Info on this fishing page is ‘pre-flood.’ Edits are under construction as are some of our waters!
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We are happy to help you plan your fishing adventure here! We are happy to help you plan your fishing adventure here!

Please call our Ranch Office at (970) 667-3915 for more info on fishing fees or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Type of Access Summer Dude Guests, Overnight Retreat-Reunion Guests Bed & Breakfast Guests Day Visitors attending Ranch Events (non-overnight) Individual Day Visitors
Big Thompson River and/or Main Ranch Ponds Fly Fishing Catch & Release. No bait or spin-casting allowed in River. CO State license required in River. No charge. Get Ranch Permit in Office. $65/person/day; $15/hour Get Ranch Permit in Office. For Catch & Keep Fishing in Main Ranch Ponds; see below Individuals Only $70/person per day; $15/hour Get Ranch Permit in Office Note: Group fishing arrangements must be made in advance; see below Must be arranged through ranch-approved guides. Sylvan Dale will provide guide contact information.
Big Valley Trophy Trout Lakes Fly Fishing Catch & Release Only No bait or spin-casting allowed Guide Required, first trip every year: $200/person/day 3 or more $185/person/day Follow-up trip: $65/person/day Follow-up week (5 days): $200/person Summer 6-day Fly fishing Package (includes half-day guide, equipment): $280 Guide Required, first trip every year: $200/person/day 3 or more $185/person/day Follow-up trip: $65/person/day Must be arranged through ranch-approved guides. Sylvan Dale will provide guide contact information.
Big Valley Bass Ponds Spin-casting or Fly Fishing, Catch & Release Only No charge. Get Ranch Permit at Front Office. $65/person/day. Get Ranch Permit at Front Office.
Private Lessons and Guided Trips Main Ranch Waters & Bass Ponds $50/person ~ 2 hours $135/person (1-2 people); $125/person (3+) ~ 4 hours

Equipment Rental (rods, waders, float tubes) ~ $15/day, $40/week with refundable $50 deposit.

"Catch-and-keep" Fishing, with bait and spin-casting, are available in the Main Ranch Ponds by special arrangement.

  • Groups, by pre-arrangement, pay a pond fee (including attendant, poles, bait and fish cleaning), $130 for 2 hours; $200 for 1/2-day (up to 4 hours); $65/hour for additional hours. Plus $8.00/fish (absolutely no throwbacks).
  • B&B guests pay $8.00/fish (absolutely no throwbacks). Arrange fishing permit through ranch office. You clean and package your own fish for take-home
All Fees Subject to Change.

Fishing Equipment And Supplies Fishing Equipment And Supplies

For your convenience, rods, waders and boots, and float tubes are available for a small rental fee. The Ranch store contains a good selection of flies and other supplies. If you hire a guide, usually they provide all equipment, unless you have your own. Please ask!

For River fishing, we recommend a 4–6 weight, 9-foot rod, floating lines, and light weight waders. For the trophy lakes, 5–7 weight rods are preferred. On many days, these lakes can be fished from the bank; but sometimes when the fish are at the bottom, a float tube is recommended. Both floating lines and sink-tip lines are useful in the lakes. Heavier waders are recommended if you are going to be sitting in a float tube for long periods.

For the river, 5X tippets are best. For the trophy lakes, we use 3X tippets for streamers, and 4X for smaller flies.

On our Current Conditions blog, you can get a better idea of what’s hot and what’s not right before your visit.

 

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    2939 N County RD 31D
    Loveland CO 80538
    (970) 667-3915
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