....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Destinations: Colorado River, Colorado We will jump aways from Yellowstone National Park for a while and feature some other western fly fishing destinations. The first one is the Colorado River, a very long river with great trout fishing from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountain National Park to near its exit from the state of Colorado.
You wouldn't think so, off hand, but most all of the river is a tailwater. In fact, it is several tailwaters because right outside of the Rocky Mountains National Park, the Colorado River is dammed more than once. It flows through a series of reservoirs.
Along the Colorado's way westward, it receives the water of several other notable trout streams and rivers in Colorado. Water from the Frazier River, Blue River, and Roaring Fork River are some that come to mind. The stream becomes rather large near Glenwood Springs and doesn't resemble the small, meadow stream it begins as in the park.
Instead of small cutthroats and brook trout, the stream ends up with lots of rainbows and large brown trout before it becomes too warm for trout. What is even more amazing about this river, it that all of its water is somehow used by man before it exits the country. They fight over it. The melting snow in the Rocky Mountains provides water for many dry desert areas of the Southwest.