Competition Venue Information
Rules to Note
- FIPS MOUCHE RULES - ARTICLE 28: COMPETITION FLIES
28.7. All flies must be dressed on hooks which are barbless. Pinched barbs not allowed.
- ARTICLE 30: PROHIBITIONS.
30.1. The following are prohibited:
(a) The fishing of competition sectors by competitors or their agents during a period of sixty
days prior to the official start of the event.
- During the bank competition (river, lake), the competitors may wade in their section. The competitors must always be in touch with the bank or bottom of the lake or river. Swimming is not allowed.
- Only simple monofilament leader of the maximum length equal to two lengths of the rod used may be used.
The Eagle River - Streamflow Information
This venue will be from Wolcott to Edwards on private land. There are public sections nearby that are open for practicing. Special thanks to Minturn Anglers for supporting our access to this water.
*Float or wade fishing thru the Eagle comp water is prohibited within 60 days of tournament.
The Colorado River Ranch- Streamflow Information
The ranch is located on the Colorado River Rd, 12 miles north of Dotsero, CO and is a private ranch.
Colorado River Ranch raises USDA Organic Grass-Fed Beef.
*Float fishing thru the CCR is prohibited within 60 days of tournament.
The Blue River - Steamflow Information
There will be a Blue River venue towards the canyon, accessed via a private ranch.
We are very fortunate to be given access to this world class water. Come prepared!
Sylvan Lake - fishing from a boat - Loch Conditions
Sylvan Lake State Park will be a high mountain boat venue. State Park & Wildlife regulations will apply.
The far end of the lake will be closed off for spawning activity with shore markers. Visit website.
Dillon Reservoir - excellent big water loch style venue. Staging will be parking lot near Dillon Marina. Completed in December 1963, Dillon Reservoir is the largest water storage facility in the Denver Water system. Dillon Reservoir's surface area of 3,233 acres and 26.8 miles of shoreline support many recreational activities.
The Eagle River – thru scenic Eagle County
The Eagle is a beautiful river especially in the fall. This is a medium-sized, freestone stream that averages 45-50 feet across. The wild trout, which are colorful and strong, combine with the spectacular scenery creating a magnificent experience. River is 5 miles from Vail.
Gore Creek - thru the Town of Vail
The Gore flows through the Vail Valley, and is almost all public. Classified as one of Colorado's Gold Medal Waters, Gore Creek is an excellent habitat for trout. With its crystal clear water, anglers can spot fish, and need to be quite stealth when approaching. The dry fly fishing is excellent. River is in the Town of Vail.
Colorado River - Lions Gulch and above to Cottonwood
The Colorado near Dotsero can be fished at and above the Lions Gulch camping area, 5 miles north up Colorado River Road. Cottonwood put in area is above this, a few more miles, for excellent fishing. River is 49 miles from Vail. **Float fishing thru the CCR is prohibited within 60 days of tournament.
The Blue River - public access areas only
There are two places to sample the Blue River's tournament water. First is the public drive/walk in off Trough road. The second is the public tailwater trails below Green Mountain Reservoir. River is 55 miles from Vail.
Black Lake on Vail Pass - still water practice
This lake is typical of the Loch Venues. Located 10,617 feet above sea level, there are no boat launches here, so practice is from the bank. Black Lake is on Vail Pass, I-70 exit 190, and can be seen along the service road. The lower lake is not typical of the loch venues. Lake is 15 miles from Vail.
Officers Gulch Pond - still water practice
Officer's Gulch is located mid-way between the towns of Frisco and Copper Mountain. If beginning in Frisco, proceed west on interstate I-70 for 2-3 miles to Exit 198. If beginning in Copper Mountain, proceed east on I-70 for 2-3 miles to Exit 198. There are no boat launches here, so practice is from the bank. Lake is 23 miles from Vail.