CO Guiding

Our services and fees are based on skill level and location.

Option A - Beginner Walk-Wade

No experience needed.  Short travel time, with easy walk-in access.  Combines on-land casting lessons and guiding (e.g., one hour on-land lesson, followed by in-water instruction and guiding).  In-water instruction may include nymphing, dry fly, and wet fly techniques, fly selection and presentation, rigging and knots, hook set and landing fish, best C.P.R. fish photo techniques, and lots more. 

One Angler                                Two Anglers
3 Hours = $275                          3 Hours = $300  
4 Hours = $300                          4 Hours = $325
5 Hours = $325                          5 Hours = $350

Location/Waters: Lower and middle Poudre River, Gateway Natural Area, and the lower Big Thompson River.  From Fort Collins, these locations are approximately 20-40 minutes drive.

NOTE: You are welcome to bring your own fly rod, or a fly rod, flies, leader, tippet and other equipment will be provided. Clients must bring their own waders and boots, or rent from local sources.  Does not include food and beverage.  Refundable deposit required for reservation, and cash or e-payment options.

Option B - Beginner Walk-Wade

No experience needed.  Longer travel time, with 10-40 minutes of moderate hike-in access.  Combines on-land casting lessons and guiding (e.g., one hour on-land lesson, followed by in-water instruction and guiding).  In-water instruction may include nymphing, dry fly, and wet fly techniques, fly selection and presentation, rigging and knots, hook set and landing fish, best C.P.R. fish photo techniques, and lots more. 

One Angler                                Two Anglers
3 Hours = $300                          3 Hours = $325    
4 Hours = $325                          4 Hours = $350
5 Hours = $350                          5 Hours = $375

Location/Waters: The above pricing is for the upper Poudre River (Rustic  area), the upper and lower North Fork of the Poudre River (Cherokee location), and middle/upper Big Thompson, and Rocky Mountain National Park.  From Fort Collins, these locations are approximately 50-90 minutes drive.

NOTE: You are welcome to bring your own fly rod, or a fly rod, flies, leader, tippet and other equipment will be provided. Clients must bring their own waders and boots, or rent from local sources.  Does not include food and beverage.  Refundable deposit required for reservation, and cash or e-payment options.

Option A - Intermediate & Advanced Walk-Wade

100% in water guiding, and limited instruction as needed. This service does not include on-land casting lessons, and is not the best option for beginners. 

Intermediate/Advanced anglers typically have their own equipment, and want their time focused on catching fish. 


One Angler
                                   Two Anglers
4 Hours = $325                            4 Hours = $350
6 Hours = $350                            6 Hours = $375
8 Hours = $375                            8 Hours = $400

Location/Waters: The above pricing is for the lower and middle Poudre River, Gateway Natural Area, and the lower Big Thompson River.  From Fort Collins, these locations are approximately 20-40 minutes drive.

NOTE: You are welcome to bring your own fly rod, or a fly rod, flies, leader, tippet and other equipment will be provided. Clients must bring their own waders and boots, or rent from local sources.  Does not include food and beverage.  Refundable deposit required for reservation, and cash or e-payment options.

Option B - Intermediate & Advanced Walk-Wade

100% in water guiding, and limited instruction as needed. This service does not include on-land casting lessons, and is not the best option for beginners.  

Intermediate/Advanced anglers typically have their own equipment, and want their time focused on catching fish. 


One Angler                                   Two Anglers
4 Hours = $350                            4 Hours = $375    
6 Hours = $375                            6 Hours = $400
8 Hours = $400                            8 Hours = $425

Location/Waters: The above pricing is for the upper Poudre River (Rustic area), the north fork of the Poudre River, and middle/upper Big Thompson, and Rocky Mountain National Park.  From Fort Collins, these locations are approximately 50-90 minutes drive. 

NOTE: You are welcome to bring your own fly rod, or a fly rod, flies, leader, tippet and other equipment will be provided. Clients must bring their own waders and boots, or rent from local sources.  Does not include food and beverage.  Refundable deposit required for reservation, and cash or e-payment options.

