• Private Fly Fishing Trophy Trout Waters Loveland Fort Collins
  • Private Fly Fishing Trophy Trout Waters Loveland Fort Collins
  • Private Fly Fishing Trophy Trout Waters Loveland Fort Collins
  • Private Fly Fishing Trophy Trout Waters Loveland Fort Collins
  • Private Fly Fishing Trophy Trout Waters Loveland Fort Collins
  • Private Fly Fishing Trophy Trout Waters Loveland Fort Collins
  • Private Fly Fishing Trophy Trout Waters Loveland Fort Collins
  • Private Fly Fishing Trophy Trout Waters Loveland Fort Collins
  • Private Fly Fishing Trophy Trout Waters Loveland Fort Collins
  • Private Fly Fishing Trophy Trout Waters Loveland Fort Collins

The Magic of Sylvan Dale WatersThe Magic of Sylvan Dale Waters

Sylvan Dale is proud to offer many options for all ages and skill levels to enjoy fishing adventures on our private waters: fly fishing on stillwater and moving waters for trout, spin-cast fishing with bait for "catch-and keep" trout and fly fishing or spin-cast fishing for largemouth bass.

We can’t wait to hear you holler,
FISH ON!

Trophy Trout Lakes in the Big Valley Trophy Trout Lakes in the Big Valley

By casting to cruising trout, much like a spring creek, Mother Lake can often be fished from the bank. During hot summer days, a float tube is especially useful. Woolly buggers, crayfish patterns, terrestrials, parachute adams, damsel fly nymphs and large (#12) chironomid midge pupae flies are effective lures at different times of the year.

Island Lake contains a high proportion of rainbow trout, and Big Lake has a population of largemouth bass and small-mouth bass. Weldon and Long Lakes contain rainbow trout up to 20" with an occasional trophy trout over 22" surprising anglers.

The Big Valley lakes are spring fed and are often fishable year round. Fishing in the Big Valley is limited to catch and release fly fishing using only artificial flies with barbless hooks.

Moffitt Angling Video

The Federation of Fly Fisher's Annual Conclave

Bass Ponds Bass Ponds

The Pump Lakes in the Lower Big Valley contain largemouth bass ranging up to five pounds. These scrappy fish may be caught on fly rods or spinning gear using single hook lures (no treble hooks please). We have both largemouth and smallmouth bass in Big Lake. All of the bass lakes offer exciting opportunities to watch a big bass hit your fly or lure and provide even beginners with a lot of fun fishing!

Big Thompson River Big Thompson River

Flowing through Ranch land this prime section of private freestone stream is a wild trout fishery containing stretches of pocket water, rapids, wide riffles and deep holes. Runoff begins in mid-May and usually lasts through the end of June. Starting in mid-July, water volumes gradually diminish until the winter low when trout head for the deep holes.

Brown Trout are the most frequent catch in the Big Thompson with Rainbows also present in large numbers.

In this section of river, the trout tend to be brilliant in color and larger than the hatchery stocked trout often found at higher altitudes. The average size is 12 inches with 16-inchers caught most days. Occasionally anglers will even land up to a 25-inch brown trout on our stretches of private river waters to rival our trophy trout in the stocked lakes!

Abundant mayfly nymphs and caddis fly larvae populate the River. The Big Thompson is known for its large golden stone fly nymphs, which hatch in late June or early July. Nymphal husks can often be seen clinging to streamside rocks. Size 8 Golden stone nymphs are a must for your fly box on this River.

Other useful patterns include olive green caddis larvae (size 12-14), gray and brown mayfly nymph patterns (size 14-18), elk hair caddis (size 14-16), light yellow and tan hoppers (size 8), black ants (size 16-18), blue quill wets (size 14) and in August, size 10 ginger quill drys and rusty spinners. During the evening rise, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, the Big Thompson boils with activity and trout are liable to hit almost anything you throw at them.

We have designated the river for catch-and-release fly fishing with barbless hooks (no bait fishing; no spin-cast rigs). A state license is required. Please visit the Apps And Licenses website for additional information.

Main Ranch Ponds Main Ranch Ponds

Close to your cabin door, the ponds at the Main Ranch contain beautiful rainbow trout in the 12-19 inch range. These ponds are open to catch-and-release fly fishing to summer dude guests and retreat guests who are qualified anglers.

B&B guests may also fish these waters and the adjacent Big Thompson River for a nominal access fee. Catch-and-keep (no throwbacks) bait fishing is offered on a fee basis for groups. During the summer dude ranch season, our guests can fish these ponds at designated times; kids (of all ages) have a blast! At our Friday night ranch party we’ll serve up a tasty trout dish.

  • Contact Us About:

    » General Inquiry
    » Ranch Vacations
    » Wedding Events
    » Meetings & Retreats
    » Parties & Picnics

    Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
    2939 N County RD 31D
    Loveland CO 80538
    (970) 667-3915
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.