Fly Fishing Basics – Part I: Picking the right gear

Join us as we talk fly-fishing basics, and learn exactly what equipment you'll need for your next Colorado fly fishing adventure.

Between great local fishing supply stores and a number of low-cost fly fishing outfits available online, there’s never been a better time to take up fly fishing. Howard Horton, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Angler Outreach Coordinator, dispels the myths that prevent many from trying fly fishing. Learning to fly fish does not have to be expensive or intimidating. Howard walks through gear selection and rod setup, showing you exactly what you’ll need to get out on the water without breaking the bank.

Video: Fly Fishing Basics Part I – Picking the right gear

Next Lesson – Part II: Fly Selection for Colorado

Now that you’ve got the basics on gear selection it’s time to pick some flies. Watch Part II: Fly Selection for Colorado to guarantee a great fly selection for your next fishing adventure.

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​​Fishing in Colorado equals opportunities to catch some 35 speci​es of warm-water and cold-water fish. You can fish for a rainbow trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. Colorado offers everything in between, too. Choose to fish anywhere in 6,000 miles of streams and more than 1,300 lakes and reservoir​s. 

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3 Responses

  1. Excellent Video Mr. Horton! Your explanation of each item was spot on and understandable. Oh, the camera guy (sorry I don’t remember your name) did excellent also. Nice close ups!!

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