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    Itís been awhile since Iíve been on here. Iím headed to Denver for my honeymoon next May. Weíll be leaving at the very end of April and coming back at the beginning of May. Iíll probably have one whole day to fish, and I want to catch my first trout on a fly rod in Denver. Iíd prefer to catch Browns/Brooks since Iíve never caught one, also I donít want to drive to far since Iím not familiar with the area. I also prefer small streams, but Iíll try anywhere.

  • #2
    Couple Bits

    So a couple of things you need to know, first is that the weather will be either shirt sleeves or snow boots that time of year depending on the whims of the weather gods and your chosen elevation. Also if an early spring, run off can be a factor.

    For what you are describing I would recommend going to RMNP. High enough to be safe from even a very early run-off and offers lots of small streams. There are lots of other places to go, but the Park is not that far and your most expedient access into some really nice water and beautiful country. Your new bride may even want to come along just for the scenery. If she does, make a full day of it by taking a nice lunch and some drinks along - no food services in the Park. Then complete the trip with dinner in the Boulderado Hotel in Boulder.

    Come to think of it, the Boulderado would make a great honeymoon hotel if you do not already have arrangements. Or for the real experience, you could stay at the Stanley Hotel on the edge of Estes Park just out side RMNP. Nice town and puts you about a 20 minute drive from brook trout waters. BTW - brooks are considered an invasive species in the Park so you may have to kill them and eat them!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JOHNKIES View Post
      So a couple of things you need to know, first is that the weather will be either shirt sleeves or snow boots that time of year depending on the whims of the weather gods and your chosen elevation. Also if an early spring, run off can be a factor.

      For what you are describing I would recommend going to RMNP. High enough to be safe from even a very early run-off and offers lots of small streams. There are lots of other places to go, but the Park is not that far and your most expedient access into some really nice water and beautiful country. Your new bride may even want to come along just for the scenery. If she does, make a full day of it by taking a nice lunch and some drinks along - no food services in the Park. Then complete the trip with dinner in the Boulderado Hotel in Boulder.

      Come to think of it, the Boulderado would make a great honeymoon hotel if you do not already have arrangements. Or for the real experience, you could stay at the Stanley Hotel on the edge of Estes Park just out side RMNP. Nice town and puts you about a 20 minute drive from brook trout waters. BTW - brooks are considered an invasive species in the Park so you may have to kill them and eat them!
      End of April you will want to check the snow pack levels of the ranges that surround the streams you want to fish. Runoff will be completely dependent on snowpack and how warm it is in the week or two leading up to your trip. RMNP will be mostly closed until the beginning of June also due to snow pack so you may want to stick closer to Estes Park and fish around there as most of the roads through the park will be closed. The weather- Johnkies nailed it. Spring time in the mountains it is a complete mix bag of what you will get so pack for everything. If you like small streams you may want to check out Boulder Creek and Boulder Canyon. Close proximity to Denver and you can fish all the way from Boulder proper up into the mountains going towards Nederland. Either way, have fun and congrats!
      #JBNavy

      "Everyday is a new life to a wise man."
      -Chinese Proverb

      ďAt sunrise everything is luminous but not clear.Ē
      -Norman Maclean

      "We are what we hunt."
      -PH

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      • #4
        Call Jeremy, Owner of The Flies & Lies Fly Shop in Deckers, CO. He will flat out put you on fish on the South Platte!
        "If you aren`t fishing out West.... well you`re just plain fishing"

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        • #5
          RMNP

          In the Park many roads are closed, but typically the Park is open, you just can't drive in more than a few miles.

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          • #6
            Might not need to travel to far to find fish. Not sure of the regs, but worth looking into.

            Fishing in Denver
            Check out my personal Facebook page Tight Lines Joe of North Georgia and my Instagram Page Tightlinesjoe where I give tips on different tactics, stream reports and pictures of Georgia trout!

            Team Georgia Competitive Fly Fishing Team now has a Facebook Page and an Instagram Page . Check them out for great information, pictures and events!

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            • #7
              The Platte

              I lived in Littleton so spent several years within a few miles of the S Platte so I may be a bit jaded. But to be honest, the Platte almost qualifies as an urban fishery. If you want the best shot at a big fish, then yes, fish the Platte. But if you want a Colorado Mountain West experience, fish other locations.

