Fly Fishing in Colorado
Nothing stimulates a healthy trout like spring temperatures. Spring does the same for men’s souls. This is the most exciting time of year at The High Lonesome Ranch. The western slope of the Colorado Rockies is coming alive. The wild grasses are greening, the wildflowers are blooming, hatches are coming off, and trout are rising. The epic feeding frenzy on the Main Ranch begins in April.
Summer means warmer air and water temperatures and it’s the perfect time to book a Fly Fishing Expedition and explore some of our big beautiful neighborhood on one or more of the great western rivers where you can do some wading or drift boat fishing. Or bring your families and teach kids to fly-fish on the Main Ranch where footing is solid and wading isn’t required.
The K-T Ranch fishing comes to life right around the 4th of July. Mid to late summer is prime time in Meeker. Late August and early September are idyllic. As the fields are beginning to dry and prep begins for cutting, the big grasshoppers are abundant and so are the trout that relish their annual arrival. The White River practically boils with trout when farmers mow their hay on the neighboring fields and the hoppers go wild.
Fall brings Cast & Blast and Fin & Feather Expedition trips, both of which are wing shooters’ and anglers’ favorites – engaging in two of their favorite sports on the same day. Colors and moods become vibrant as the air temps cool. These activities continue through later months based on weather conditions.
The High Lonesome Ranch is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge, and all instructors are certified Orvis fly casting instructors and guides.
Spend a day in the field with a good dog. Hunting is a great excuse.
Shorter, cooler days, tall grass, and hundreds of acres of pristine upland coverts give a man and a dog some of what really matters.
The High Lonesome Ranch is a ruggedly scenic western slope Orvis experience with some of the finest dogs in North America. Hunt pheasant, chukar, and quail in tons of acres of pristine upland coverts with the award-winning Brookside Gun Dogs. The diversity of terrain can take you through tall wheat, sorghum, and rye fields. As the weather changes so do the habits of our quarry, and they move into creek bottoms, sage, and oak brush flats. The North Dry Fork Valley is comfortably traversed by hunters of all ages and offers incredible cover for the birds and dogs to do their work.
Have your own Orvis-endorsed wing shooting adventure with a gathering of good friends. Call now to plan your dream trip afield – exactly as wild as you want. Wing shooting season runs late September through Thanksgiving and is available to private parties and groups on a special-request basis.
Western luxury lodging in private cabins & shared house suites offer space, privacy & choices. WIFI is available at headquarters, the main pavilion, and in most of the houses and cabins if you really want to stay connected while getting away to the western wilderness. All the accommodations have fully stocked kitchens and large outdoor kennels are available for wing shooters who like to hunt over their own dogs.
The sprawling ranch sleeps only 38 within its 400+ square miles, giving an intimate, yet spacious feel to the experience. There is plenty of room and opportunity to feel like you own the place and get truly personalized service. Houses and cabins are spread out to optimize privacy. You’ll feel the close attention of our professional associates and skilled guides as they cater to your every wish. Guests can choose their favored type of accommodations based on availability and seasonality.
Castle Rock Camp in our nearby Kimball Creek Valley offers glamorous camping – glamping – in safari-style tents. King beds (or two twins), dressers, chairs and western elegance make for an elegantly comfortable stay. Thermostatically controlled heaters take the chill off the night air. The sounds of Kimball Creek will lull you to sleep and will be the first thing you hear in the morning. Fire pits make good gathering spots to watch starry skies. Private, locked marble baths are close by for each of the 8 tents. The 1200-square-foot log Pavilion with a roaring stone fireplace nearby provides a great space for festive group meals, happy hours, gatherings and more.
Our private cabins, each with its own personality and features, are scattered around the ranch, some renovations of original homestead farmhouses. Two larger houses are great for groups or extended families or friends and are closer to the headquarters. Accommodations have kitchens stocked with snacks on the counters, coffeemakers, and drinks in the refrigerator. There are also big TVs, entertainment and games, and private baths.
Our outdoor adventure, laid-back western luxury lodging, warm hospitality, modern conveniences, and rugged western flavor are a great combination. And ultimately that combination is part of what makes us “exactly as wild as you want.”