Although we aren’t very close to Munich, Germany, and we really might not be celebrating the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I, and Princess Therese; our Oktoberfest held here in Breckenridge definitely holds it’s own against the big event held in old mother Deutschland since 1810. One of Breck’s premier outdoor events, the Oktoberfest event held on Main Street is not only a tribute to the Bavarian culture, but also a celebration of our Colorado high-country transition from our perfect summers into our beautiful gold-leafed quaking aspen autumns.
Our generally adult-oriented three day event takes place on the weekend of September 13-15. This year’s event features a dedicated kid’s zone, providing families with a fun way to spend the day together. It is truly a must-attend event that is totally worth shutting down Main Street in Breck. Following most of the true traditions of Bavaria there is always an over-abundance of German beer, bratwurst, polka bands, and laughing, singing, smiling, dirndl-clad ladies and lederhosen-clad gentlemen enjoying the day.
Whether this is your first time to our “Brecktoberfest” or you are one of the many who make this a yearly pilgrimage, you might want to go out and do something in the morning, as drinking on Main Street doesn’t start until 11am. Most visitors start their day off with a nice hike or mountain bike ride on one of our very well maintained local trails, but for some of us here in Breckenridge, we kick off our festive weekend with a short fly-fishing trip. How does this tie into Oktoberfest? Many people do not know that Brown trout were actually introduced to North America from Bavaria in the late 1800’s. Quite commonly anglers refer to these brown trout (Salmo trutta) as “German browns.“ So with this in mind why not adjust your Oktoberfest weekend to seek out a few of these now plentiful transplanted trout on fly rods?
Not only is fishing for all of our species of trout found in Colorado going very well right now, the brown trout are gearing up for their upcoming spawn. This means they are now on the move and protein/carbo-loading along their journey for their upcoming spawning marathon which should begin in a few weeks. This creates abundant opportunities for anglers throughout the high country of Colorado.
Don’t worry if you have never fly-fished before or don’t have all of the gear. The basics of the art and skill of fly-fishing are easily and quickly learned under the patient direction of our local instructors and guides, and we have all of the gear necessary for your success. Just get in touch with Jackson Streit at Mountain Angler, or Ned Parker at Breckenridge Outfitters to coordinate the perfect half-day guided trip to add to your experience of the Brecktoberfest weekend. The goal is to get you out on the water and on the fish as soon as possible. The guides will definitely want to get you back to the Oktoberfest party as soon as the polka bands get tuned up and the first keg of beer is tapped. We look forward to joining our guests in trading waders and fly-rods for lederhosen and bier steins and drinking a toast to catching some trout in the beautiful Rocky Mountains around Breckenridge.
Being of a Scottish descent and being completely comfortable in my kilt; I might slip up and say “slainte.” However, give me a full stein of bier and I will happily say “Prost” and join you in a polka.
About the author:
Keith McHugh is an Orvis Endorsed fly-fishing guide based out of Breckenridge. For the past 10 years, he has provided his guests with lots of laughs, a lot of experience, lots of memories, and yes, some trout caught on a fly rod. Originally from Georgia, he has been fly fishing since about the age of 12. If you have any questions about Breckenridge area fly fishing, try him @RaddyGuide