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Old 08-08-2013, 09:06 PM
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Well I'm off to spend a couple of days in the great City of Denver. My brother in law beat me there to live but I'll be joining him in a few years. I had hoped to grab a guide for Monday/Tuesday but have been unsuccessful. I tried some local contacts and some of their connections in CO and have come up empty.

It's just as well. I honestly think if I really wanted a guide I would have tried a little harder to hire one. I'm armed with my trusty Colorado Gazetteer I've used in prior trips to the Vail Valley and a recommended book by Comeonavs of Rocky Mountain National Park, a small arsenal of 3, 4(2) and 5 weights and I'm ready to do what I like to think I do best - explore and give it an honest shot. Bugs are an area I'll need to get some guidance on from a local fly shop. I'll pick up a more detailed map of a specific area I want to fish and I'll fish hard. A guide would certainly shorten the curve, get me on fish faster, and increase the numbers (generally, of course). But it will sure feel good if and when I bring that first cut or wild 'bow to hand.

Should be a great weekend, family, Pirates playing at Coor's Field (bonus, didn't know that when we planned the trip), and some time fishing the Front Range. Sounds darn fine to me.

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Have a great trip mate. If our fishing trips of years past are any indication of what you'll get into out there, I've no doubt you'll be on the fish. Looking forward to a trip report and some photos mate
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Sent you a PM. If you're still looking for a guide, check out the Colorado Trout Fisher or the Fly Fisher Guide service, depending on your price range. The former is on public water and the latter on private. Enjoy Colorado, hope to get out fishing myself this week
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:57 PM
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Sounds like you are iffy on a guide, but if you decide to get serious about one- and feel like being north front range (Big Thompson, Cache La Poudre, Rocky Mtn Natl Park..) I'd seriously consider St. Peter's Fly Shop in Fort Collins. I know the folks there pretty well, and could even stop by and see what the scoop on guides is for you. They cover all that water and more- and do a fine job of it. In fact I was just with one of their guides on Monday and it was fantastic even though I was fishing my home water! (I had a guest in town and wanted him on fish w/o the pressure myself. I wanted to fish too!).

Too bad it wasn't this week, I could've gone with you or put you on fish a few days. I will have fished 6 out of the last 7 days after tomorrow And 4 of the 6 will have been on my home river, CLP. PM me if you decide to fish it! It's near Fort Collins. I can give you some "e-guiding" (bugs, spots, etc) . Depending on which side of Denver it might not be too long a drive.

This is a book you will want or wish you had if you fish RMNP!
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:12 AM
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Sounds like you are iffy on a guide, but if you decide to get serious about one- and feel like being north front range (Big Thompson, Cache La Poudre, Rocky Mtn Natl Park..) I'd seriously consider St. Peter's Fly Shop in Fort Collins. I know the folks there pretty well, and could even stop by and see what the scoop on guides is for you. They cover all that water and more- and do a fine job of it. In fact I was just with one of their guides on Monday and it was fantastic even though I was fishing my home water! (I had a guest in town and wanted him on fish w/o the pressure myself. I wanted to fish too!).

Too bad it wasn't this week, I could've gone with you or put you on fish a few days. I will have fished 6 out of the last 7 days after tomorrow And 4 of the 6 will have been on my home river, CLP. PM me if you decide to fish it! It's near Fort Collins. I can give you some "e-guiding" (bugs, spots, etc) . Depending on which side of Denver it might not be too long a drive.

This is a book you will want or wish you had if you fish RMNP!
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good luck and have fun!
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I'll second the guys at St.Petes as well. (I'm in there at least once a week). Cody is probably one of the bests guides I have ever had.
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I'll second the guys at St.Petes as well. (I'm in there at least once a week). Cody is probably one of the bests guides I have ever had.
slice, I'm sure we've crossed paths at some point. I'm also in there 1-2x per week and I agree, Cody is outstanding. That's actually who I had go with my out of towner on Monday.
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Bummer about the rod choices.........Only 6 wt rods are allowed in August. Your brother in law never told you about that did he? JK

I hope you have a great time.
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