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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-30-2017, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Denver, CO area trout fishing

I mostly lurk down in this forum for the great stories and pics which I really enjoy, but figured I throw this out.

In a couple weeks my 13 year old son and I will be heading to the Denver area for 5 days of trout fishing. It's a total DIY trip. He's becoming quite the fly fisherman. I'll be chucking spinners, small Raps and bubble gum worms when we're not on special regs waters.

I've got a buddy in Frederick we'll be staying with for a few days who will get us on some areas of the Platte around Denver and then we're planning to head into Rocky Mountain National Park.

Any of you guys who may have fished out that way have any suggestions for "must fish" waters within, say, 2 hours of Denver? He's in much better physical shape than me, so moderately challenging hikes/wades aren't out of the question for us.

Any good practical/general advice for fishing out west?
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If you can get access, anywhere on the Platte River (North of Denver) is a "must fish" to me. Also West is the Frying Pan River but that may be more than 2 hours IIRC. Good luck.
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Thanks Kudu. We will definitely be on the Platte. Have to check out the Frying Pan to see where it's at in relation to where we'll be.
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Goggle Anglers Covey fly shop in Colorado Springs. Their website has a great "where to go" that outlines all the creeks in the region.
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DDX, thanks. That's an excellent resource.
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Blue River near Dillon




And you'll have a blast in RMNP its gorgeous make sure you fish some of the streams with Greenback Cutthroats
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Here is another great website. Has Colorado & PA wild trout streams.
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Blue River near Dillon




And you'll have a blast in RMNP its gorgeous make sure you fish some of the streams with Greenback Cutthroats
We are going to fish the Blue River towards the end of our week there.

I was doing some reading on fishing within RMNP and they've got super strict regulations on treating waders and equipment before you come into the park and fish. Do you have any experience with how strictly that's enforced? I mean how do they know if you put your waders in the freezer?
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In Rocky Mountain Park and some other places in CO the streams are at high altitudes.

If you are not familiar with altitude sickness, do some reading online about it before you go.

When planning your trip, it's best to fish and hike etc. in lower altitude places in the first few days.

Then if you want to explore higher altitude places, do that in the later days of your trip.

Because your body adjusts to the higher altitude by producing more red blood cells. And even though you won't get fully acclimated in 5 days, even in 2 or 3 days, you will feel an improvement in that time.

And just don't push the altitude thing too much. Listen to your body, as the saying goes. If you're getting bad headaches etc., return to lower altitudes.

In Rocky Mtn Park, there are some streams in the lower altitudes (low for RMNP) and we had OK fishing there.

But we also hiked into higher elevation streams. We were fishing at over 9000 feet and the furthest up we got the stream was over 10,000 feet.

And by the time we got back to the car we were really exhausted and not feeling well at all.

That was pushing it too much. Not really safe. We then went to southern CO and fished some streams down there, which were at lower elevations (for CO).

Near the end of the trip we went back to RMNP, and hiked up to the same streams at over 9000 feet, and briefly over 10,000 feet. This time, because we had been in CO for about a week and had got acclimated to some extent, fishing at that altitude was not so bad. I felt much better.
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Last year I caught a ton of browns out of the Arkansas River west of Pueblo.
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