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Fly Fishing Cochetopa Creek Colorado
Cochetopa Creek is a small stream about 39 miles long
that's a tributary of Tomichi Creek. Most of Cochetopa
Creek is what's best described as a meadow stream that
lies in wide-open country. It has a good population of wild
rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. Fly fishing Cochetopa
Creek provides anglers the ideal small stream, dry fly
conditions for much of the season.
Cochetopa Creek has always been thought to have a lot
of private water and it does, but there's also plenty of
public water you can fish. Coleman Ranch and Synder
Ranch, now offer access to eight miles of the stream with
"catch and release" and artificial flies and lures only.
That, in addition, the tributary streams Chavez Creek,
Stewart Creek, Los Pinos Creek offers plenty of fine small
stream fishing for cutthroat and rainbows.
Like many other Colorado trout streams, Cochetopa
Creek is just about impossible to fish during runoff which
usually occurs during May and June, but by the first of
July, the stream is usually in prime condition. Fishing
continues to be good throughout the Fall months.
We have fished this stream on three different occasions
are were very successful each time. One trip that took
place in April before the runoff started produced more
success than the other two in July and August.
Although Cochetopa Creek isn't thought of as a aquatic
insect factory, samples of the larvae taken from it showed
right the opposite. There were lots of insects including
several different species of caddisflies, mayflies,
stoneflies and midges along with some crustaceans,
sculpin and baitfish. The Pale Morning Dun hatches in
July were huge.
The fish average a smaller size than the big nearby
streams but there are plenty of them and based on our
experience, the action was constant.
The trout season is open year-round.
Springtime is good except during the runoff which occurs
from mid May to mid June but varies depending on
Summertime is the best time to fly fish the creek.
Autumn is also a good time for fly fishing Cochetopa
Fishing during the winter may be good on nice warm days.
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