Fly fishing in Colorado doesn’t get much better than the opportunities presented by Grand County’s abundant resources. With 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs, a fishing trip to this particular area of Colorado will reward anglers of all levels of expertise. Trout and salmon are the most sought after prizes in mountain fishing and all through Grand County, lurking below the water’s surface you will find mackinaw and kokanee salmon as well as rainbow, brook, German brown and cutthroat trout.
Grand Fly Fishing
Grand Fly Fishing Company’s guides have 70 years of fishing and hunting experience. This will make your fishing experience in Grand County one to remember. They offer trips to the Fraser, Colorado, North Fork, Arapahoe Creek, Muddy Creek, North Platte and Rocky Mountain National park waters.
Contact them at 970-726-5231 for reservations or visit their website at Grand Fly Fishing
Colorado Fly Fishing Adventures
Our second recommendation for fly fishing trips is with Mountain Escapes. They cater to all age groups – beginners to seasoned anglers. Pick from full day or half day trips on the Colorado River or private ranches on either the Fraser River or Ranch Creek.
Contact them at 303-601-3727 for reservations or visit their website at Colorado Fly Fishing Adventures
Fishing on the Colorado River, the largest in the area and which begins in the Rocky Mountain National Park, is allowed within the park’s boundaries. The next stretch open for public fishing is from Shadow Mountain Lake Dam down to Lake Granby.
The Colorado River is joined by the Fraser River west of Granby. Public fishing begins at Hot Sulphur Springs, and then continues downstream for approximately four miles to the end of Lonebuck Campground.
The next public fishing stretch is from Parshall downstream to the end of the BLM Sunset property, approximately 3 miles. The river is classified as Gold Medal Water from Granby at Windy Gap downstream to the Troublesome Creek. The river contains some of the best rainbows and browns in the state.
The Colorado is an excellent river for spring nymph fishing, stoneflies, mayflies and caddis larvae.
The Fraser River begins on the west side of Berthoud Pass and flows north through Winter Park, Fraser and Tabernash, joining the Colorado River at Granby. Many smaller streams flow into the Fraser River before it goes into the canyon below Tabernash. The river through the canyon is classified as Wild Trout Water. It has a good population of wild rainbows, browns, brookies, and the occasional cutthroat. There is public fishing in the town of Fraser upstream to the bottom of Berthoud Pass with only a small amount of private property.
St. Louis Creek
St. Louis Creek begins at St. Louis Lake (very popular for hikers as well as fishermen), and joins the Fraser river at the town of Fraser. There are eight picturesque miles of stream available to fish with no special regulations and a good population of brook trout with some rainbows and browns. There are two public campgrounds on the stream making it a great place to take the family.
Willow Creek is reached by driving west of Granby to Highway 125. Follow the highway until you enter Arapaho National Forest. Public fishing begins here with the road paralleling the stream to the top of the pass. It harbors a good population of brookies and rainbows with some browns. There are no special regulations and several Forest Service campgrounds along the stream.
Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake & Grand Lake
The largest of the five lakes north of Granby (accessible from Highway 34), Lake Granby is a popular lake for boating, sailing and fishing. Famous for its mackinaws (lake trout), it also has good rainbows, browns and kokanee salmon. Connected by a boat channel, Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake also have a good population of the same fish as Lake Granby. All three lakes have marinas and supplies.
A very pretty quiet lake with no motors allowed on boats. Rainbows, browns and brookies can be caught with no special regulations.
Meadow Creek Reservoir
To reach Meadow Creek Reservoir, turn off Hwy. 40 east of Tabernash onto County Road 83 and take a left at the fork onto County Road 84. Follow signs 9 miles to the lake, which is also a popular place to camp surrounded as it is by heavy forest at 10,000 feet elevation. The lake is stocked well with rainbows and has wild brook trout.
High Country Lakes
There are many other lakes and streams in the area coming out of the high country, fed by melting snow and springs. Most are available to public fishing in the Arapaho National Forest.