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Canon City Day Trip


POC: Robin Schmidt, trips@colowomenflyfishers.org , 720-339-8879

Location: Canon City,  CO


  • Check out fishing locations, flies, reports and conditions: https://www.anglerscovey.com/where-to-fish/colorado-rivers/arkansas-river-canon-city
  • Nice to fish along the riverwalk trail, but not sure the fishing is all that great.  If we get cold or fishing is not good we are close to places to warm up, get a bite, etc
  • Grape Creek, Bear Gulch access from town: Turn Left at S 9th St, go 102 ft, Turn first right onto Elm Ave, go .3 miles, Take first left onto Co Rd 143 / Oar Creek Grade Rd, go 13.7 milesTurn right att Access Rd 6227 Bear Gulch, go 4.1 miles. Road can get a little rough but not too bad. Bear protection in this area is not a bad idea. Remote so be prepared and have what you need out there. 
  • Suggested access point: Parkdale state park site at the bottom end of Big Horn Sheep Canyon. Continue west through town of highway 50 for around 10 or 11 miles. Approaching the river from the east, Parkdale is the first spot where US 50 intersects the river. Parkdale be found on this interactive map: http://www.arkanglers.com/interactive-map
  • Bugs this time of year (Spring): Stones (esp Golden stonefly), BWO, Cranefly Larva, Caddis Larva, Eggs.
  • Suggested fly patterns for Spring: Pat’s Rubber legs #12, eggs, cranefly larva #8-10, Kryptonite Caddis, Sparkle Pupa, Graphic Caddis, Slim Shady Baetis,  two bit hooker. Small sizes #20-24 and more weight than you might think. 
  • Nearby Hot Springs
  • Great points of interest and interactive map of the Arkansas River area: http://www.arkanglers.com/interactive-map

Meet Location and Map:  Griffith Ave & 4th Street, Canon City, CO 81212 –  Centennial Park Map

Meet Time: 9:30 am

Fly Shops, Guided Flyfishing or Floats:

  • Angler’s Covey  – 295 21st Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, 719-471-2984



  • All guests of members must sign a release form before attending CWF trips. The guest must sign and bring the signed form to the trip meet location/time and provide to the POC before fishing with the club. Members can download the form here:  Acknowledgement of Risk and Release of Liability for Guests


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Centennial Park, Canon City
221 Griffin Ave
Canon City, CO 81212 United States
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