Unlike prior Summits that I had attended, the Sunday following the conference was more of a "free for all" fishing day. The unofficial, official Summit outing was along Boulder Creek, and the Tenkara USA crew was going to seek people out during the day, drop in, and fish with them, give tips, etc... Me, we'll I kinda went on my own, bypassing the Boulder Creek outing for a solo trip up in Rocky Mountain National Park. I'm not gonna lie, I didn't care about the potential for crowds, I just wanted to fish and see some elk.
It was a gorgeous, somewhat brisk morning, and for better or worse, there were a ton of people in the park that day. I couldn't find a place to park at any of the trailheads, but did find a spot to pull off on the side of the road. It made for a bit longer walk to and from the water than I had hoped, but it was definitely worth it.
I had an absolute blast fishing the Big Thompson River near Fern Lake Trail. It wasn't difficult fishing, but the brown & brook trout were more than accommodating. They especially seemed to like the white hackled, light bodied kebari I was tossing that day.
There were probably a ton of other spots to go fish in the park, but as I mentioned before, I really wanted to see the elk, and during the drive in, they were out in the Moraine Park meadows bugling up a storm. Literally. Some rain clouds started to roll in on my fishing outing, so I packed up the gear and headed back to the parked car to do some wildlife viewing before the rain started. I was fortunate to get a lot of that in amid the drizzle.
Simply stunning. My sub-par pictures don't do the beauty of this area justice. I'd really like to get back and make a vacation of just exploring the park. It's a truly special place...and what an awesome way to end this four day Colorado tenkara adventure!