A unique vacation experience, offering relaxation

balanced with learning adventures in the Rocky Mountains.

Catering to independent & solo travelers or small groups.

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Intermediate or Experienced Fisher

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  • Basic Trips/Lessons.
  • 1st Class Trip (Orvis)
  • Inexpensive, Carefree Trip (Kremmling)
  • Casual Clinic at Lodge
  • Packing List/Health Guides
  • Private Property Fishing
  • Real Cattle Ranch (stocked pond)
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  • Details on Basic Trip (prices,lodging,etc)
  • caught a big oneAll trips are with a licensed Outfitter and take place in Colorado.
    Call us about group discounts (usually starting with six people)
    The fish in the photo was caught on the Colorado River.

    For Intermediate and Experienced Fishers

    Basic Fly Fishing Trips (Walk and Fish)

    We can offer guided trips to help you become familiar with Colorado rivers, where to fish, how to read the water, plus sharpen your skills in particular areas, such as nymph usage. We can set you up for the weekend or week, but consider spending a half-day with a guide to learn the intricacies, for example: Our rivers run much faster than those in the Midwest and east coast. Bring your son/daughter along, and let the guide walk him through the basic lessons, while you show off (and polish up) your fishing skills.

    Specialty Fishing Trips:

    First Class Trip:

    fish dinnerfly fish on private water Stay at an Orvis certified Private Lodge. Long days filled with fresh air, and nights spent in front of the fireplace discussing the day's catch. Private guides every day on miles of private waters (the long-time guides will be there to welcome you back each year). Shop talk about the latest rods, breathable waders, and more. You can "test fish" any of the Orvis rods. Try wading to broad riffles and deep pools of the gold medal Colorado river and tributaries, or short, acute casting on fast-moving Troublesome Creek. Catch-and-release policy protects the large populations and large fish, up to ten pounds. Instruction from beginning casting to advanced moving-water technique. Gourmet Rocky Mt. style dinners served under crystal chandeliers in a turn-of-the-century dining tent warmed by wood-burning stoves by an experienced chef who received honors at the Culinary Institute. Includes fare like charred leg of lamb and smoked prime rib; and amazing desserts. Click above link for more details.

    The carefree inexpensive fly fishing route:

    Stay in the small town of Kremmling. We'll hook you up with a Cordland certified store who's owner's knowledge and tips will spin your brain! You can fish at a different spot every day of the week, and be delighted with your catch. We'll include some bait, your license, maps, and tips on how to get to some gold water and quality water locations; as well as a list of spectacular Scenic Byways, including the Rocky Mt. National Park, where you can add to your week's pleasures. Accommodations can be inexpensively found at a local 1904 boardinghouse. Seven days: $595 (includes bait, fishing license, room and breakfast; and tips on locations). Prices subject to change.

    Fishing Lodge:

    Attend the clinic to polish up your rusty "ties," and then go out on the Arkansas River, near Buena Vista. Casual setting to fish in or roam the 23 pinion covered acres and watch for the mule deer family. There's one-third mile of virtually exclusive river frontage. At the day's end, return to the lodge's huge great room with 25 foot ceilings and a massive rock fireplace, or to the jacuzzi tubs to warm and relax yourself with. Or, go to town for a refreshing drink (which is only a mile away). In the fall there are few tourists around, and the fish are less frantic. Write us for dates and prices. State the number of days you desire, your fishing skills, and the number in your party. Prices run approximately $100 per day off-season, and $150 in-season, fisher and lodge owner B. J. Lester will be happy to share advice with you. A restful weekend. (Prices subject to change)

    Fishing Cabins or Private Lodge:

    We no longer offer cabins on private property.

    Experience Fly Fishing on Colorado Private Property

    We are very fortunate to have fishing access to a private ranch offering trophy trout fishing and solitude. The expert or novice will find the location memorable. Within the ranch's perimeters, you can choose walk-wade river fishing and/or lake fishing. Belly boating is available on the trophy lakes and is popular with anglers looking for that large Western trout. The ranch sits nestled between Estes Park and Loveland, Colorado. These restricted waters offer you the chance to hook a fish over 20 inches, ranging from 4-9 pounds. Because of the exclusiveness of the location, we strongly encourage advance reservations. The ranch carries additional rod fees.

    Rod fees per angler are $55.00 for river and lower pond fishing and $65.00 for the trophy lakes. Guide costs begin at approximately $135 per half day for one person.

