Hours|
|Front Range Anglers has a townhouse available
for rent within steps of the Fraser river near Granby. With over ¾ mile of
private river access to chase wild rainbows and browns plus three ponds stocked
with rainbows and browns up to 24”, there is something for everyone. The townhouse
has three beds and three baths with a full kitchen, so it’s the perfect
destination for a group of friends or a family. Explore the local waters of the
Fraser or even use it as a base camp to explore the Colorado and Williams Fork,
both of which fish excellent in the fall. Call the shop to reserve.
Williams Fork River
|Access: Public||Driving Time: ~2.25 Hours|
|The Williams Fork is a great
tailwater option that often gets overshadowed by the Colorado. Since accessing
the river requires a short hike, many people skip it and just fish the Colorado
river at Parshall instead. With nearly two miles of river to explore, it can
keep you busy all day. Fishing the Williams Fork during the fall is especially
enjoyable as the the Brown bite really heats up and epic days can be had on a
dry dropper rig.
|Access: Public/Private||Driving Time: ~2.25 Hours|
|The Arkansas river is absolutely on fire right now and looks to continue fishing great through October. The FRA guide staff has been conducting incredible full day and overnight guide trips on multiple sections of private water in the upper Arkansas Valley. The upper Ark is also plentiful with public water options and this dynamic stream can offer some of the most epic dry fly fishing in the state. Call the shop to get more information on guided trips on the Ark, or stop in to pick up your hoppers and fall caddis patterns.
South Platte River (Dream Stream Section)
|Access: Public||Driving Time: ~2.5 Hours|
While the 3-mile section of the South Platte that runs through the Charlie
Meyers State Wildlife Area is a great option any time of year, it can be
exceptional in the fall. Large Browns move into the river from Eleven Mile
Reservoir during September to stage for
the spawn. September is a great time to target these large fish before the crowds
congregate in October during the heart of the spawning season. Another option
is to wait even longer and target post-spawn fish in late November and December. A streamer fished in the early hours of the day is a sure-fire way to turn a few fish!|