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Fly Fishing in Estes ParkEstes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are home to some of Colorado's most beautiful scenery and outstanding fly-fishing grounds. Rocky Mountain National Park, with over 265,000 acres to explore, provides plenty of fishing options for both experienced and novice fishermen. There are various lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds in the vicinity, so finding a fishing site is easy. 

With so many streams and lakes in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, there are many water sports activities to enjoy during your Colorado retreat, but fly fishing is the most popular one. While there are numerous popular fly-fishing places and hidden gems in Estes Park to choose from, here are our favorite locations near High Peak Camp.

Best Fly Fishing Near Estes Park

1. The Big Thompson Canyon 

When you ask where to fly fish in Estes Park, most people will say The Big Thompson Canyon.  The Big Thompson Canyon is one of the best areas for fly fishing in Estes Park and is well-known for having some of Colorado's top fishing spots. 

With more than 20 miles of rushing water, from Estes Park to Loveland, there is a stretch of about 10 miles that is a catch-and-release. The Olympus Dam and the Waltonia Bridge are connected by this location. Rainbow and brown trout are the most popular fish to catch along the river, with more browns as you approach downstream.

2. Wild Basin

On the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park, south of Estes Park is a lesser explored region called the Wild Basin. The Wild Basin attracts fly fishers from all across the Front Range for a chance to fish these beautiful and pristine rivers. The main section of the North St. Vrain River is the highlight of the Wild Basin. 

The North St. Vrain River begins in Rocky Mountain National Park, while the South and Middle St. Vrain Rivers begin in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. In the upper reaches of the tributaries, you can expect to catch cutthroat, brook, and brown trout. As you descend in elevation, you'll find more brown trout mixed with a few rainbows.

3. Lake Estes

Lake Estes is located in the Estes Park area, right next to Rocky Mountain National ParkLake Estes is filled with rainbow trout, brown trout, and a variety of other fish and flows off into the Big Thompson River, which can also be a rewarding spot to fish, especially if you’re fly fishing. It’s also conveniently accessible from town and a fantastic spot for some morning fly fishing. 

High Peak Camp is located in the beautiful Estes Park, and it's the perfect location for those looking to fly fish during a retreat. If you're interested in our amenities, lodging, and access to RNP, contact us.