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Visibility: 42 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Unseasonably hot temps have passed. Fishing is strong throughout the day once again and will remain
Best stretch: Rawah Ranch downstream to Diamondtail Ranch - ALL PRIVATE. Limited public access at bridge near Honholtz's lakes - Crowded
Best access point: Rawah Ranch
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Epic season! Many thanks to the hundreds of anglers who came and fished with us in 2013! See you all again next year.
Fish species: Brown, Rainbow, Brook Trout, Grayling
Fishing season: May 1 thru November 1, 2014
Nearest airport: Denver International Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Intermediate Full Sink Fly Line
Just one hour west of Fort Collins, Colorado off of highway 14, the Big Laramie River begins as a small freestone tail-water of Chambers Lake in a very remote valley in Northern Colorado. The Laramie River grows quickly into a perfect medium size trout fishery as it reaches the confluence of the West Branch of the Laramie River that is a high mountain tributary fed by several high alpine lakes and creeks. ...
The Big Laramie River is a Class One major fishery, which the Colorado Division of Wildlife considers as a “Highest –Valued Fishery Resource”. The Big Laramie River is one of two North American natural watersheds that fall true north. From the original headwaters of Chambers Lake, the Laramie rivers flows north out of Colorado approximately 28 miles into Wyoming and eventually reaches its confluence with the mighty North Platte River.
The majority of the Big Laramie River in Colorado is private; the upper reach of the Laramie is public water until it reaches the Rawah Ranch approximately 6 miles downstream of its origin. From the Rawah Ranch the Laramie River access is exclusively private until it reaches the bridge at Honholtz lakes. From there public access is available for an insignificant rod fee from the Honholtz ranch headquarters. Unfortunately this creates public crowding and in late summer as water temperatures rise and agricultural water demands increase, fishing in very unproductive.
From the upper reach of the Laramie to the Rawah Ranch, anglers can find great fishing for brook trout and large brown trout. The conditions vary from tight willow banks, beaver ponds and wonderful undercut meanders through the aspen groves and lodge-pole pines.
The finest and most productive fishing begins once the river reaches the Rawah Ranch. Here at Rawah Ranch, we manage our two-mile stretch of the Laramie River as a trophy fishery resource. There are no irrigation demands for water. Our stringent monitoring of flows and biomass along with a strict “catch and release” policy had made this one of the finest “Wild” river Fly-Fishing opportunities in the western United Sates.
Due to the private nature and limited public access, the Big Laramie River is truly one of the last untouched stretches of river. You will not find any commercial activity such as rafting and shoulder – to – shoulder fishing. Until 2006, the prized stretches of the Big Laramie were off limits. Now that Rawah Ranch has developed a formal Fly-Fishing program and has become the premier Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge and Outfitter in Northern Colorado, the opportunities to fish this coveted-private water is now available.
Happy Holidays! See you May 1, 2014!
Closed for season. See you May 1, 2014