One of the greatest things about Colorado is the multitude of public angling opportunities available to fly anglers. However, there are still other opportunities where access is more limited, and Trouts Fly Fishing is committed to helping facilitate exclusive access to these world-class properties. Our list of Private Waters is ever evolving, and our mission in offering these to our customers is to enhance the angling experience for those wishing to fish a stretch of river that is managed in a manner that preserves a section of water for future generations.
While not guarenteed, the likelyhood of catching more fish, and bigger fish is going to be much higher on these private water options. We want to be upfront that the fish on these properties are BIG, but they are big for a reason (hint, hint, they are stocked fish). Please remember that due to this fact, access to these properties is limited, and is available on a first come, first served basis. As such, we highly encourage anyone wanting to fish these properties to book your trip far in advance to ensure we can get you on the right property, on the right day.
Considered by many to be the premier private property on which to fish for trophy-sized Trout in the Rocky Mountain area. This property has been managed for quality fly fishing, by the same owner, since 1988. Over the years the nearly one mile of river has been gradually tweaked to provide great habitat for the fish that call Boxwood Gulch their home. A trip to Boxwood will give you an opportunity to fish for many different species of trout of extraordinary quality and size. You might think at times that these kinds of fish only exist in places like Alaska or beyond but just review the 20 years of fishing reports on the Boxwood website to see what a well-managed fishery can produce.
The Boxwood Clubhouse has a fantastic patio complete with fire pit for those end of the day “fish stories.” There are lots of challenging water for the experts and plenty of other areas for those just getting into the sport. Situated at an elevation of 8300’ in the Pike National Forest the property is surrounded by Wilderness Areas so in addition to the phenomenal fishing, you stand a good chance to see all kinds of wildlife and other natural wonders of our Colorado Great Outdoors.
The Long Meadow property is immediately adjacent to and upstream of Boxwood Gulch. Managed by the folks at Boxwood Gulch, it has been part of their fishing program since 1998. Nearly 2 miles of water and some of the best Trophy Trout fishing in the area.In September of 2014 major habitat improvement on nearly 50 % of the main channel at Long Meadow was completed. This work was done to enhance the trout holding capabilities and to provide more great fishing areas for Long Meadow anglers. While this area at times could accommodate 20 anglers the owners limit it to a maximum of only 10 anglers. If your group is more than 10 please look at the Boxwood location. Or, book both areas and get nearly 3 miles of private water.
Long Meadow is a good mix of water and terrain. Challenging enough for the expert angler and accommodating enough for novices. Ask your guide about an area called “Graduate School.” At Long Meadow big Trout lurk in its nearly 2 miles of channels and backwaters, just waiting to attack your fly. Don’t be surprised if you hook into a double-digit Bow or land a 16″ Brookie. There is a shelter, grill, picnic table, and a professionally maintained porta-potty.
North Fork Ranch is one of the most exclusive pieces of private water on the North Fork, but also in all of Colorado. One cast might produce a fourteen-inch brown trout. The next might be a three-pound rainbow. This water is known for BIG fish. Trout over 10 pounds have been caught at the North Fork Ranch. This river boasts easy access and caters to all skill levels from first-time fly fisherman to experts looking for big fish.
Abell River Ranch is our newest private water option, and it's one we're collectively excited about offering our customers. Located on the Middle Fork of the South Platte River just outside of Lake George, CO, Abell River Ranch offers 3 miles of prime access to the South Platte River. The property is home to native rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout, and offers anglers a variety of opportunities and experiences.