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Ideas for an extended climbing/fly fishing trip?

Postby rhinos00 » Tue May 22, 2012 2:30 pm

My friend and I are planning to go on an extended trip from June 5th-7th. More than likely it will be 3 days and 2 nights, but if it's a long haul, we would be willing to leave on Monday, June 4th to get a head start.

Ideally, we would like to go to a place with great backcountry/alpine fly fishing, but also gives us the option of climbing a peak or two if we want to take a break. It doesn't have to be a 13er or 14er. Here are some ideas I've come up with, but I definitely need some help:

Snowmass Lake - really like the idea of coming here because of the great fly fishing opportunities and a 14er being nearby. However, I'm slightly concerned that the snow may not be melted by then and that the lake may not be thawed out.

Blanca Peak - always have wanted to come here and fishing at Lake Como is decent from what I hear, but not sure how much snow will be up there and if the lake will be thawed by then.

Golden Horn - sounds like a really beautiful, remote place, but don't really know how fishing at Ice Lake or Fuller Lake would be.


If anyone has any other recommendations please post here or shoot me a PM. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: Ideas for an extended climbing/fly fishing trip?

Postby huffy13 » Tue May 22, 2012 2:39 pm

Lot's of great trout fishing on the way to the Stewart Creek TH for San Luis Peak as well as at the Dome Reservoirs. Very isolated...lots of wildlife. Very pretty area around Cochetopa Wildlife Area.
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Re: Ideas for an extended climbing/fly fishing trip?

Postby MtHurd » Tue May 22, 2012 2:53 pm

huffy13 wrote:Lot's of great trout fishing on the way to the Stewart Creek TH for San Luis Peak as well as at the Dome Reservoirs. Very isolated...lots of wildlife. Very pretty area around Cochetopa Wildlife Area.


About a mile before you get to the Stewart Creek trailhead is Nutras Creek. Lots of beaver dams and elk. Access to Stewart Peak, a centennial 13er. Very few people.

Ice Lakes Basin holds snow longer than most San Juan areas so the lakes might still have quite a bit of snow and even ice.

Como Lake is a long hike up a nasty road.

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Re: Ideas for an extended climbing/fly fishing trip?

Postby rhinos00 » Tue May 22, 2012 6:44 pm

Thanks for the replies so far! The only thing I could find on the internet is about some alpine lakes near the Chicago Basin. There really isn't much out there :?

Re: Ideas for an extended climbing/fly fishing trip?

Postby BobbyFinn » Tue May 22, 2012 7:09 pm

Barry Raven wrote:Como Lake is a long hike up a nasty road.


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Re: Ideas for an extended climbing/fly fishing trip?

Postby rhinos00 » Wed May 23, 2012 9:41 am

BobbyFinn wrote:
Barry Raven wrote:Como Lake is a long hike up a nasty road.


With a recent history of bear issues...


That doesn't sound like fun :-s

Anyone have any other recommendations?

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Re: Ideas for an extended climbing/fly fishing trip?

Postby MtHurd » Wed May 23, 2012 10:04 am

One other option that I can think of is Treasure Creek in the South San Juan Wilderness. You may still have some postholing issues if you choose to climb a peak, but it's doable. 13ers to climb include Summit Peak (highest in the South San Juans), Montezuma Peak, and The Unicorn. I do not know if Treasure Creek has fish or not but it has a lot of very nice waterfalls. Last time I recommended this, someone PM'd me when they got back and said they woke up in the morning surrounded by a herd of elk. There will be very few people if any.

I do know that there is a lot of fishing in and around Platoro Reservoir which is not too far from the Treasure Lake trailhead.


http://www.summitpost.org/treasure-creek/740301

http://www.conejosriver.com/platoro/index.php

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Re: Ideas for an extended climbing/fly fishing trip?

Postby rhinos00 » Wed May 23, 2012 1:34 pm

Thanks for all your input Barry! Last July, my friend and I went to Lakes of the Clouds right next to Spread Eagle Peak. I've never seen so many fish feeding off the surface in my life. It literally looked like it was raining with the amount of water rings the fish were creating.

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Re: Ideas for an extended climbing/fly fishing trip?

Postby kbmiller » Wed May 23, 2012 2:59 pm

Try West Tennessee lakes off of Tennessee pass north of Leadville. Both lakes have great fishing (or did last year), and you can spend a day climbing Homestake peak, and ridgewalking over to Slide lake or drop off the west side to Isolation Lakes and Lost Lakes. All have decent fishing. The hike in to West Tennessee lakes is mellow and there is a great camping site at the base of a pond below the lakes.

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Re: Ideas for an extended climbing/fly fishing trip?

Postby ptyrg » Thu May 24, 2012 10:03 am

Just thought I would throw this one out there. have you Ever been to the Wind rivers in Wyoming? 6 to 7 hours from Denver, Hundreds of peaks to climb, on mostly good granite. Some of the best alpine scenery in the lower 48s, and the Fishing!!!! ON MY G. Hundreds of lakes. You Probably can't hike more than two miles without running into a lake, or stream that isn't loaded with trout. and the further in to the wilderness you go the better the fishing. Did I mention there are RARE golden trout there? The Down side, such a big wilderness with limited trailheads That it would be a stretch for a four day trip. Big sandy opening Is probably the closest trailhead to Denver,and would take you to the Cirque of the tower,( famous climbing area) and Deep lake area.

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Re: Ideas for an extended climbing/fly fishing trip?

Postby rhinos00 » Thu May 24, 2012 1:09 pm

Never really thought about going out of state, but Wind Rivers looks awesome! I'll have to look into a little more to see if it would be doable.

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