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Anyone plan on bringing your fishing gear? I hear there are a couple local rivers and lakes that are fairly well populated with trout.

If others have plans on doing any fishing, I may just have to pack a couple poles!
 

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I always have my compact fly fishing pole Swissarmysuv and i were planning on fishing last year but time just didn't permit. License is pretty expensive as well..not sure about the Uncompahgre river in town that thing looks gross and flows pretty fast..... further down near montrose/ridgeway there are some great spots though. Black canyon on the gunnison river is supposed to be the best spot.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

I always fished the little stream west of TElluride with great success and its gorgeous!
 

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What is the cost for an out of state fishing license? Do you have to buy a trout stamp as well? (In Iowa we do)
 

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Anyone plan on bringing your fishing gear? I hear there are a couple local rivers and lakes that are fairly well populated with trout.

If others have plans on doing any fishing, I may just have to pack a couple poles!
Yeah, there definitely are quite a few excellent fishing spots in the area. I will be bringing my gear this year. As far as good spots go, it depends what kind of fishing you will be doing. Ill just assume you won't be bringing a boat...

Good rivers for fly fishing are the San Miguel, Cimarron, Delores, and Gunnison. I've been on the San Miguel and had a lot of luck. There are mountain creeks too if that is more your style. As far as lakes and ponds go for cast and fly fishing, there are some excellent options. The Alta lakes, Trout lake, Priest lake, and Silver lake around Telluride are good. Near Ouray, you will have the Blue lakes, Ptarmigan lake, and East Dallas lake. The latter lakes are all pretty small. I did some fly fishing on Alta lakes(small but BEAUTIFUL) and Trout lake (bigger) last year and had some luck.

Talk to the owners or employees at some of the small fly fishing shops in Ouray or Telluride. They have been a lot of help to me.
 

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What is the cost for an out of state fishing license? Do you have to buy a trout stamp as well? (In Iowa we do)
Out of state annual license is $56, but Im assuming you won't spend that much time fishing here, so you should get the 5 day license - $21, or the 1 day license - $9. There is also a one dollar SAR and PEAC fee. The license will also include a habitat stamp fee of $5. Each of these fees is necessary to fish/hunt in CO. You can also pay $5 for the option of using a second pole. You will probably spend about $27 total to fish for more than a day. There is no additional Trout stamp or fee. That is the majority of what we catch up there. Though I think Cutthroat trout are illegal to keep, but am not sure of this for all lakes/rivers. I doubt you will see any. I would recommend picking up a license, its a lot of fun up here.
 

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I did some fly fishing on Alta lakes(small but BEAUTIFUL) and Trout lake (bigger) last year and had some luck
Alta lakes is seriously the most beautiful place flyfishing is a bit hard those fish are smaaart!
Trout lake no luck until i went below the dam and caught 5 huge rainbows:D it was awesome!
 

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CUClimber is right on..there is a lot of fishing in the area. The 'Pagre near Ouray is pretty dead due to mining activity, but under the dam on the other side of Ridgeway there is great fishing, even through the middle of Montrose.
I'm in the area a fair bit in Summer and Fall to flyfish; if the runoff subsides by then, there is world class fishing to be had in many places. We were planning to NOT partake of trail runs so we could fish (although we are reconsidering that concept, as we can fish any time)
 

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YEp Black Canyon is the place below the blue reservoir.. it's supposed to be awesome its really not that far from Ouray either.
 

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.... We were planning to NOT partake of trail runs so we could fish (although we are reconsidering that concept, as we can fish any time)
If I was going, that would have been my plan...sign up for a trail or two then spend the rest of the time hitting some new waters.

If any of you guys are ever up here in Northern Utah(Heber Valley/Wasatch Back) get in touch with me and I will take you to some great spots. I live only 5 minutes away from the Middle Provo River(tailwater) and with about 10 more degrees increase in water temp. our Green Drake hatch will be in full force!! :rocker:

With all this talk about fishing I think will build a flyfishing/FJ thread in the near future. That way I don't hi-jack this thread up anymore.
 

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O.K., I live in trout fishing meca (as in 44# Brown trout) but love to fish in the Rockies. I am very familiar with SW CO, and I have to say this is world class fishing Meca with scenery unsurpassed. I have fished Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, WA, BC, and SW CO dogs them. Henson creek along Engineer pass is great as is Blue Lakes near Ridgeway. Native Cutthroats? Hard to find, but the San Juans are lousy with them.
The Wind River range in Utah may rivel this. There are other great sites-a microbrew will get you info. I am not local and will trade historic smallmouth trips or local trout info in AR for those in the know. Hell, I will provide a cabin here!
The license is cheap, you are supporting CO wildlife, so why hesitate?
I may require arm surgery which will reduce me to a caddy, so if you want some sweet fly fishing, e-mail mw at the summit @ [email protected]
 

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Fly Jester-just saw your thread- We have a lot in common. If you ever desire a trip to the mid West-let me know. The floods here have hammered the habitat, But if I hook you on Ozark smallmouths, you will be hopelessly addicted.
I'd be happy to support a trip for your family or friends.
Gary Thomas
 

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Anyone plan on bringing your fishing gear? I hear there are a couple local rivers and lakes that are fairly well populated with trout.

If others have plans on doing any fishing, I may just have to pack a couple poles!
I only signed up for 2 trails to allow for some extra fishing and relaxation time. If any one wants to hook up I plan on bringing my new fly rod to Ouray.
 

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i'd like to do some fishing while in ouray,i don't fly fish.i do have a new fly rig setup that's been sitting for two years,great time to learn.if you fly guys would like to give a newbie some pointers i'd go fishing with you.
 

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Fly Jester-just saw your thread- We have a lot in common. If you ever desire a trip to the mid West-let me know. The floods here have hammered the habitat, But if I hook you on Ozark smallmouths, you will be hopelessly addicted.
I'd be happy to support a trip for your family or friends.
Gary Thomas
Thanks for the invite Razor....I've fished for the smallies and buckets here in a few places...great fighters...especially hooking a bronze back on a fly rod...we also toss poppers for sunfish, stalk the elusive Tiger Musky, and get our rods and lines broken on big-ass carp. :bigthumb:
 

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Tony, the Ouray PD Chief from last year is way into fishing. If you see him this year I'm sure he'd love to talk fishing with you.
 

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telluride has a couple really knowledgeable folks working at their fishing stores there, right on main street they will know what the fish are hitting. I already know:D
 
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