Alpine Adventure Walk-Wade: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced

The Cameron Pass area offers stunning scenery, lots of wildlife, and excellent wild trout and arctic grayling fishing.  On-land casting lessons are optional.  The elevation range is between 9-12,000 feet, and access is easy to difficult.  
Seasonal only, weather permitting, and a combined fishing and camping program is highly recommended - please contact us for more information. 

One Angler                                  Two Anglers
4 Hours = $400                           4 Hours = $425
6 Hours = $425                           6 Hours = $450
8 Hours = $450                           8 Hours = $475

Location/Waters: The above pricing is for the headwaters/confluence of the Poudre River/Corral and Hague Creek, Joe Wright and Long Draw reservoirs, and Lake Agnes.  From Fort Collins, these locations are approximately 120 minutes drive.

Camping/Lodging: Paid or free camping. For a cabin or Airbnb, the nearest options are in Rustic, Gould, and Red Feather.

NOTE: You are welcome to bring your own fly rod, or a fly rod, flies, leader, tippet and other equipment will be provided. Clients must bring their own waders and boots, or rent from local sources.  Does not include food and beverage.  Refundable deposit required for reservation, and cash or e-payment options.

Service Locations - Colorado Waters

Upper Poudre River - Rustic to Cameron Pass
Born in Rocky Mountain National Park (Poudre Lake), the Poudre runs undammed for 126 miles, before joining the South Platte River, in Greeley, CO.  Compared to the lower and middle sections, the upper Poudre has less people, no whitewater rafting, fantastic scenery and wildlife, and lots of very wild fish!  From Fort Collins, it's approximately 40 miles and up to a 75 minute drive.  Species: Brown and Rainbow Trout, up to 22"  Fly Rods: 2wt-5wt.  The river has lots of structure, and is perfect for nymphing, dry fly, dry-dropper, and wet fly techniques.  On warm days, wet wading is best.  Season: 365 days per year.  
Lodging: Paid camping; Rustic, Gould, Read Feather Lakes, and Fort Collins (for hotels, Inns, cabins).

Middle Poudre River - between Mishawaka Bar/Restaurant and Rustic.
The middle section is defined by the canyon, and offers plenty of large, medium, and small plunge pools, filled with fish.  Species: Brown and Rainbow Trout, up to 22"  Fly Rods: 2wt-5wt.  The river has lots of structure, and is perfect for nymphing, dry fly, dry-dropper, and wet fly techniques.  On warm days, wet wading is best.  Season: 365 days per year.  Lodging: Paid or free camping; Rustic, Red Feather Lakes and Fort Collins (for hotels, Inns, cabins).

Lower Poudre River - Between Picnic Rock and Mishawaka Bar/Restaurant
The lower section offers clients excellent fishing opportunities, with less driving time and reduced services fees.  Species: Brown and Rainbow Trout, up to 22"  Fly Rods: 2wt-5wt.  The river has lots of structure, and is perfect for nymphing, dry fly, dry-dropper, and wet fly techniques.  On warm days, wet wading is best.  Season: 365 days per year.  Lodging: Paid camping and Fort Collins.

The North Fork of the Poudre River - Cherokee Upper Section  
Our most popular service location!  No road/traffic noise, little or no people, fantastic scenery and wildlife, and lots of very wild fish.  From Fort Collins, it's approximately 40 miles and a 75 minute drive to the trailhead.  Compared to the lower section, the upper section is a more challenging hike in and out.  From the trailhead, it's a 25 minute downhill hike to the river.  Species: Brown and Rainbow Trout, up to 18".  Fly Rods: 2wt-5wt.  The river has lots of structure, and is perfect for micro nymphing, dry fly, dry-dropper, and wet fly techniques.  On warm days, wet wading is best.  Vehicle restriction September 1st till May 1st (walk-in access for hunting and fishing). Lodging: Paid or free camping. Livermore, Red Feather Lakes, Fort Collins (for hotels, Inns, cabins). 
 
