• Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado
  • Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado
  • Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado
  • Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado
  • Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado
  • Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado
  • Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado
  • Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado
  • Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado
  • Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado
  • Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado
  • Trophy Trout and Bass Fishing Colorado

Colorado’s best fishing experience and a chance to enter the 24" Club! Colorado’s best fishing experience and a chance to enter the 24

“With all the comforts of home and true western hospitality, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is a favorite destination for fly anglers and nonfishermen alike. With two chains of spring-fed trophy trout lakes and private access on the Big Thompson River, anglers can find solitude and an excellent chance to enter ‘The 24-Inch Club’.”

Marty Bartholomew
Fly Fisher’s Guide to Colorado

Info on this fishing page is ‘pre-flood.’ Edits are under construction as are some of our waters!
We do have some fishing available; please call 970.667.3915 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%3cmailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sylvan Dale is a family-friendly ranch where non-anglers, beginners and experienced fly fishers can enjoy themselves. Novices and young people learn the art of fly fishing from our experienced guides. It's great to see the delight on children's faces when a 15-inch rainbow trout leaps high in the air at the end of the line — and fun to watch their parents unsuccessfully try to restrain themselves from "helping"!

Spring-fed trophy trout lakes, bass ponds, and two miles of private access to the Big Thompson River attract experienced anglers from all over the world, like legendary fly fisherman and author John Gierach who regularly fishes our private trout waters. Sylvan Dale is featured in John Gierach's video on stillwater fishing and in many other fly fishing books and videos.

Private Lakes & Big Thompson River! One Hour from Denver Private Lakes & Big Thompson River! One Hour from Denver

At a Glance: At a Glance:

Trophy Trout Lakes in the Big Valley

Home to rainbows, Donaldson steelhead, and browns. Our trout typically range from 15 to 26 inches (with some reaching 30 inches and up to 12 pounds). Open to catch-and-release fly fishing only.

Four Bass Lakes in the Big Valley

These lakes contain panfish and largemouth bass up to 7 pounds. Open to fly fishing and spin casting with single hooks, all on a catch-and-release basis.

Big Thompson River

Flowing through the heart of the Main Ranch, our private slice of the river rewards anglers with rainbows and browns averaging 13 inches, some up to 25 inches! Another beautiful section of the Big T is in our nearby Big Valley and provides even more opportunity to fly fish private moving water. Catch-and-release fly fishing only. Colorado State fishing license required.

Main Ranch Ponds

These waters are stocked with rainbow trout typically ranging from 11 to 19 inches. Catch-and-keep fishing is offered during supervised hours during dude season and anytime guests make arrangements to rent the ponds. Catch-and-release fishing by qualified anglers is also allowed.

Ranch Fishing Opportunities… Ranch Fishing Opportunities

For Summer Dude Ranch Guests: Complementary fly fishing access to the river and main ranch ponds is offered free for our Dude Vacation guests. Instruction and guided trips to our trophy trout lakes also available. Kids and adults enjoy supervised pond spin-cast/bait fishing for bass and trout during the week.

For Group Events: Both fly fishing and pond bait fishing are available for group events guests. Overnight retreat guests may fly fish our main ranch waters at no charge. Lessons and guided trips are also available.

For Bed & Breakfast Guests: If you're joining us for a bed and breakfast stay, the Big Thompson River and Main Ranch ponds are available for a daily or hourly access fee. Lessons and guided trips to our trophy trout lakes can also be arranged. Catch-and-keep available on a pay-per-fish basis.

For Day Visitors: Day visitors may fish ranch waters only when accompanied by a ranch-approved guide. List available at the Front Desk.

Special Fishing Events: We host fishing clubs, local fly shops providing casting clinics and fishing classes, and occasional fishing specials for day visitors. Call the Ranch for more details: (970) 667-3915

More Information… More Information

  • Fishing Rates — Fishing fees are based on the type of fishing (fly fishing or "catch-and-keep"), the hours reserved, the number of people, and the waters used.
  • Senior Ranch Guides — Contact info and photos of our four main guides. Full list of ranch-approved guides is available from ranch office.
  • Equipment and supplies — We rent waders, float tubes, and rods. The ranch gift shop offers a variety of flies and other supplies. If you hire a guide, they usually provide everything you need to fly fish our private waters.
  • Fish Fotos — See pictures of big trout and happy anglers.
  • Conditions & Tips — Find out what flies are working and other good tips for fly fishing on our private lakes and river sections.
  • Ranch waters — Detailed fishing waters descriptions
  • Fish Stories — Read what others say about their Sylvan Dale Fishing Experience.
  • Flyfishing & Tying magazine article — by David Hughes

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What our fishers have to tell… What our fishers have to tell

Scott Roederer, writing for the Angling Report, rates the lake fishing in the Big Valley as “extraordinary.” “In one day,” he states, “I caught the two biggest brown trout of my life, hooked what surely would have been my biggest rainbow and enjoyed some of the best river fishing the area has to offer.”

Mike and Christine Fong featured Sylvan Dale in one of their Inside Angler publications, and listed the Ranch as a destination for hexagenia hatches in Fly Fisherman Magazine.

Authors Mel Krieger and Barry Reynolds use Sylvan Dale's waters for fly fishing classes.

Legendary fly fishing author John Gierach regularly fishes the Big Valley Lakes. The Big Valley waters were used in the filming of John Gierach's video on stillwater fishing.

guide holding big trout over water

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    Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
    2939 N County RD 31D
    Loveland CO 80538
    (970) 667-3915
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