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Posted: 7/19/2010 8:35:45 PM EDT
I am taking a trip there the first week of August from Texas. I am a bass fishing guy but have never tried fly fishing. Should I get a day guide? Seems like learning the ropes with a guide might be a good idea. What attractions in the park are a must see?

Thanks!
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 5:21:12 AM EDT
are you talking about sights in the town of Estes Park, or in Rocky Mountain National Park?
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 5:57:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By funkymonkey1111:
are you talking about sights in the town of Estes Park, or in Rocky Mountain National Park?


Rocky Mountain. Sorry I'm a newb.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 7:52:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/20/2010 7:53:01 AM EDT by vim]
The one must-see in the park is to take a drive up and over Trail Ridge Road.  Along the way there are many excellent panoramic views (Many Parks Curve, Rainbow Curve, Forest Canyon Overlook . . .)


Up Trail Ridge Road, a walk on the tundra (parking/bathrooms just past the "Rock Cut") is usually excellent and brisk.





A stroll around Bear Lake is easy and works for a wide range of people.





A sleeper destination is to check out the Colorado River headwaters in the park (or just hike to the river where it's still trivially wadable).





For fly fishing –– I don't do it –– but the Big Thompson has quite a reputation, as you likely know. http://www.flyfishingconnection.com/cobigthompson.html
 
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 10:20:40 AM EDT
Fly fishing in the National Park itself is challenging.  If you have no previous experience, then you'll want a guide.  You can consider a fly fishing trip on the Big Thompson either in or out of the park, the section outside is probably better fishing.
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