Book Review: A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is a wonderful place to visit. Stunning mountain vistas, wildlife, crystal lakes, great hiking, cascading streams and…trout. It is a great place to take your family. You can take your family on a different hike every day along a different stream or to a different lake. Pack the fly rod and fish here and there while the kids scramble over rocks or eat a snack (or fish). Further, I would say that in addition to being a great fly fishing destination it is maybe THE Tenkara destination.  RMNP is becoming a sort of mecca for Tenkara fishers. The small streams, most with open snag-free surroundings, are the perfect setting for Tenkara fly fishing.

Well, if you plan a trip to RMNP – you need to get this book; A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park by Steven B. Schweitzer.  Mr. Schweitzer has written a great book, its 200+ pages are filled with useful information for the visiting angler.  Sure you could head to RMNP and explore on your own and catch plenty of fish and have a great time, but when you’re looking at the hiking map and that lake 6 miles in and wondering “Is it worth it?”, this book can be invaluable.  Plus many of us, especially if you’re traveling with your family, don’t have unlimited time to explore.

One thing that I really appreciate is the color photography.  Each destination is accompanied by beautiful color photos – it helps you decide if that is a place that you might want to fish.  Each destination has a hiking map, elevation map, trail overview and of course, all relevant fishing info.  Here’s an example of what you’ll find:

In addition to the destinations the book also contains, general info about the park and the trout you’ll find there; hatch charts; fly shops, etc.  Although it provides pretty good trail info – I would recommend a good trail guide to go along with this book.  I have Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Hiking Guide
by Lisa Foster.  It is a great book and I highly recommend it.

So if you plan a trip to RMNP go check out the out author’s website ( and preview the book online before you buy it – I think you’ll like it.

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