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FREE Fly Fishing Classes at Yampa River and Elkhead State Parks

Randy Hampton
Northwest Region Public Information Officer
970-640-1647 /


Yampa River State Park - photo credit Vic Schendel
CRAIG, Colorado - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering two, free courses teaching the basics of fly fishing at state parks in Northwest Colorado this month. The course will teach participants the basics of equipment, knots, and casting technique through dry-land casting practice. CPW is providing all the equipment so the only requirements are a state parks pass and a desire to learn. 

Participants can bring their own fly fishing gear or borrow some for the evening. All equipment will be sanitized prior to use. Participants are required to bring a face covering and social distancing rules will be observed. Participants need to bring their own outdoor chair. To encourage individual learning and provide safe social distancing, classes are limited to the first 20 registered participants.  
The class at Yampa River State Park will be held at the Visitor Center (6185 U.S. Hwy 40, between Hayden and Craig) on Friday, July 17 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration for the Yampa River State Park “Intro to Fly Fishing” course can be found online at
The Elkhead Reservoir State Park class will be held near the main boat ramp on Friday, July 24 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Anyone interested in the Elkhead Reservoir event can register online at
For more information on either event, contact Yampa River State Park at 970-276-2061. 
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CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.
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