The Perks of Fall Fishing in Colorado With Fish Rigs

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Ridgway Independent Guide Services Delivers Fun Fishing Experiences for All Ages

Ridgeway, CO (PRUnderground) January 29th, 2024

Fall fly fishing in Colorado is an incredible experience for beginners and veterans alike. Ridgway Independent Guide Services (RIGS) offers everything needed to explore the state’s diverse waters when the colors change.

RIGS provides drift boat and walk-wade fishing trips. These excursions include overnight options in the high country.

Many of our guided experiences are half- or full-day excursions in the heart of Colorado.

Autumn provides favorable weather and excellent angling conditions. It is a fantastic time to explore fall fishing in Colorado for the first or next time.


Fishing in Colorado in the fall is a fantastic experience! The changing leaves and crisp air make it enjoyable. Here are some fish you might want to target, whether on your own or with a RIGS guided experience.

  • BROWN TROUT: This species is active in the autumn months during the spawning season. Fly fishing in Colorado on the Gunnison and Fryingpan Rivers can be quite productive.
  • NORTHERN PIKE: If you like to pursue something toothy, try fly fishing at Spinney Mountain Reservoir.
  • KOKANEE SALMON: This fish transitions from silver to red in the fall as they head upstream. One of the best hotspots for them is the Blue Mesa Reservoir.
  • BROOK TROUT: You can find this feisty option in most high-altitude lakes or streams  in the state.

RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service offers guided multi-day fly fishing opportunities throughout the gold medal waters of Southwest CO and the Western Slope. You can also tap into our fishing reports for the San Miguel, Uncompahgre, Cimarron, and Gunnison to plan your day, weekend, or longer individual trip.


October is an excellent month for fly fishing in Colorado! The weather is cooler, which can be good for both fish and anglers. Trout become more active as water temperatures drop. Fewer crowds are out there compared to the summer months, delivering a more peaceful experience.

Different rivers and lakes have their own peak seasons, so it is a good idea to check local fishing reports. Respecting local regulations for spawning fish ensures everyone can plan a relaxing and productive trip.

RIGS provides guided fall fishing in Colorado, or the supplies and information needed for those who wish to head out to the water on their own. Although bites are not guaranteed, the wilderness along the state’s lakes and rivers is always beautiful.

About RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service

Based in Ridgway, RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service was founded in 2001 by Tim Patterson to help others embrace his unwavering love of fly fishing. Tim’s wife Heather is a fourth-generation Colorado native, and they have brought an incredible team together that share the same passion for outdoor adventures. Through partnerships with the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Colorado State Parks & Wildlife, each guest can explore diverse waters and personal experiences.

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