Tag Archives: Fly Fishing

Lots Of Fly-Fishing At Sprague Lake In Rocky Mountain National Park!


We met a delightful couple yesterday  from Tennessee whose passion is fly-fishing. They told us that the rivers around here were raging and it was hard to fly-fish in waters that turbulent. They were looking for a more quiet area. We suggested the Big Thompson River below the dam at lake Estes…that was not running quite as fast.

Phil and I ended up going up to Sprague Lake for a short hike around the lake. I was dying to see a moose…and it was  a beautiful day!

We were amazed at the number of people who were fly-fishing in the lake. We could also see a few fly-fishing classes being held there, as well as many families with children. They must be there because the rivers are running so fast and Sprague Lake is the perfect place to go fly-fishing. The waters are shallow and calm and the views are gorgeous. It doesn’t get much better! I always love to see the children out fishing.

It was a very pretty walk, as always…but no moose! Maybe next time!



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Put Your “Used Fishing Line” In The Appropriate Containers At Lake Estes And Other Lakes

It breaks my heart when I see a bird tangled up in “used” fishing line, unable to get free. Sometimes they can get free and sometimes they are just too scared. We saw a Great Blue Heron with some used fishing line tangled around his beak back east on Cape Cod. He was unable to eat and too scared to let anyone help him. He could still fly, but his chances of survival were pretty slim.

So when I saw the “Used Fishing Line” containers at Lake Estes I thought they were a great idea. When fishermen finish with their line or it breaks, they can put it in these containers and not just throw it on the ground or in the water. This way the birds won’t get all tangled up.

With the lake thawed and the warmer weather here, I thought it be a good idea to show you what one of these containers looks like just in case you go fishing there or anywhere else. This one is between two trash cans so it is very easy to see. So, look for the “Used Fishing Line” containers and save some birds!

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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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