Fishing Workshops On the Western Slope Summer 2018

I speak from experience when I say that I needed help with my fishing skills last year. Every year Rangely hosts a fishing derby and is a free event that families and friends can come together and trail lines in the water. However, if you're me, you're trying too hard, dangling too many lures on a line with bait the size a cat couldn't manage (I was going for the big one, all right?). Okay, I know I'm probably the only one who does that... Well I know I'm not the only one who can improve, so I rounded up some great resources for beginners and for experts to learn a skill, or figure out how to catch a specific species. Fishing workshops on the Western Slope are plenty, as you'll see here. 

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Fly Tying!

This fishing workshop is held at the Sportsman's warehouse in Grand Junction, April 28th from 1-3. This is a great opportunity to learn how to fly tye. This is a beginner's course to teach new tricks and techniques for fly tying. Instructor Rick Mancuso will guide you in how to get started in this unique fishing skill. Sportsman's Warehouse offers many other types of workshops so be sure to check out their events, they always have something going on. 

Ladies Day Out

This event is for ladies only but has four parts, one of which is perfect for getting the perfect cast. Ladies, this one comes up fast, so be sure to head down this Saturday (the 28th) to Cabela's in Grand Junction. You can also check out a bow, and add bow-fishing to your list of skills, as well as explore handgun basics and how to sharpen knives properly. This 2018 fishing workshop is sure to please. 

Outdoor Heritage Day

Photo Courtesy of  Outdoor Heritage Day

Photo Courtesy of Outdoor Heritage Day

This Saturday at Riverbend Park in Palisade is the annual Outdoor Heritage Day. A ton of events for kids and families are available, with exhibits and activities to teach boating safety, fishing, hunting, wildlife management, bow and firearm safety, gold panning, tying flies and watching wildlife. While not just fishing oriented, there are many opportunities for kids to learn basic skills, so come out for a day of fun from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Catch those Trout!

Photo by Michael Yero on  Unsplash

Photo by Michael Yero on Unsplash

This fishing workshop is another designed to help you with your skills but focuses specifically on how to catch rainbow, brown, cuts, lakes and brookie trouts as well as where to find these fun fish. Take a jaunt over to Sportsman's Warehouse on Saturday, May 12 from 1-3 p.m. and you'll pick up some new tips and tricks so you can head back out onto the water with higher success! 

Bow Fishing Basics


 Before I came to Colorado I had never heard of bow fishing but it is awesome and a ton of fun to do. Luckily, if you're inexperienced and want to help cut down on the growing carp population (they are not wanted in many waters due to their population threatening native fish), you can engage in this fun activity and reel them in with a bow. Make sport fisheries healthier and when you get your skills going, join in the Carpocalypse for a grand time afterward! This event is Saturday, June 9 from 1- 3 p.m at Sportsman's Warehouse. 

These are all that are listed for now, be we are sure there will be more, so check back with us, and we'll update you about more Fishing Workshops that you can take advantage of without trekking all the way across the state, stay right here in the wild and remote west, on the the slope!