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These “private waters” fisheries have several things in common:


  • First and foremost, a fishing opportunity that is exceptional and can only be enjoyed by those staying at that particular property – i.e., it’s private.

  • An upscale ambiance and cuisine, top notch guides and service.  An upscale price.

  • Better book very early as these spots sell out primarily with repeat clients.


The most upscale of them all, Three Forks Ranch, located in
Northern Colorado near Steamboat Springs, is a relatively new private waters fishery.  This is a 200,000 acre working cattle ranch straddling the Wyoming/Colorado border.  There is sixteen miles of private stream fishing in addition to several ponds and lakes teeming with rainbow, brown, brook and native Colorado River Cutthroat Trout.  FIrst class accomodations, five-star dining and many other complimentary activities will round out your outdoor adventure to this pristine property.

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Discriminating fly fishing traveler, Bob Friend, commented after his first stay, “I’ve never caught so many twenty-plus inch fish;” and regarding the overall operation - “on a scale of 1 to 10, this place rates at 11!”


At the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains, a few hours north of Albuquerque, is the Pecos River Ranch owned by Val Kilmer.  The Pecos River Ranch has a distinctly Southwest ambiance that makes it unique.  This 6500 acre property, with 5 miles of the Pecos River on the ranch, certainly has the potential to take its place among the “best in the West” as a private waters fishery..  Additionally, there are other excellent private water fisheries in the area to round out a three or four day fly fishing package in the Southwest.

Click on the following links for additional information and/or client comments about this destination:

Colorado Rockies:
New Mexico:
Rocky Mountain "Private Waters"

Don Muelrath
Fly Fishing Adventures

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