Originally Posted by kg300
i would be flying into Denver. Looking to fish for wild trout preferably with a chance for cutttroat since I've never caught one. I wouldn't mind hiking a ways but am not planning to overnight.
You have a couple kinds of wild cuts, wild bows, wild browns and brooks, wild cut-bows, wild greenbacks and now some streams/lakes are selectively being managed for Greenbacks. They are all MAGNIFICENT. Although the greenbacks are just spectacular colors, my favorite are cut-bows. Know that some streams look great,...but have only brookies,...which would not be my target if I was going to CO.
Hiking is incredible. All kinds of well maintainted trails. Know that the moose can be very dangerous and are prolific on certain streams and while walking along the bank you don't see them in the brush until you almost step on them,...which is NOT good.
For these reasons and more I would also recommend a guide. I know and highly recommend a couple so let me know if you want their contact information.
RMNP(rocky mountain national park) is also a GREAT side trip. you can fish there(but it does see some pressure) and also take hikes/horseback rides to high country lakes. Once you have been to those high country lakes, surrounded by the granite walls, alpine meadows, stunted pine thickets and an occasional stand of bristlecone pine, you may wonder why you did not do this 20 years ago. It is that good.