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Taking The “C” Out Of Fly Fishing.



We went on a walk around Lake Estes in Estes Park, Colorado yesterday.  It is a very beautiful walk around the lake with elk, high snow-capped mountains, birds, wildflowers, kayaking, biking, running and fly fishing.

We always seem to stop at the same places along the lake to look at our favorite views.  No matter how many times we walk around the lake, it seems like the first time and it is spectacular.  And to think it is only 1 mile down the road from us.  Many people walk around the lake and everyone has different types of interests.

Yesterday, we stopped a the bridge to watch the fly fishing.  I do not fly fish (even though I talk about trying it probably hundreds of times).  I have so many other interests that sometimes it is very difficult to fit in a new interest… especially one that has be learned and practiced.

But this time it was different.  We heard some noise above the rushing waters of the Big Thompson River.  Usually all you hear and see is the fisherman, the casting of the rods and the birds flying by.  As I looked down, there was a fisherman casting with a cell phone up to his ear.  He wasn’t even paying attention to what he was doing.  His casting motion was just by memory and he was more interested in his phone call as his voice became louder and louder.

Is the cell phone that important?  Do we need to keep it on when we go out in nature?  If so, stay at home and yap on the phone all day.  There is no use for a cell phone when you go out and experience nature.  Take is with you for safety purposes, but don’t get the urge to answer it.

Let’s take the “Cell” out of fly fishing and let me enjoy watching you cast your rod against the raging river.

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They Were Still Fly-Fishing By The Dam On Lake Estes In The Gorgeous Weather Last Week



It’s the first week of October and I still have not put on a winter jacket. I’ve put on my spring jacket only a couple of mornings when it’s been a little chilly and then I take it off by 10:00am. The weather has been just spectacular! The town has been crowded with Elk Fest people and RMNP autumn leaf peepers and this weekend is the Surprise Sidewalk Sale. It’s just nice to be outside.

I was walking around Lake Estes and there were so many people fly-fishing by the dam,. I just had to take a picture. It looked like summer!

The weather forecast looks to be warm for a while longer, so come on up and enjoy this gorgeous mountain town and national park!

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Greenback Cutthroat Trout At Sprague Lake In Rocky Mountain National Park



Each year at about this time we see these Greenback Cutthroat Trout at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park! We never see them in the lake itself but on the little stream that flows into the lake. There were quite a lot of them there yesterday.  They are very colorful with bright red on their fins. I think I got a pretty good picture of them in the little stream.

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The Fishing Has Begun On The Big Thompson River In Estes Park



The banks of the Big Thompson River by Lake Estes were pretty crowded with fishermen trying to get that elusive fish.

It was so nice to see with the river melted and the fishermen so excited about being out there! And…the views don’t get much better!

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The Views From The Handicapped Accessible Fishing Pier At Lake Estes Are Unbelievable!




The views of the Rocky Mountains don’t get much better than from the handicapped accessible fishing pier at Lake Estes. It is easily accessible with a parking lot a short distance away and a paved trail to the pier and also all around the lake. The views don’t get much better!

In the summer the pier is mobbed with people eager to catch that elusive fish. Have you ever been to Lake Estes in the summer and seen all of the fisher-people?


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There Are LOTS Of Big Cutthroat Trout At Lily Lake In RMNP



There is so much to do at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park this time of year. Each time we go there are so many new things to see wildflowers, birds, wildlife….and the list goes on.

This particular day I was looking down at the water and the lake was swarming with Cutthroat Trout. I wished I had my fishing pole…or a fishing pole. They were everywhere.

Fishing at Lily Lake is “catch and release” only so these guys grow pretty big. You will see people fishing from the shore and from their inflatable rafts. What a gorgeous place to go fishing.

In the first photograph, the fish are about 15″ long. The second photograph shows how many are in a 2-3 foot radius. It was just amazing!

Have you ever been fishing at Lily Lake or anywhere in Rocky Mountain National Park?



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The Fly-Fishermen Are Enjoying The Abundant Fish At Lake Estes



First of all, it is amazing that Lake Estes has not had any ice on it in weeks now. It has been so warm! It hit 76 degrees the other day and has consistently been in the 60s and 70s for quite a while.

Secondly, I have never seen so many fishermen down at the lake. Every time I go down there I can see fishermen everywhere.

A few days ago Phil and I were taking a little stroll, looking for some new birds. When we looked over at The Big Thompson River (before it empties into Lake Estes), we could see the fish literally jumping out of the water. I wished I had a fishing pole with me. Wow!

We passed a little boy out fishing with his Dad and they had caught quite a few fish. The little boy was grinning from ear to ear.

I took this photograph in my favorite “photo op” spot down by the bridge, looking back at the mountains. This particular fishermen was in the right place at the right time. When I walked back a little while later he was gone.

What a spectacular place to go fly-fishing!




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Cutthroat Trout At Sprague Lake In RMNP Were Huge!



The weather this fall has been just glorious…sunny and warm! It makes you want to stay outside all day long!

Phil and I took a walk around Sprague Lake last week and were looking  in the water and saw these fish that were easily 24+”  long! They were huge and there were a lot of them. I looked in the book and think they are the Cutthroat Trout.

We’ve been up there hundreds of times and  have never seen fish this big. We always wondered what the fly-fisherman were trying to catch. Well, now we know. These guys were huge and everywhere!

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Fishing At Lake Estes And RMNP Is Very Popular!



Fishing, especially fly fishing, is very popular here in Estes Park and Rocky Mountains National Park. You can always see people standing along the shore or settled in their beach chair with a picnic nearby. You can even see someone occasionally catch a fish!

Earlier this summer, Phil and I found a Cormorant (large black water bird) who looked like he was tangled in some fishing line and couldn’t get free from the rocks. We called everyone that we knew and eventually got some help.

Lake Estes has special containers to dispose of your used fishing lines. Make sure that when you go fishing that you dispose of your fishing lines properly so that the birds and animals cannot get tangled up in them.

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You Report It In Estes Park Or RMNP Is For Everyone To Use And Enjoy!



On the Enjoy Estes Park Cell Phone App there is a new section called, “You Report It!” It is for everyone who lives in Estes park or is visiting Estes Park or Rocky Mountain National Park to report on anything they see or do. There are many categories to choose from: Birding,  Wildlife, Fishing, Wildflowers, Hiking, Climbing, Snowshoeing, AT Skiing, Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, Estes Park, Real Estate, RMNP Photos and Estes Park Business Reports.

Many people who come in to town want to know where to see some elk or Big-horned sheep, or where to go fishing or birding, or what hikes are favorites, etc. This is your chance to report on anything that interests you or you think others will like. It is a great way to share information.

So next time you see an elk or a beautiful wildflower or take a spectacular hike or get that beautiful photo in RMNP, go to www.enjoyestesapp.com and Report It! You will have fun and eveyone who reads about it will have fun learning about Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park!

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