Colorado Fly Fishing Guides
Colorado Fly Fishing Guides
We are excited to offer top-end Colorado fly fishing guides on some of Colorado’s premier public and private trout water. Colorado offers a diverse selection of game fish. Our clients regularly catch rainbow trout, several subspecies of native cutthroat trout, cut-bows, brown trout, brook trout, northern pike, Kokanee salmon in the fall, and even do so fly fishing for carp.
We understand how fishing conditions change throughout the season and we give you advice based on peak fishing times. When it comes to fly fishing, we have high standards, and do our best to set realistic expectations. Call us to discover how easy it is to book your dream trip with Outdoors International.
Fly Fishing Hotspots in Colorado
- Upper Arkansas River
- Blue Mesa Resevoir
- Animas River
- Grand Mesa Lakes
- Gunnison River
- Steamboat Lake State Park
- Trappers Lake
- Wolford Mountain Reservoir
- Yampa River State Park
- Fryingpan, Roaring Fork, and Crystal Rivers
Lower Gunnison River
This Orvis Endorsed fly fishing lodge is the largest and most experienced outfitter in the Black Canyon on the lower Gunnison River.
The Gunnison Gorge is one of the top fly fishing trips in the lower 48, and features spectacular scenery, interesting geology, sightings of varied wildlife, and most importantly, excellent fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s surveys show that the Gunnison River holds more fish per mile than any other river in the state at more than 10,000 fish per mile!
- May-October Mayflies
- June-July Stoneflies
- July-October Caddis
- August-October Streamers (prime time)
- Guides: This outfitter maintains the most experienced guide staff on the river, with over 200 years of combined experience. They look forward to showing you a first class fishing experience from beginning to end.
Trophy Brown and Rainbow Trout Fishery
The main prize on the “Gunny” are the trophy rainbows that can measure over 20”, and this amazing stretch of river also has a healthy brown trout population. This is one of the only floats to offer both fantastic fishing and exciting whitewater in the same trip. Multi-day trips down the lower Gunnison River are slower paced and offer ample time spent out of the boat fishing from foot.
You’ll start and end your trip at the lodge.
All trips begin and end at this unique riverside fishing lodge located on a working peach orchard. The facility is set up to comfortably feed, house and entertain guests before and after their adventures. An on site fly shop carries flies, licenses and other fishing supplies. A stocked trout pond on the property, offers casting practice and the chance to catch a really big fish. Guests are also invited to fish three miles of private water on the Gunnison River.
The fishing float season extends from mid May through the beginning of October.
Early season: The early stone fly fishing can be excellent in the Gunnison Gorge! During June and into July the Gunnison River gets large hatches of Salmon flies along with other stoneflies. If fishing to large rainbow and brown trout with a size 2 dry fly sounds fun to you this is the time and place to do it!
Summer: Through summer a variety of techniques are used to fish the Gunnison, your guide will know what is working best to put you on the fish. Nymphing, dry fly fishing, and throwing streamers can all be done in a single day on the “Gunny”.
Late Summer and Fall: If you are into throwing streamers to large aggressive brown trout August through October is prime time! In addition to streamer fishing the lower stretch of the canyon is conducive to fishing large foam hoppers along the grassy cut banks to entice the big browns that lurk below!
This is one of the only floats to offer both fantastic fly fishing and exciting whitewater in the same trip.
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Just getting back on the grid…chasing large trout on Limay, Collon Cura and related rivers in Patagonia! This was the trip of a lifetime. I caught 25+, 20″ trout for 2 days on the Limay River all on DRIES including a 29.5″ brownie. Totally absurd. Jessica crushed them as well. A+ trip. We’re working on the dates for another February trip.
Thank you for putting together a great trip for my group. Everyone had a great time and mentioned numerous times that they would love a return trip. Your team of guides, transfer drivers and chefs was fantastic. The logistical planning that goes into making a great trip in Argentina looks near impossible and you show that it not only can be done, but done exceptionally well! The down side to that is that it makes me realize how pathetically easy we have it here in Montana!
I have known Ron for many years. Ron is the consummate professional and someone I look up to and aspire to emulate. I have worked for him and had him work for me and he is a great guy and guide. He has been guiding for almost 30 years and has never lost his passion for guiding clients from all walks of life and I believe is one of the finest individuals I know. He builds custom trips for his clients based on their wants, needs and budget. The thing that impressed me the most about Ron’s operation is the network he has developed over twenty years of guiding Patagonia and the private access he has. Logistics are one of the toughest things to negotiate down there with limited public access and Ron has it all dialed. His guide staff is excellent as well. They are all well versed in English and there are not any communication problems.
Where do I begin? This was a trip of a lifetime. Phenomenal accommodations at the lodge, great people and excellent fishing. The Blanco camp, which was only accessible by horseback and then a boat ride was out of this world. The fishing was the best I have ever seen and the camp was far more luxurious than one would imagine at such a remote location. 13/10 would recommend.
Our host, Patrick Kissel is one of the nicest, hardest working, knowledgeable people I’ve been around.
Great outfitter, well informed kept me in the loop the entire time, laid out great plans. Was a wonderful outfitter!
I have never caught such large trout in my life. I hope to come back, and share it with my friends and family.