Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Fly Fishing Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park

 Today's Blog Post

We offer lessons and guide services in the Estes Park and RMNP (Rocky Mountain National Park) area.

RMNP is the third most visited national park in the United States, and the most popular in Colorado.  The park is nearly 450 square miles, with over 265,000 acres. The park is home to dozens of peaks over 10,00 feet, with Longs Peak being the highest mountain at 14,259 feet.

Expect to see amazing scenery, lots of wildlife (e.g., deer, elk, raptors), and catch wild trout.

 



Q: What waters do you target in Estes Park and RMNP?

A: Below, and in Estes Park, we offer services on the lower and middle Big Thompson. Inside RMNP, we target several small creeks/streams and the upper Big Thompson.

Q: I hear the fishing in the high alpine lakes is the best - can we do that?

A: Yes or maybe.  There are hundreds of lakes in RMNP, and most of them have trout.  Some lakes are an easy walk from the parking lot, while others present a moderate hike in.  Backcountry lakes, at elevations over 10,000 feet, and due to low human pressure, are known to be the best - but based on time, distance, and weather, they can be difficult to access in a single day.

Q: We might stay in Loveland or Estes Park - can we do a fly casting lesson one day, and then hire you to guide us the next day?

A: Yes.  We highly recommend the combination of fly casting lessons and guiding.  In fact, we can customize a fly fishing program for you, e.g. 1-2 hours casting instruction, followed by 2-6 hours of guiding (catching fish), on the same day or multiple days. 

Q: How long is a day of guiding and what are your prices?

A: We offer four, six, and eight hours per day.  Please see pricing information in the link below. 

Thank you for reading, and for more information on lessons and guiding:



Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Fort Collins Fly Fishing: North Fork of the Poudre River

Today's Blog Post

Q: I hear the walk in/out of the NFP (North Fork of the Poudre) is tough?

A: If you are in moderate shape, with little or no health issues, it's an easy downhill hike.  The hike backout (uphill), after a day of fishing, could be challenging (i.e., moderate/heavy uphill breathing - but plenty of clients have done it and it's worth it).

Q: How do you rank/compare the NFP?

A:  It's our favorite northern Colorado river.  

Q: Why is it your favorite?

A: No road/traffic noise.  Little or no people.  Beautiful scenery, wildlife, and the river is filled with wild trout.   
16 year old beginner, catching wild trout on the North Fork of the Poudre River


Q: About how many fish can I expect to catch, and what is the size range?

A: Depending on skill level, and length of time fishing, we've had clients catch up to 30 fish, and the average size range is 10"-14", with a few up to 20".

Q: What techniques will we use?

A: Nearly all techniques work.  Using fly rods 2wt-5wt, we regularly use tight-line and drop-shot nymphing, dry flies, dry-dropper, and downstream wet-fly swings.

Q: We might stay in Fort Collins or Loveland area - can we do a fly casting lesson one day, and then hire you to guide us the next day?

A: Yes.  We highly recommend the combination of fly casting lessons and guiding.  In fact, we can customize a fly fishing program for you, e.g. 1-2 hours casting instruction, followed by 2-6 hours of guiding (catching fish), on the same day or multiple days. 

Q: How long is a day of guiding and what are your prices?

A: We offer four, six, and eight hours per day.  Please see pricing information in the link below. 

Thank you for reading, and for more information on lessons and guiding: