Lesser Known Fly Fishing Venues in South Park, Colorado

Lesser Known Fly Fishing Venues in South Park, Colorado

by Michele White
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Overview

The intention of this atlas is to relieve some of the daily fishing pressure that exists at the better known fly fishing venues: Dream Stream and Eleven Mile Canyon. Many anglers visit South Park to experience fishing our Gold Medal Waters (Charlie Myers State Wildlife Area, aka, "Dream Stream" and "Eleven Mile Canyon"). That said, there are four reservoirs in South Park with inlets and spillways and four major tributaries that comprise the South Platte River in the basin of South Park. The water above the reservoirs is recharged through run-off from the surrounding mountains and through springs and aquifers near the surface in the alluvial basin. The significance of the wild headwaters is that you can find wild resident trout year-round above the reservoirs.

When people come into my fly shop, I try to find out what their goal is for the day. Do they want to catch a grand big fish? Many fish? A variety of trout species? A shot at cutthroats? Pike? Are they fishing with a group of people? Do they have children or a dog? Would they like to hike or do they need to park next to a river? (Do they want to spin-fish, use bait, or keep a trout?) South Park offers multiple venues for a variety of fishing methods in South Park.

Prior to opening this shop, I was a geologist and GIS operator, which means I make maps using software. The back of my shop has a wall devoted to maps showing people where they are, orienting them to the region and the flow of the South Platte River, and showing a variety of options for their day. My maps have personal notes and colored lines drawn on them. People capture images of my maps using their cells phones. I began to realize that these maps in booklet form would be useful in diverting anglers to the Lesser Know Fly Fishing Venues of South Park.

Michele White, owner Tumbling Trout Fly Shop, Lake George, Colorado


NOTE: There are also public access fishing areas between Fairplay and Hoosier Pass up towards Alma, and also between Como and Boreas Pass. There are also 4WD roads to creeks. I didn't include them in this book because the South Park Basin seems to be an acceptable driving distance for people coming up for the afternoon. The trout species in the higher elevation headwaters include native cutthroat and brookies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781078779319
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Michele White is a retired geologist and bassoonist. She is currently a Certified Professional Fly Fishing Guide and owner of Tumbling Trout Fly Shop in Lake George, Colorado. In 1998, she transitioned from kayaking and rafting on the Colorado River to rowing a dory and fly fishing the great rivers of the west under her husband’s guidance. Doug White, (her husband, aka, “The Bun”), is also an avid fly fisher and geologist. Michele is a contributing editor for Mountain Gazette, (thanks to John Fayhee), and has been published in Discover the Outdoors, EQUUS, Fly Fishing World, Native People's Magazine, New Tribal Dawn, and The Aquarian.
Her books include:
• “Joe Schmo Can Catch a Big Fish”, self-published, 2020.
• “Between the Rivers”, with co-authors Al Marlowe and Karen Rae Christopherson, 2019.
• “Lesser Known Fly Fishing Venues in South Park, Colorado”, self-published, 2016;
• “Eulogies and Dead Horses”, self-published, 2016;
• “Colorado Mountain Dogs”, published by WestWinds Press - The Pruett Series, an imprint of Graphic Arts Books, 2014;
• "Comeback Wolves: Western Writers Speak for Wolves in the Southern Rockies", published by Johnson Books, 2005; and
• "Hell's Half Mile: River Runners' Tales of Hilarity and Misadventure", published by Breakaway Books, 2004.

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