    Stay at a Cattle Ranch for a Week. Or, go on a Cattle Drive.

    cattle drive cattle drive This isn't a glitzy, modern ranch run by some organization. This is a real working ranch. The down home, warm, hard-working family will help you participate in all aspects of the ranch operation. (Including spring and fall cattle drives). The 5,000 acres are yours to ride on daily, as well as take roping lessons, fish, swim, pitch horsehoes, or go hiking for arrowheads. And, of course, there's the great home cooking, and you stay in a bunkhouse. ($1,150 per person/week; price subject to change. Occassionally we can accommodate people for just a few days ($197/day) Ask for children (8 and over) or group prices. If you bring your child, you must stay with him/her. You might consider not renting a car and enjoying the ranch's seclusion. Shuttle $59 RT. Please contact us for this year's rates.

    Fish in stocked pond (this is NOT a "Trout Haven") --you have to fish for them!

    Fishing Books and Tips

    Check out our local fly fishing shop (famous for precise one-of-a-kind bamboo rods, and more) to buy some gear and try it out. See our Books and Gift section for more details on Colorado's famous rod manufacturers.

    "Fly Fishing Colorado's Front Range" by Todd Hosman, includes an in-depth look at the region's aquatic insects. "This may not sound so exciting if you're not a fly fisherman, but if you are, it's a pretty big deal because it includes, among other things, a fairly comprehensive listing of the mayflies that you find in the Front Range, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. The book also includes a number of fly patterns that are peculiar to or originated in the Front Range, flies that were designed by local tiers."

    Read more about this book, and how to order, as well as many more books and tips on our "Books" page.

    along ridgeDetails on Basic "Walk" Fishing Trip (prices subject to change)

    One to three day Fishing Trip.
    The "Guide" is called that because they can show you the best places to fish, and what's biting today. They can "guide" you (lessons) as much or as little as you want.

    (These prices are updated every spring, if necessary)

    Full Day "Walk and Fish": guide & lessons, incl. cold non-alcoholic beverages, and box lunch 8am-4pm
    one person $240 ($225); 2 people $305 ($290)
    (price in parenthesis is an easy $15discount if deposit paid within ten days of first email or phone inquiry).
    Three or four people require Two guides.

    Half Day "Walk and Fish": guide and lessons, including cold non-alcoholic beverages
    1 person $150 ($135); 2 people: $215 ($200)
    (price in parenthesis is a $15 discount if deposit paid within ten days of first email or phone inquiry).

    Inquire about our float trips (generally $320 to $520 for full day, one or two anglers). Non-anglers cannot join on the float; some fishing experience required. Locations include Cache la Poudre, N. Platte, or Upper Colorado. Chose from full day or two day overnight.

    Guide Costs: 50% deposit due upon reservation (incl. registration); check with us for final figure. Balance due in full two weeks before the trip. No refunds; contact us for details. Balance can be charged on most standard charge cards. Extra Costs: Per person = One-day Fishing license $9.00. Rocky Mt. National Park entrance fee $20.00. Tip for guide ($10-50). If you don't have good waders or rods, you can rent our top-quality equipment: rods $5 half day, $10 full; waders $5 half day, $10 full. Flies $1.95 each to be paid on the day of the trip (first couple are usually included in price). Prices subject to change; please confirm prices with us.

    Note, if you call us on short notice, prices may fluctuate.

    Gift Certificates: We often supply Gift Certificates for a trully "lifetime gift" to your loved one(s). Please inquire for more details. You pay for it now, with the option of them chosing the date later. (Ask us about restrictions)

    Accommodations:Choose from Bed & Breakfast, inexpensive inn, condo, private exclusive lodge. Based on availability. Additional fees will be involved.

    Maps and Info: Upon confirmation, you will be supplied with a list of "tips" which include information on local fly fishing, including clothing, weather, tips, etc. It is advised that you hire a guide for at least half a day if you are not an experienced trout or fly fisher, or if you are new to Colorado rivers. It can make the difference between fishing for cat fish for four hours without success versus catching a trout within 10 minutes.

    Transportation: Shuttle transportation can be expensive, and starts at $75 RT to Estes Park. The local major airpot is Denver International. We can tell you about addititional locations when you decide which trip you want. Major car rental agencies are at the airport. Local car rentals are often available by the day at higher rates.

    Group Discounts: Discounts are available for groups. Final calculation is dependent on many factors, such as length of stay and location. Advance notice is needed to place a large group. You can chose from a couple days locally with lodging; or a stay at the luxury Orvis lodge (see details).

    Bamboo Rods: Check out one of our local Lyons' fly fishing shop. Put in an order for one of Mike Clark's famous precise one-of-a-kind bamboo rods; or buy some gear right off the shelf and try it out this weekend.

    Note, lessons are in catch & release waters. These prices may fluctuate slightly with time of year, guide and location.

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