Snake River: Fly Fishing
The Snake River that flows through Keystone is a great place to do some fly-fishing and catch some trout. This pristine river offers stunning views and peaceful areas to practice your skills. Fishing in Keystone mainly catch-and-release. The nice thing about the Snake River in Keystone is that it is easily accessible. Oftentimes you can walk to the river from your condo and in the late spring you can ski/board at one of the local resorts and then head on over to the river for some fishing in the afternoon. Another nice bit about Keystone is that you can always walk over to the local restaurant or bar and enjoy some après fishing beverages or a nice dinner (if you didn’t catch anything). Keystone usually stocks the river with healthy Rainbow trout and the natural Brook Trout population makes this a great place to fish. Many of the areas throughout Keystone are quiet and seldomly used, allowing this peaceful area to be a little sanctuary. The river is generally lined with large trees making you feel isolated from civilization only if it is a short walk away.
Another great place to fish on the Snake River is the inlet to Dillon Reservoir (just off Highway 6) and up in Montezuma. The high altitude and naturalistic isolation attracts fishermen and lovers of nature. There are loads of ponds, some fairly large, which contain Brook Trout. You’ll need a 4WD or high-clearance vehicle. The roads follow the Snake River and Deer Creek a good part of the way. It’s not difficult to hike up to the various ponds. There are even some higher-altitude lakes. One, Chihuahua, has Colorado River Cutthroats and they’re a pretty healthy size. This does demand a hike as the lake sits at over 12,000 feet in elevation. The Natural Forest Lands are up here and provide some bountiful catches and beautiful scenery.