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  • 2021 Trip Dates Available!!

    Steamboat Lake * Summit County

    2021 Trip Dates Available!!

    Steamboat Lake * Summit County

About Colorado Outfitters

Our pack-in wilderness fly fishing expeditions provide access to some of Colorado’s finest back country fishing.  We offer remote camps in several locations all providing comfortable accommodations. Our camps are set with wall tents, woodstoves, cots and foam pads. We use solar showers with an enclosure to enable clients who wish to clean up after enjoying a day riding and fishing the back country. All pack-in trips are done on horse back with mule strings. Our camps are off the beaten path and anywhere from a two to five hour horse back ride. Based on this, we recommend trips with a minimum of three days of fishing plus one day packing in and one day packing out. For guided trips, we use packable boats which further enhance the fishing and result in more fish in your net. You can expect to catch brook trout and cutthroats typically ranging from ten to sixteen inches with occasional bigger cutthroats approaching twenty inches. Our most remote camp offers fishing five different lakes all within an approximate 30 minute walk or horseback ride. Additional lakes can also be accessed from here within an hours horseback ride of the camp.

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INFORMATION

The Fishing

Our fishing season begins with ice-out fishing typically in May for large rainbows and grayling in local waters. As we get into June, some of the lower elevation lakes can become accessible and for sure by early July. Small river fishing generally starts to get good in this timeframe too.

Our backcountry fishing camps are generally operational by early July to mid-July but it can vary depending on spring / late season snow. It is generally this time of year before trails are free of snow and cleared from winter’s downed timber and lakes are free of ice. Early season fishing many times offers a great opportunity to catch big fish as they are hungry after ice out and cruising the shorelines in search of food. This time of year nymphs, scuds and streamers are generally what works best depending on the lake.

As we get into midsummer, late July to early August, insect activity picks up and water levels have dropped in small rivers so both lakes and rivers will be fishing well including dry fly activity. Great fishing continues into late summer and early fall.

Our primary fishing season winds down at the end of August with the start of the Archery Season. However, many times we can accommodate a fall fishing trip during the last week of August to early September. Fishing during this time can offer some of the best of the season too. Please check for availability if interested!

Lastly, if you enjoy the cool, crisp days of fall and fall foliage, we can accommodate trips in late September to early October. This time frame is during the break between Colorado Archery and Rifle Hunting Seasons so our camps are open. Scenery (i.e. aspens are typically in full color) and fishing can be superb this time of year and once again offer the opportunity  to catch big fish as they look to fatten up before winter.

 

Accommodations

Typically, we will run these trips out of our backcountry camps which includes wall tents, cots with foam pads, chairs, a woodstove and even a solar shower with an enclosure for those who wish to clean up after a day’s ride. We also do pack trips where we go from camp to camp.

Guided trips offer three meals a day starting out with fresh brewed coffee, juice and a hearty breakfast (i.e. bacon/eggs or pancakes/sausage, etc..). Lunch will generally be a sack lunch with sandwiches, fresh fruit and snacks. At dinner, clients can look forward to meals like barbecued chicken, mashed potatoes and a vegetable or salad with some home baked cookies for desert! Camp fires are the norm most evenings (unless there is a fire ban). If desired, we will also customize a menu to your liking.

We also offer unguided pack-in trips too for those who are experienced fisherman and comfortable in the back country on their own. For these trips, clients will be expected to bring their own meals, cut their own firewood and purify their own water. We will certainly also provide insight on what flies are working best and which lakes are fishing well at the time. Once again, we strongly do encourage catch and release especially on bigger fish as this is what helps keep the fishing exceptional for the future.

Travel Details

Travel to Steamboat Lake

The closest and easiest aiport is Yampa Valley Regional Airport which is about 40 minutes away in Hayden, CO from the Red Barn Ranch. There also is Eagle County Regional Airport is another option which is about 2 hours and 15 minutes from us. Lastly, there is of course DIA (Denver International Airport) which is about 4 hours from us.

In terms of airport shuttles, this site: https://www.goalpine.com/ is the one many of our clients use. Another option is for a price comparison can be found at https://www.steamboat.com/plan-your-trip/getting-here-and-around/airport-shuttles

Travel to Summit County

For those clients who are traveling via the airlines, they should plan to fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) and then use Colorado Mountain Express: http://www.coloradomountainexpress.com/ to get from Denver to Silverthorne to their hotel. Clients can then make arrangements with us to pick them up at their hotel the morning of pack-in as long as it is done well in advance.

Clients should plan to arrive in Silverthorne, CO by the evening before pack-in for their hunt

Many clients stay at the Quality Inn: https://www.choicehotels.com/colorado/silverthorne/quality-inn-hotels/.  Mention that you are hunting or fishing with Colorado Outfitters, and you may likely receive a better rate.

Terms & Conditions

Guided Wilderness Fishing Expeditions

$550 per person / day
  •  Premier Wilderness Camps Available
  •  Fully Guided
  •  Meals Provided
  •  Wall Tent Accomodations
  •  Steamboat Lake Destination

Unguided Wilderness Pack-in Fishing

Starting at $400 / day
  •  $400 / day 4 Persons (Min)
  • Smaller groups may be accommodated upon request.
  •  Unguided Trips
  •  Wall Tent Accomodations
  •  Steamboat Lake Destination

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