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  1. #31
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    I have fished all over the Rockies in UT, ID, MT, WY, and CO. They all have their + and -, but over the last couple of years I have found myself returning to Colorado.

    I now prefer the hike-in, backcountry pursuit of the native cutties (yes, dinks). I also prefer the beauty of Colorado's scenery (and it's 58 14ers) to all of the other states. If you were looking for hike-in fishing, Estes Park would definitely be number one on my list! Hands Down!

    Durango is a great area and early September would put you on the early kokanee run (I hit it last year at Roaring J). From Durango you are also not far from the Conejos and Rio Grande headwaters. My recommendation would be the I-70 corridor somewhere in the Front Range. I have never stayed in the Dillon/Silverthorne area but you would be within a couple hours of the Colorado, Arkansas, Eagle, Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, South Platte headwaters, RMNP, etc. Some of those tailwater streams can get crowded but you are talking about BIG wild fish!

    Another option you may consider would be Wyoming and the official Cuttslam. I stayed in the Hoback area a couple of years ago when I did the Cuttslam. From the Hoback area, you are within a couple hours of some very nice waters in WY, ID, and Yellowstone. You would need to hit the park or the Cody area to pick up the Yellowstone cutt, but other than that you have the Snake, Greys, Hoback, Gros Ventre, Teton (ID), Henry's Fork (ID). The official Wyoming Cuttslam certificate is first class, the Wyoming Fish & Game have a very nice program in this.

    I've fished MT from "base camps" in Big Timber, Bozeman, and Dillon. They are all nice and I have never had an issue with crowds, because everything is so spread out.

    Again, just my opinion and I don't think there is a wrong answer.

    Good luck,
    Chris
    Last edited by WVBrookie; 06-07-2009 at 12:06 PM.

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    Thanks all for the suggestions, I think I'm going for MT with a side trip to a couple of places in northern Idaho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EarlOfSoDak View Post
    Hey-
    I'm partial (very biased) to the Black Hills of South Dakota. I worked on these waters for four years and I love 'em. You've got reservoirs, tailwaters, spring creeks and freestone streams all within an hour of each other. Access is easy, but pressure is minimal. The hills are often overlooked by people on their way to more famous waters in Montana and Wyoming. Spearfish Canyon is a place that's unforgettable. Also, the Black Hills are very close to the Bighorn River, the North Platte and the Bighorn Mountains. Take a trip here and you'll be very pleased. There is plenty of lodging and plenty of tourist stuff to boot. There's a fly shop in Rapid City with good info (and the guy who owns it is named Hans.) www.flyfishsd.com
    Jamie
    Earl,

    I have actually been to Rapid City area back in 1988. Stopped at Wall Drug of course. Didn't do any fishing, I was on my first trip to the states and was visiting with some family in Nebraska. We took a car trip to the Black Hills and Mt Rushmore etc. I loved it, if I could just find a lake with some grayling nearby I would consider it. Problem is, I don't think they have any grayling lakes in SD.

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    Update,

    Well, a lot changed, I was going to go to MT with side-trips to ID. Family changed their plans so I will be going solo on this one. It's probably better anyways. No I can be selfish and ignore the touristy stuff and concentrate on the fishing. I will be going to New Mexico instead. See my other post.

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