Breckenridge is home to some of the best fly fishing waters in the state of Colorado. With numerous rivers, streams, alpine lakes and reservoirs all within an hour of downtown, there’s a destination to match nearly all interests and skill levels. With so many options to choose from, knowing where to go and what the fish will be biting on can be a bit daunting. Luckily, the top local shops like Breckenridge Outfitters and Mountain Angler boast overly-knowledgeable guides ready to provide their expertise to anglers of all skill levels.
Your guides and outfitters can provide you with everything you need for your time on the water, including fishing licenses, rods & reels, waders, boots, water and drinks. Both shops offer very similar packages- here’s what to expect:
Breckenridge Fly Fishing Trips
Two Hour Intro to Fly Fishing Trips
Two Hour Introduction Trips are geared toward beginners, families and those looking to start a new passion. You’ll get an introduction to the elements of angling for trout with a fly rod in a laid back & fun environment. Learn the basic techniques of casting a fly-rod with demonstrations of several methods of casting while your guides assist with techniques to help perfect your form. Try tying basic knots and learn which types of insects we have in this area and the different types of tied flies we use to imitate them. Expect more talking, demonstration, casting and, yes, some time on the water fishing.
Half Day Fly Fishing Fishing Trips
A Half Day Trip is geared to those wanting to spend a bit more time on the water in the pursuit of trout while learning how to cast with a fly-rod. These trips will also include some more intensive instruction at the onset of the trip covering similar topics to the 2 hour, but will go into more detail. A lot of guests do the half day to get the basics down and have the opportunity to hone their skills.
Your guide will typically take you out to a more remote area in an effort to get to some water with a bit less pressure and to provide better fishing and some privacy. More time and instruction is spent on the water learning about presentations of flies and reading water while actively searching for feeding trout. Half day tours average around four hours on the water; the drive is not considered time on the water, so sit back and enjoy the scenery along the way.
Full Day Fly Fishing Trips
Full Day Trips are best suited for those who might have had some experience or some exposure to the basics, or those who are quick learners. These full-throttle guided trips offer valuable one-on-one time with a local expert. The morning will cover fine-tune casting and presentation instructions, and exposure and insights into the water you are fishing.
As the day continues, expect a relaxed riverside lunch break to allow you to take some time to enjoy the scenery and reset. Finish the day strong, and if the fish are hungry, you just might snag a few trout, earning you epic bragging rights.
Choose between walk & wade trips or float trips down the river. Float trips allow you to fish from a classic drift boat or whitewater/ fly-fishing equipped raft. Our local shops typically float the legendary Colorado River, which is famous for our great trout populations, a springtime Giant Salmonfly emergence and amazing mayfly hatches throughout the summer.
Lake Float Fly Fishing Trips
Seasonally offered, lake float trips are kind of like the chef’s special, the “ace in the hole” for early season Breckenridge fly fishing. They generally are offered from Spring to about mid-July, when the rivers are un-runnable or un-fishable in rafts. Guides use either comfortable power boats or Hyde drift boats to search for lunker Browns, Rainbows and Northern Pike. As with river floats, these trips are great for a casual day of trolling and casting in the sun.