Estes Park, Colorado

Located just outside of Estes Park, The Rocky Mountain National Park is home to the headwaters of three readily recognizable trout rivers: the Colorado, the Cache La Poudre, and the Big Thompson. Rocky Mountain National Park holds 150 alpine lakes and a web of rivers and streams. All told, there are perhaps 50 lakes and approximately 150 miles of fishable flowing water within the park boundary.

This is not a trophy trout fishery, but if you want to get away from it all and experience the wildlife, scenery, sheer beauty of all the Rockies have to offer, this is the place. The prize in the park is of course the Greenback Cutthroat trout, a native species that was nearly extirpated by 1937. The greenback recovery plans in place today are all leveraging brood stock discovered in the high lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1969. Brown, Brook, and Rainbow Trout are also available. In general, fish range from 8-12 inches with occasional 16-18 inch fish caught here and there. Fishing inside the park, is generally non-technical and a variety of subsurface and dry attractor patterns will get the job done.

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