              Dirty secret on the Platte where it flows into Chatfield Lake: The trout in the lake - all stockers - try to migrate up the Platte which can make for some crazy fishing putting even our DHs on opening day to shame.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FlickNdip View Post
                Might not need to travel to far to find fish. Not sure of the regs, but worth looking into.

                Fishing in Denver
                Holy crap!!! If you scroll down there is another page that links to the direct project page. The whole set up was created through grassroots efforts. Great example for us to follow in our own way here.
                #JBNavy

                "Everyday is a new life to a wise man."
                -Chinese Proverb

                ďAt sunrise everything is luminous but not clear.Ē
                -Norman Maclean

                "We are what we hunt."
                -PH

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                • #9
                  denver fishing

                  Like others have said you can fish Deckers or the dam in Estes Park. Water is always open there. maybe the Big Thompson will depend upon the weather for ice melting on the Big T between Loveland and Estes Park. Lots of open water water in Colorado depending upon runoff when it will start. St. Vrain would also be another place to check out or Boulder Creek.
                  former resident there
                  Fred

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                  • #10
                    denver fishing

                    Like others have said you can fish Deckers or the dam in Estes Park. Water is always open there. maybe the Big Thompson will depend upon the weather for ice melting on the Big T between Loveland and Estes Park. Lots of open water water in Colorado depending upon runoff when it will start. St. Vrain would also be another place to check out or Boulder Creek. Eleven Mile Canyon would be another place
                    former resident there
                    Fred

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                    • #11
                      I appreciate all the ideas. I would like to have a chance at catching some Cutthroat trout as well. Iíve been watching videos about RMNP, but you guys are saying it will still be closed? Is there anywhere else good? I was thinking about Clear Creek.

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                      • #12
                        RMNP

                        I will say one last time that RMNP is rarely closed - saw that once due to a big fire and heard of one other time when the approach highways to the Park were snowed shut during a big March blizzard. The road over the top of the Park is typically open 3 to 4 months a year but the lower elevations offer almost year around access to at least sections of the Park. And the lower sections have more water anyway and correspondingly more trout! The Park is there if you want a better mountain experience, but if you just want to catch fish, the Platte will work for that as will Boulder Creek in town, and St Vrain depending on run off.

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                        • #13
                          One of my buddies guides in Estes. He eats sleeps and swims like a trout. If you're u are looking for one let me know.
                          Check out my personal Facebook page Tight Lines Joe of North Georgia and my Instagram Page Tightlinesjoe where I give tips on different tactics, stream reports and pictures of Georgia trout!

                          Team Georgia Competitive Fly Fishing Team now has a Facebook Page and an Instagram Page . Check them out for great information, pictures and events!

                          New to fly fishing? Check out Monthlyfly.com For localized Match The Hatch Flies mailed to your door!

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                          • #14
                            denver fishing

                            The park is never closed it just depends on the amount of snow as to how far you can go. You can useally get to Moraine Park to fish. I've been there in November ,Dec all times of the year. It can be cold and windy.I fished at the dam in January once and it was so cold I tied a couple of midges on my line once. I lasted about 5 minutes and went home. I had Cabin fever and just needed to wet a line. The road goes from Estes Park to Granby is plowed in June depending upon snow pack.
                            Fred

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                            • #15
                              Estes Park

                              Saw a recent piece on PBS about Stephen King and the writing of 'The Shining' which was inspired by the Stanley Hotel on the east side of Estes. Story went that King and a couple friends drove out of Boulder one day just doing some site seeing and stumbled onto the Stanley. King was so intrigued with the place and the history that he tried to check in. But it was the last day of the season, all the guests were leaving and the staff was packing to go. But King pleaded and stayed there for a week. And if you recall 'The Shining' that whole scene should sound very familiar .................

                              A couple years before King's visit I was at CSU and fraternity social chairman looking for a place to hold our spring formal. Had the weekend of our formal not coincided with the Stanley putting in all new carpet we would have had our formal there. If you are in Estes, you owe it to yourself to talk a walk through the Stanley's lobby.

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