Colorado Autumn Splendor 🍂

Rhode Island Willetts, brother Tom and sister Barbara, come to the mountains of Colorado to enjoy our cabin, wildlife and fall fly fishing………

During a day of fishing at the cabin, we caught lots of trout. Barbara caught her first rainbow and brook trout. All were all released back into the wild!

“No trout were harmed in the production of these photos……”

Archery, hiking and puzzles were also on the menu.  In addition many many moose were spotted: bulls and cows with yearling calves – one set of twins!

Hiking the hills the morning after the second snow of the season…..  Barbara gifted Sally with Grandma Thornberry’s wool hunting jacket – perfect for the cabin!

A night on the town includes great Mexican food and a bit of margarita madness…  Los Tarascos margaritas – sooo good, sooo strong!

Hiking Pineridge Natural area, finds the resevoir low and a lone pelican (yes, they summer here!) napping on the shore.  Fishing Parvin lake produces few fish, but some lovely scenery.

Fishing improves greatly on St Vrain Creek, in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National park. The brook trout are small but feisty.  We sighted lots of deer and elk in the national park and also in the town of Estes Park. Some of the bulls were bugling lustily.

Fishing the lovely pools of St Vrain Creek

Finally, a guided fly fishing trip on the Cache la Poudre River produced lots of big fish including rainbow and brown trout.  In addition, Tom caught a rare whitefish!  All were returned to the river unharmed.  The weather was great, fall colors gorgeous.  We had lots of fun and increased our fly fishing knowledge, thanks to our great guide, Chris Eussen (

Chris captured a pic of my biggest fish – a 17 1/2″ rainbow trout, then back into the water she goes……


Author: David Willett

Worked at Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard, attended University of Washington and Michigan State University, lived in the Netherlands, the Peoples Republic of China and the United States, visited 36 countries, 11 of 13 Canadian Provinces and all 50 U.S. states, living in Fort Collins, CO, USA

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