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Popular Destinations - East of the Continental Divide

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BKT

BRN

RBT

CRC

GBC

YCT

CUT

Big Thompson River

Fern Lake

Meandering through Moraine Park and upwards halfway up Fern Lake trail, this water fishes well amid plenty of summertime pressure.




Black Canyon Creek

Lumpy Ridge

A fun brookie stream just far enough off the trail to provide some secluded fishing opportunities.







Black Lake

Glacier Gorge

A classic fly fishing lake, but the 5 mile hike past Mills and Glacier Creek may keep you too busy fishing to get here.







Boulder Brook

Sprague Lake

Some steep sections scare off most fishers, leaving plenty of dry fly fishing for Brookies to the ones who venture further.






Copeland Lake

Sandbeach Lake

Located at the trailhead, it can be busy at times.






Cow Creek

Cow Creek

A small and tight stream with a heavy canopy.  You'd be surprised by the size of brookies in this stream.






Cub Creek

Moraine Park

Cub Creek braids throughout the Park.  It receives significant pressure, but is good for kids during the summer months.






Dream Lake

Bear Lake

Located at the junction of two trails, it receives plenty of day traffic.







Fern Creek

Fern Lake

A beautiful stream mostly far enough from the trail to provide some seclusion despite moderate traffic.







Fern Lake

Fern Lake

A popular destination despite its 4 mile trek with some significant altitude gain.







Glacier Creek

Glacier Gorge

This is a creek of may faces and one of the rare creeks in the Park that can offer a grand slam.




Glass Lake

Glacier Gorge

A beautiful ½ day hike brings you to this small lake with nice Greenbacks






Hiayaha, Lake

Bear Lake

A hot-n-cold lake which doesn't fish as well when its windy, primarly because it makes casting tough on this lake flanked by HUGE boulders.







Lawn Lake

Lawn Lake

A long day hike (6+ miles) brings you to one of the best Greenback lakes in the Park.







Lily Lake

Lily Lake

Another lake which caters to handicapped access.  Fishes well for Greenbacks with scuds and damsels.







Loch, The

Glacier Gorge

A mighty fun lake to fish with a dry fly in the many wind-protected coves.






Loomis Lake

Fern Lake

A steep hike not for the unprepared, but the reward is less pressured fish.







Mill Creek

Follows Bear Lake Road

Close to the road fishing brings plenty of anglers, where your A-game is required to catch these fish who see it all everyday.





Mills Lake

Glacier Gorge

A stunningly beautiful lake which attracts more photographers than fishers.







North Saint Vrain Creek

Wild Basin

An easy, moderate-length hike takes you by hungry browns and brookies





Odessa Lake

Fern Lake

A half-hour higher than Fern Lake, fishing is just as spectacular as in Fern Lake.







Roaring River

Lawn Lake

A classic wet wading stream where dappling is the best method.  The wind blows eight days a week down this river corridor.




Sandbeach Lake

Sandbeach Lake

A polular family hike and just as popular fly fishing destination.







Sky Pond

Glacier Gorge

A lengthy day hike at the end of Sky Pond Trail.  Your reward are some of the most colorful Brookies in the Park.







Sprague Lake

Sprague Lake

One of the lowest altitude lakes in the Park.  Caters to handicap access.





Spruce Lake

Fern Lake

Most fish Fern and Odessa, but don't forget this lake while you are up there.







Thunder Lake

Wild Basin

A long hike best suited for an overnight trip.  The lake and many small streams along the way are loaded with Brookies.






Ypsilon Lake

Lawn Lake

An overnight hike is best so you can spend time fishing the influent to Ypsilon Lake.







Fishing the eastern side of the Park is what most visitors experience since the main entrance into the Park is through the town of Estes.  Water on this side of the divide contain plenty of the native Greenback Cutthroat trout.  The eastern side also contains a more dense network of trails to service the fishable waters.  With more trails and access also comes plenty of crowds.  Be sure to get to the trail heads early to find parking during summer months.

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Fishing the Eastern Side of the Park

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FISHING THE PARK

TRIP PLANNING

THE BOOK

MEDIA

AROUND THE SITE

CONTACT

Where to Fish

Guided Trips 101

Buy the Book

Podcasts

Events

Contact Us

Hatches

Backpack Checklist

Flip the Pages

Video

Sponsors


Fly Patterns

Weather

Media Reviews


About


Area Fly Shops

Licensing & Regs

Awards


Polls






Privacy


BKT = Brook trout   BRN = Brown trout   RBT = Rainbow trout   CRC = Colorado River cutthroat   GBC = Greenback cutthroat   YCT = Yellowstone cutthroat

CUT = general cutthroat trout of undefined species