CMC's Denver Fly Fishing Section
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join the Colorado Mountain Club?
Can members do more than fly fish?
What exactly is the Colorado Mountain Club?

How do I join the Colorado Mountain Club?
The Fly Fishing Section is part of the non-profit Colorado Mountain Club (CMC). Click on the club’s Membership page to find out how to join. Then attend one of our meetings or email the Fly Fishing Section.

Can members do more than fly fish?
Our organized interests range from local nature walks to international expeditions in remote regions. Check out the Upcoming Events link.

What exactly is the Colorado Mountain Club? The non-profit Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) is one of the largest outdoor recreation, education and conservation clubs in the country. We sponsor more than 3,000 activities per year and advocate to preserve Colorado's wild regions.

What's the Fly Fishing Section about? Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and preservation of aquatic habitat in the Colorado mountains. CMC-certified leaders host fishing trips throughout the Rockies.

Do you offer fly fishing instruction? Annual fly fishing and fly tying schools plus monthly clinics and seminars are held. Both schools are aimed at beginners. Advanced tying courses may also be offered.

Where are meetings held? We meet in our Golden headquarters from March thru October on the third Thursday at 7 pm. Meetings, composed of a main speaker and seminar, are open to all.

CMC State Headquarters
710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401
Telephone: (303)279-3080
Email: Denver FF Section

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What's required and recommended on trips?
They are the following:
  • Required skills are the basic cast, the roll cast and tying knots to attach leader, tippet and flies.
  • Required equipment is a fishing license, fly rod, reel, line, leader, tippet, flies, sunglasses and hat.
  • Completion of the CMC Fly Fishing School, or equivalent courses and experience, is recommended.
Can beginners or guests go on trips? That depends on the Trip Leader. All participants must possess the gear and skills listed above.

What are fishing trips like? Most excursions are day trips from metro Denver. Destinations range from desert streams to alpine lakes. Some involve camping or backpacking.

Trip Descriptions

Colorado Alpine Fly Fishing - consists of forays to elevations above 8000 feet. Destinations include Rocky Mountain National Park, the upper Colorado and Blue Rivers.

Colorado Wilderness Fly Fishing - trips into the backcountry include beaver ponds, remote portions of the Gunnison River and myriad mountain lakes.

Colorado Winter Fly Fishing - consists of day trips to Front Range tailwaters such as Waterton Canyon, the Blue River and the Arkansas River in Pueblo. Coloradans fish year-round.

Fly Fishing Service Projects - range from stream cleanups and trail improvements to assisting the Colorado Division of Wildlife with electroshock studies. Healthy ecosystems require our time and efforts.

Front Range Fly Fishing - trips travel throughout the Ft Collins-Denver-Pueblo corridor. Our destinations include Cheesman Canyon, Sawhill Ponds, Clear Creek, lower Arkansas and Big Thompson Rivers.
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