Fly Fishing Section

The Denver Fly Fishing Section promotes the aquatic habitat of the Colorado Rockies through the art of Fly Fishing. We are part of the Denver Group of the non-profit Colorado Mountain Club, the Centennial State’s top outdoor group.

The Fly Fishing section maintains its own web site. You can visit this site at This site lists all the rivers in Colorado, has a Colorado Fishing Atlas, helps you learn how to fish and tie flies and plan trips on an interactive wilderness map. The site also provides hundreds of Fly Fishing links to retailers, manufactures, stocking reports, fishing reports, stream flows and general information about all aspects of fly fishing.

The Fly Fishing Section offers schools, presentations by guest speakers, educational open form discussions, clinics, instructional trips, fishing trips, service projects and social events. To see a list of all the Fly Fishing activities and register, log on as a member to the CMC Calendar, select SPECIAL SECTIONS in the category field, and then click on the link icon in the upper right corner of the page. A list of all the Fly Fishing activities will appear. Select the activity that you want to participate in and register.

Look for Fly Fishing news in the Denver Group Newsletter of the Mile High Mountaineer (see the link on the left of this page, under Newsletters).

Fly Fishing School

The Fly Fishing School is designed for beginners but can be great for those with more experience. Basic information regarding knots, clothing, gear, stream structure, fish behavior, casting and fishing techniques are covered in this course. More Information.

Fly Tying School

The Fly Tying School is designed for beginners. The school consists of 2-4 classes with instruction on 6-8 widely useful flies. Emphasis is placed on techniques, applicable to many other patterns.. Tying equipment and materials are provided in the tuition.

Monthly Meetings with Guest Speakers and Educational Open Forum Discussion

The Fly Fishing Section meets monthly on the third Thursday from March through September. Our meetings start with an Educational Open Form discussion at 6:15 pm and follow with a featured guest speaker from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Clinics and Instructional Trips

Fly Tying Clinic: Fly Tying Clinic: In the off season, some of our more experienced fly tiers may offer evening seminars regarding specific topics or flies. The pre-requisite experience is Fly Tying School or the equivalent. Although instructional, the presence of tiers of different skill levels makes for good discussion and exchange of ideas. This is a great way to learn new skills at higher detail.

Fly Casting Clinics: These are offered periodically throughout the season to help our members improve their casting. They may cover general or specific topics relative to casting. The clinics are led by a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor with help from some of our very experienced members. Member feedback regarding these clinics has been good, and these are an excellent opportunity to improve your skills and line control.

Instructional Trips: During the season, more experienced members of our Section may offer on river instruction in specific areas or techniques. They may cover such topics as nymph fishing, dead drift, and dry fly fishing, to name a few. This is a perfect way to delve into details of different techniques and receive instruction from an experienced member.

Service Projects

Service Projects have included Stream Sampling, river cleanup, hosting wounded warriors and trail work to fishing destination.

Social Events

Periodically social events a held at local restaurants. Once each year in the fall the Section has a Pot-Luck-Social. Most of these social events are advertised to our section members via our section mail server.

Fly Fishing Trips

Our trip leaders schedule a variety of trip types. They include: day, camping, lodging, hiking, backpacking trips. Most trips are day trips from metro Denver with destinations which range from desert streams to alpine lakes. Camping trips destinations are usually destinations greater than 2 hours from Denver. For more comfortable accommodations on extended trips, lodging is reserved by the trip leader. A few of our trip leaders enjoy backpacking to remote wilderness destinations or hiking to distant alpine lakes.

Join the Fly Fishing Section in the Denver Group of the CMC

As a member of the CMC, there is no additional charge to join the Fly Fishing Section. For a CMC membership, click here. To join the Fly Fishing Section, send an email to [email protected]. When your registration form is returned we will include you on our Section Mail Server and send you a roster of section members. The Mail Server will keep you informed about trips, fishing reports, presentations, meetings, clinics, service projects and other related Fly Fishing activities. The Fly Fishing Section Roster provides a great list of fishing buddies, their skill level and interests.