Rocky Mountain National Park
sampling of the waters we guide in RMNP:
Moraine Park - Big Thompson River
From its origins on the Continental Divide, around 12,000 feet in elevation, the "Big T" drops into Moraine Park at an elevation around 8,000 feet. The river meanders through this large picturesque meadow. It is also one of the few rivers in the park where you have a chance to catch a RMNP "Grand Slam" in the same piece of water: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Greenback Cutthroat. Moraine Park is also a popular spot for the park's Elk to congregate, especially in the Spring and Fall.
Horseshoe Park - Fall River
Following a similar path that the Big Thompson takes, but down a different valley, the Fall River starts high on the Continental Divide and meanders through a large meadow: Horseshoe Park. This river is dominated by Brook Trout and Brown Trout, eager to eat a well-presented fly. That is, if you are sneaky enough not to spook them.
Glacier Creek is a classic mountain trout stream, dominated by pocket water and pools. Its main trout residents are Brook and Rainbow Trout, with the possibility of a Cutthroat Trout in one of its seemingly endless number of pools. Access is easy, as the river parallels Bear Lake Rd., the road that takes visitors to one of the most visited parts of the park, Bear Lake.
Wild Basin - N. St. Vrain River
The North St. Vrain, on the south east side of the park, gets its start from a series of lakes around 11,000-feet in elevation. It plunges down into the Wild Basin part of the park, and babbles its way through beautiful wooded areas and meadows. Brook Trout and Brown Trout are popular species here.
Kawuneeche Valley - Colorado River
The mighty Colorado River's humble beginnings are located here, before its 1,450-mile journey down to Mexico. The Colorado is located on the western side of the park, where it is a bit more lush, as it collects more moisture than the eastern side of the park. You may also see a moose on this side of the park! It is a fun river to fish all around: lots of Brook Trout, the river is just the right size, easy to cast in, and easily accessible. Also, being on the western side of the park, it's does not get nearly the number of visitors that the eastern side gets, since the eastern side is closer to Denver and Fort Collins metro areas.
This stream on the western side of the park offers a fun, varying experience as a small stream. The stream meanders through open meadows, snakes through pine woodlands, and targeting fish in pools, pocket water, riffles, and undercut banks. Like the majority of the trout in the park, these fish are eager to attack a well-presented dry fly, as long as you don't spook them along the way.