Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall River: Rocky Mountain National Park

We woke up early on day one of the trip, anxious and excited to finally wet our lines after a long day of traveling the prior evening. We stayed at the Aspenglen Campground located right off route 34 next to the Fall River Visitor Center. For $20 bucks a night you couldn't beat it's location to the main streams in the park. We started fishing above the bridge that is located on the road that goes to the campground. This water had a very steep gradient, fast water with lots of back eddies and a few bigger holes that you could get longer drifts in. We all used big attractor flies, stimulators, grasshoppers, crickets and all seemed to produce the same. We caught plenty of nice fish in this section, cutthroats, browns, brookies and rainbows ranging from 8-12 inches. We only fished about .5 miles up from the bridge, then the terrain looked pretty rough so we headed back out.

After grabbing some lunch we drove up route 34 to Horse Shoe Park where the Fall River meanders through a nice meadow. The water was much calmer here and good drifts were a must in order to hook into some fish. We caught a few fish in this section as well but the wind made things challenging. The fish were also quite spooky, hooking into one fish usually put the rest down for awhile. Angler pressure seemed to increase as well, the proximity to the main road and ease of wading probably contributed to this.
We ended up going back to the section by the campground a day later. Walked the hiking trail past where we left off the prior day and got into the water. We hooked into a good many fish again, mostly browns up above the one waterfall. The water was very rough and fast moving but fish seemed to hit dries very quickly. We fished up to the dam and stopped for the evening. I would put it as the fourth best stream/lake that we fished in the park.

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