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Estes Park Fishing

With an abundance of streams and lakes in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, there are plenty of water sport activities to enjoy during your Colorado vacation, but a popular one is fly fishing.

For first-time fishers, there are guides and tours to help you navigate the waters and learn how to fish. Some popular fishing resources while in Estes Park include:

The Estes Park Mountain Shop

For more than 20 years, Estes Park Mountain Shop has served anglers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts with all their gear and equipment needs. You can purchase your fly fishing equipment at the store or take a lesson and guided trip with the store’s fishing experts.

The four, six, or eight hour guided trips are kept small, a client to guide ratio of 3:1 to ensure attentive instruction. The cost includes fly rod, reel, and waders. There is a charge of $1 per fly. You will also need a Colorado state fishing license, which can be purchased inside the store.

Schedule your trip by calling 970-586-6548.

Scot’s Sporting Goods Guided Fly Fishing Trips

Scot’s specializes in first time fishing excursions and will teach you everything about your equipment, the waters you’ll fish in, and what types of fish you can find. Scot’s does practice catch and release, so any brown or rainbow trout you catch will be put back in the water safely.

The trips are offered as four, six, or eight hour trips, as well as private fishing trips. The equipment is included in the trip price, as well as a snack and soft beverage for a four hour trip and six and eight hour trips include lunch. You will need to purchase a one-day Colorado fishing license, which can be purchased at the storefront, as well as a Rocky Mountain National Park pass.  

Give Scot’s a call at 970-586-2877 to learn more about fishing in Estes Park or to schedule a trip.

Kirks Flyshop Guided Fly Fishing

Kirks fly fishing also offers guided trips that last four, six, or eight hours and the rod, reel, waders, and flies are included in the price. A snack and drink are included in the four-hour trip and a hearty lunch for the six and eight. You must also purchase a Colorado fishing license to fish on this trip.

If you want to get a thorough education on fly fishing before hiking to a fishing spot, you can also try Kirks two-hour fly fishing class. All skill levels are welcome to learn about rigging, knot tying, entomology, casting, and putting your newfound knowledge to the test on the lake. The class also includes a lakeside dinner.

Classes can be reserved online or by calling 877-669-1859.


For experienced anglers, you may wish to rent your own equipment and find your own waters to fish in. There are several rental companies to pick up your rods from and then a variety of fishing ponds to fish in.

Trout Haven Fishing Pond

At Trout Haven, the pond is stocked with rainbow trout and they have equipment on site to rent for a small fee. Since it’s a private pond, you will pay $1 per inch of what you catch but you do not need a license. They will also pack and freeze your catch.

If you have questions about fishing at Trout Haven, call 970-577-0202.

Lake Estes Marina, Store, and Pavilion

Situated on Lake Estes, you can stop in the marina store and purchase a fishing license, supplies, and sun protection before heading out on the water. 


Popular Estes Park Fishing Rivers:

  • Big Thompson River: Here you’ll find plenty of rainbow and brown trout.
  • North St. Vrain Creek: This river is home to rainbow, brown, and greenback cutthroat trout.
  • Glacier Creek: This creek is home to many species of trout.
  • Roaring River: Expect to find greenbacks in this river.

Popular Estes Park Lakes:

  • The Loch: Wonderful views and wonderful fishing with the chance to catch rainbow, cutthroat, cutbow, and brook trout.
  • Dream Lake: A beautiful setting with greenbacks.
  • Sprague Lake: An easily accessible lake with plenty of brook trout.


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