Fishing with Colorado Outfitters

Fishing Expeditions with Colorado Outfitters

At Colorado Outfitters, we cater our fishing trips to all abilities (beginner to expert, guided and unguided pack-in) and all interest levels. We offer some of the most pristine back country fishing in the state within Colorado Wilderness (access limited to "on-foot" and horseback only) and on National Forest. Our season starts typically in early spring when local lakes and inlets start to thaw. Fishing at ice out can be hot for big rainbows, cutthroat and grayling in local lakes. These trips will be out of our Base Ranch where we will drive and four-wheel to local fisheries. Hiking through snow can be required this time of year but the rewards can be great!

As we move into early summer (late June - early July) with snow receding in the back country, we are able to start reaching our lower elevation back country lakes on horseback. Again, right after ice out fishing can be very productive. During this time, with spring run off small rivers are still too high and fast to fish, but this begins to change in early to mid July.

About mid July is when we can get to some of our most remote waters via horseback and mule strings including getting our remote camps set. These remote lakes offer back country fishing at it's finest for big cutthroat and brookies! We also offer a unique way to fish these lakes using packable, inflatable boats which we pack in on mules. Not only does this take the headache out of fishing tight shorelines with steep banks and trees, but it also allows us to literally fish water that otherwise is not fish-able. This definitely impacts our ability to not only catch more fish but also more consistently hook  bigger fish! It is about the early to mid July timeframe that small river fishing heats up and stays productive most of the summer! If you enjoy fishing light tackle and dry flies for small brookies, this is as good as it gets!

For guided trips, we offer experienced, professional guides who know both the water and the country. In preparation for your trip, we will provide insight on proper gear, tackle and flies needed. For those who are beginners, we also offer fly fishing instruction and thoroughly enjoy introducing folks to the sport! You'd be surprised with a little instruction and time on the water how quickly you can improve and start catching fish! We certainly also understand many youngsters may not yet be ready for fly fishing and want to spin fish. That is not a problem either. We do encourage pinching the barbs on hooks with lures as we actively practice catch and release to preserve the quality of our fisheries. However, this does not exclude keeping a few small brookies for an appetizer here and there!

When you come fish with Colorado Outfitters, you can expect to find a professional, experienced staff as well as excellent stock for all riding abilities. Therefore, if you enjoy riding the back country and want to get away from the crowds on your next fishing adventure, we are a destination you need to experience! We will put together a trip that meets your interests whether it is from our local waters, Wilderness Pack-in or a taste of both. Lastly, if you have any special requests please ask (including menu), we will do what we can to make your fishing trip with us everything you want it to be and more!

Wilderness Fly Fishing Expeditions Video

Colorado Outfitters offers amazing Wilderness Fly Fishing Expeditions. Watch a bit of what we offer in the video below.

Fishing Information

Wilderness Fly Fishing Expeditions

Enjoy a true fishing adventure on some of the most pristine waters.  Choose a wilderness pack-in expedition with Colorado Outfitters.    

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Rates and Booking

Ready to book your fishing expedition with Colorado Outfitters?  Check here for our most current rates and booking information.  

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Local Waters Fishing Trips

If you prefer day fishing trips without losing some of the comforts of home, a local waters trip may be for you. 

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Trip Planning

Booked your trip?  Here are some resources and information to help you plan for a successful trip with Colorado Outfitters!  

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Fishing Checklist

We've put together a comprehensive gear and supplies list to help you plan your fishing trip to Colorado Outfitters.  

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Contact Us

Do you prefer to speak in person?  So do we!  Give us a call or shoot us an email and we can arrange a time to speak one-on-one. 

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"I had a great time fishing at Colorado Outfitters last summer! We did lake fishing the first day where I was catching cutthroats in the 14-16 inch range and the next day we fished some fast action, small river water catching brookies in the 10-12 inch range on dry flies! While I had fished with my guide, Bob Terwilliger before in his previous guiding job, this was my first time here. Needless to say, I'll be back as fishing, scenery and horses were great!"

Fishing Client - Paul Winterman

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Colorado Outfitters, LLC
19495 County Road 17
Craig, CO 81625
(970) 319-4866

What Our Clients Say

Myself, Mike Cigich and Marty Moyer would like to thank you for an awesome experience!

Thanks again for the experience!

Your satisfied client - Adam Walker

I waited 25 years to draw this tag and I can't say enough about how Colorado Outfitters made my dream come true!

Ricky Taaffee

Our wilderness pack in trip with Colorado Outfitters was top notch from beginning to end. The quality of the Guides, horses, meals and accommodations were superb.

The Reid Family

I had the good fortune to choose Outfitters as the professional guide service for my Colorado Moose hunt. I can recommend Colorado Outfitters with the highest confidence.

Mark Sampson

I had a great time fishing at Colorado Outfitters last summer! This was my first time here. Needless to say, I'll be back as fishing, scenery and horses were great!

Paul Winterman

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Colorado Outfitters, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and provider, authorized by special use permits from the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office to operate on the White River and Routt National Forests.