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Fly Fishing Glenwood’s Rivers and Streams

With two rivers, the Roaring Fork and the Colorado, Glenwood Springs is nationally recognized for its fly fishing excellence. Year round, fly fishing is both possible and prolific. Some enthusiasts claim that winter, with the least amount of pressure on hatcheries, is one of the best times to cast away. The seasons, spring through fall are more typical times to fish the region’s waterways, but anytime you find yourself in Glenwood Springs is a good day to go fishing.

Colorado’s longest stretch of designated Gold Medal Water is located here in the Roaring Fork Valley, and there are additional stretches with the prestigious assignation nearby. Not only is the fishing world-class in and around Glenwood Springs, it’s easy to get to. In addition to ample riverside pullouts and parking, the 44-mile Rio Grande Trail that borders the Roaring Fork River from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail that follows the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon, offer multiple of locations for wading and shore fishing.

The area’s rivers are home to an astonishing number of brookies, browns, cutthroats, and rainbow trout. More remote small streams and high alpine lakes are scattered across the Flat Tops in the White River National Forest. Experienced, local fly fishing outfitters and guide services can answer questions, provide equipment and gear and personally take you to their favorite fishing holes.

Local Rivers
Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs
The Roaring Fork River flows from Aspen into Glenwood Springs. Although there are plenty of places between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs for wading and shore fishing, this section of river is best experienced by floating. It is known for its large rainbow trout and brown trout, averaging from 12 to 18 inches in length. During the winter months, this part of the Roaring Fork has a reputation for harboring some of the largest whitefish in Colorado. To float the lower river, launch your boat at Carbondale under Highway 133. Take out at the Westbank Bridge access or at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs.

Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon and Glenwood Springs
The Colorado River flows through spectacular Glenwood Canyon and the town of Glenwood Springs, then continues its westward journey. Within this stretch, referred to as the lower Colorado is a thriving population of rainbow and brown trout, some of exceptional size. Cutthroat trout are prolific the entire length, especially in close proximity to a tributary like the confluence with the Roaring Fork River or at the intersections of No Name Creek and Grizzly Creek. Many walk-and-wade sections of the Colorado are accessible along the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path, although consider putting in at the Grizzly Creek boat launch and floating to Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. It’s a leisurely float with just a few rapids along the way.

No Name Creek
Located just 1.5 miles east of Glenwood Springs on Interstate-70, this little stream that feeds into the Colorado is teeming with brook trout. At the exit, turn left and head up the road to the small parking area; from here hike along the creek to find your ideal fishing hole. The creek bed is sprinkled with rocks where trout like to hide. Spend a summer day coaxing them out along this scenic and quiet stream.

Grizzly Creek
This stream is located at the Grizzly Creek Rest Area in the middle of Glenwood Canyon and offers some of the best pocket fishing in the area. Park your car in the main lot to fish the section that spills into the Colorado River or in the upper lot and hike along the creek until you find a spot that meets your fishing requirements.

Roaring Fork Anglers
2205 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-0180

Glenwood Adventure Company
723 Cooper Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 877-346-4536 or 970-945-7529

Capitol Peak Outfitters
552 County Road 110
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-928-0723

Colorado Division of Wildlife