Re: Self Giude Day Trip Out of Denver?
I live in Denver and my favorite quick little getaways include Clear Creek west of Golden. South Boulder Creek through the Walker Ranch loop. The Blue River from Silverthorne to Green Mountain Reservoir is great. Then there is the South Platte below Cheesman Lake. The Blue and South Platte give you a great opportunity for large 'bows and browns.
Even though I love fishing lakes I have never been so Spinney or Antero. These lakes offer an outside chance at very large rainbows or browns without the crowds of the Blue or South Platte.
Waders are not an absolute necessity for any of these waters but they would be very helpful. If the weather is nice, wet wading is an option on all of these waters.