  

The North Fork of the Poudre River - Cherokee Lower Section  
No road/traffic noise, little or no people, fantastic scenery and wildlife, and lots of very wild fish.  From Fort Collins, it's approximately 40 miles and a 75 minute drive to the trailhead.  Compared to the upper section, the lower section is an easier hike in and out.  From the trailhead, it's a  15 minute downhill hike to the river.  Species: Brown and Rainbow Trout, up to 20".  Fly Rods: 2wt-5wt.  The river has lots of structure, and is perfect for micro nymphing, dry fly, dry-dropper, and wet fly techniques.  On warm days, wet wading is best.  Vehicle restriction September 1st till May 1st (walk-in access for hunting and fishing).  May  Lodging: Paid or free camping. Livermore, Red Feather Lakes, Fort Collins (for hotels, Inns, cabins). 

Rocky Mountain National Park
RMNP is the third most visited national park in the United States, and the most popular in Colorado.  The park is nearly 450 square miles, with over 265,000 acres. The park is home to dozens of peaks over 10,00 feet, with Longs Peak being the highest mountain at 14,259 feet.  Expect to see amazing scenery, lots of wildlife (e.g., deer, elk, raptors), and catch wild trout.  In addition to streams and rivers, there are hundreds of lakes in RMNP, and most of them have trout.  Some lakes are an easy walk from the parking lot, while others present a moderate hike in.  Backcountry lakes, at elevations over 10,000 feet, and due to low human pressure, are known to be the best - but based on time, distance, and weather, they can be difficult to access in a single day.  Species: Brown-Rainbow-Cutthroat-Brook Trout.  Fly Rods: 4wt-6wt.  The river structure varies, offering anglers the opportunity to swing flies downstream, nymph rocky structures, cast dry flies and dry-droppers.  On warm days, wet wading is best.  Season: April - October.  Lodging: Estes Park, Loveland, or camping.

Big Thompson River (BTR) - Upper, Middle and Lower Sections
It's 78 miles long, and the headwaters begin in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The upper river flows east through Moraine Park to the town of Estes Park.  There it is held in Lake Estes, by Olympus Dam.  Below the dam, are the middle and lower sections (tailwater).  From lake Estes, and before joining the South Platte River, the river descends 1/2 mile in elevation through the mountains in the spectacular 25 mile BTR canyon.  
Expect to see amazing scenery, some wildlife (e.g., deer, elk, raptors, bighorn sheep), and catch wild trout.  Species: Brown, Rainbow, with fish up to 24", and the majority between 8"-14".  Fly Rods: 2wt-6wt.  In each section, the river structure varies, offering anglers the opportunity to swing flies downstream, nymph rocky structures, cast dry flies and dry-droppers.  On warm days, wet wading is best.  Season: 365 days lower section.  Lodging: Estes Park, Loveland, or camping.

Cameron Pass - Alpine Lakes and Reservoirs
Approximately 1.30 hours from Fort Collins.  If summer temps are high, fishing at +/- 10,000 feet could be the answer.  Reservoir walk-ins are an easy 10-20 minutes.  Lake hike-ins are moderate to 1-2 hours.  Species: Brook, Cutthroat, and Rainbow Trout, up to 20".   Fly Rods: 0-5wt.  Season: After ice-out, typically mid/late June to early/mid October.  Lodging: Free or paid camping, Rustic, Gould, Red Feather, Walden, and Fort Collins (for hotels, Inns, cabins). 
 

Cameron Pass - Alpine Creeks and Rivers
Approximately 2.0 hours from Fort Collins (to the trailhead).  Elevation range 9-11,000 feet. Species: Cutthroat and Brook Trout, up to 20".  Fly Rods: 0-5wt.  Season: After ice out, typically mid/late June to early October.  Lodging: Free or paid camping, Rustic, Gould, Red Feather, Walden, and Fort Collins (for hotels, Inns, cabins). 

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