Grand Mesa Area Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Grand Mesa, as this huge flat-top mountain area is called, rises to over 10,000 feet in elevation and is covered with forest and meadows and has over 200 lakes, creeks and streams. This area has long been a favorite for backpackers, campers and anglers. If you’re looking to wet a fly line in a dense grouping of various types of waters amid beautiful scenery at high elevation, then Grand Mesa is your spot. But do come prepared for mosquitoes. Fishing pressure can be heavy on the easily reached lakes and creeks, but for those willing to stray off the beaten track, fly fishing can be excellent. The Colorado Division of Wildlife stocks most of the lakes, but many also hold wild trout populations.
Wildlife such as deer, bear and elk are abundant and the terrain varies from semi-arid desert in the lowlands to lush pine and fir forest, aspen groves, meadows, bogs and rocky outcroppings on the mesa. Fly fishing and a visit to this unique and often forgotten part of the great Colorado outdoors can be outstanding. Types of Fish: Rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout, brookies and splake (brookie/lake trout cross). This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."