Fishing is an activity that comes with no guarantees; some people walk away so empty-handed that the entire sport feels like a bait and switch. But that doesn’t have to be the case; when it comes to Estes Park, the Twin Owl Steakhouse isn’t the only place to find great fish

In fact, the mountain rivers of Colorado can be a flyfisher’s paradise, as long as you know a few tips. If you’re looking to tackle a good time, consider the following:

Try Kirk’s Flyshop 

Kirk’s Flyshop is the leading fly fishing shop and stop in town. It offers guided trips throughout Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Valley, as well as the Big Thompson Valley. The adventures are designed for fisher people of all skill levels and abilities and cater to families, as well as individuals and groups with special needs. The business also provides gear (if you don’t have your own) and each trip comes with a catch guarantee. In other words, you’ll definitely have something to brag about in the office on Monday.

Hike to North St. Vrain

The St. Vrain River is a must-go when working on your angle. It is full of rainbow trout, brown trout, and cutthroats. The river itself is an immensely popular place for water lovers of all sorts in the spring, summer, and fall, but hiking into the canyon is an ideal way to take a break from the crowds (while finding excellent fishing and exquisite views). The Northern portion of the St. Vrain, a favorite among serious flyfishers, starts in Rocky Mountain National Park and is best accessed from the ranger station at Wild Basin. Put in a little more effort to get there and you’ll be treated to one of the unrivaled fishing experiences in the region. Check Rocky Mountain National Park’s website on how to best obtain entrance reservations for the Wild Basin entrance. 

Estes Park is among the most spectacular places in the state to rule the rod. Consider these tips to set out on a wonderful adventure. 

Taharaa Mountain Lodge is the perfect place to stay when visiting Estes Park. Tucked away from the rush and bustle of downtown Estes and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, we provide a lodging experience sure to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Contact us to learn more.