dreamstime_xl_2294565Heading out for the day on the river comes with quite a bit of gear. It is important to plan our each Colorado fly fishing trip in detail before heading out. Those that plan last minute tend to forget gear that is necessary for the success and comfort of Colorado fly fishing trip. Aside from a rod and reel (these should always be the first thing you grab) there is a lot of other gear or accessories that need to be packed.

While fly fishing and gear fishing may be similar, the necessary gear is very different. Since it is the time of year with great weather, let’s talk about the gear you need to bring with you for summer fly fishing in Colorado:

  • Fishing License & Proper Permits: Without a fishing license and the proper permits you could face large fines for fly fishing in Colorado.

  • Sunscreen & Bug Spray: Insects and sun can be quite harsh during the warm weather months.

  • Polarized Sunglasses & Wide Brimmed Hat: Glare off of the water can be detrimental to the health of your eyes. Polarized sunglasses protect against this.

  • Clippers

  • Forceps

  • Fly Box

  • Leader Straightener

  • Tippet

  • Fly Net

  • Assorted Flies

  • Rod & Reel

  • Fly Line, Leaders & Tippet

  • Waders, Wading Boots, Gear Vest

  • Ice Chest: This is important if you are not practicing catch and release. An ice chest that is filled with ice will keep fresh fish from spoiling.

Summer, winter, and overnight preparedness for Colorado fly fishing trips is much different. To learn more about the gear and the accessories that you need for your upcoming fly fishing adventure in Colorado, visit Kirks Fly Shop. We can also help you find the perfect custom made flies to enhance your fly box!