The Kern River in Central California, located at the southern end of Sequoia National Forest, is a gem of a trout fishery. Before Crystal and I moved to Colorado this was my old stomping ground. The river can be broken up into three major sections…
Bear Lake Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park
This past weekend brought us a visit from Andre’s sister Lisa, and our brother-in-law Seth. They are also super oudoorsy and we love going on wine tastings hikes with them. So when they came to town for a visit we just knew we had to show them around our new playground, Rocky Mountain National Park.
Where to find Joy on the Water
The very first time I went fly fishing was with my wife in Telluride, Colorado on the Merced River (post to come). For my 30th birthday, my sisters had gotten us a guide and we decided to try something new. We spent 4 hours on the river and our guide did everything in his power but we couldn’t catch a fish. My wife and I could’ve quit right then a there and said, “Enough of this s***, it’s too hard.” But we didn’t. We went out by ourselves for the rest of the day and low and behold my wife caught a brook trout. Now some guys would’ve been pissed…
Golden Ponds Park & Nature Area
Located in Longmont, Colorado, Golden Ponds & Nature Area is just one of the many local park and wildlife areas that the Boulder/Denver suburbs have to offer. It’s the first open space I had a chance to explore when we moved from LA, and I love it. Parking is easy to find at the end of 3rd street, and there are well maintained bathrooms, a water fountain, and a covered picnic area right at the trailhead.
Boulder Creek Fly Fishing
Boulder Creek is a quant little stream that flows right through the heart of Boulder, Colorado. You can even fish for and catch trout right in the middle of town. I, however, ventured just outside of Boulder to wet my line.
A few weeks ago Andre and I were hiking Cub Lake Trail, when we had an odd exchange with another couple on the path. Andre and I had stopped to take pictures for the post I was going to write, and were taking an extra moment to re-hydrate. That’s when they came up the trail.
Clear Creek Fly Fishing
If you’ve ever watched an NFL game on TV I’m sure you’ve seen a Coors Light commercial with Sam Elliott talking about how they only use clear, refreshing Rocky Mountain water and that Coors is “Born in the Rockies”. Well that clean, clear, refreshing Rocky Mountain water they’re talking about is Clear Creek, which flows from the mountains down towards Denver and through Golden, Colorado the home of Coors Brewing Company.
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Gear Review: Hiking Boots (Mens) – Columbia Newton Ridge Plus
When Crystal and I decided to take up backpacking many years ago, I went to all the outdoor stores looking for hiking boots; REI, Bass Pro Shop, Cabela’s, Gander Mountain, etc. The problem was I’m huge, 6’6″, and wear a size 15, and most of these places didn’t carry anything in my size at their brick and mortar stores, only online. Now if any of you have ever ordered shoes online without trying them on you know it can be a scary proposition since shoes are all about comfort especially when they’re for hiking. But I went out on a limb and ordered a pair of Columbia Newton Ridge Plus hiking boots and I’m glad I did.
Fishing Tips – Introduction & Terminology
Before we start I want to throw out some of the basic terms fly fishers use. If you’re an experienced fly fisher you can skip this and move onto my tips but if you’re new to the sport listen up. These are the bare bones definitions of the terms, experts can ramble on and on about each of these but this is the basic gist…
Deer Mountain Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park
When you arrive at the trailhead for Deer Mountain Trail (DMT) you may look up the 1,210 feet of elevation gain to the summit and think twice about your trail decision. But don’t despair! The trail’s numerous switchbacks make for a pleasant adventure without too much exertion.