We dedicate ourselves to introducing the lifelong sport of fly fishing to new anglers, growing skill sets, and expanding the horizons of beginning, intermediate, and experienced anglers, all while fostering angling ethics and responsibility for the future of our watersheds and ecosystems. We strive to build lasting relationships with guests that look to Freestone Outfitters as their host to fly fishing in Colorado and throughout the world.
Freestone Outfitters is open year-round.
Freestone Outfitters Guides provide all the latest and most technologically advanced Orvis fly-fishing and wading equipment, terminal tackle, and refreshments. Our guides use premium Orvis fly-fishing equipment. Lunch is provided on full day trips. Guides will also carry cameras to provide free photographs to guests. Transportation can be arranged based on the customer's needs.
We specialize in the South Platte and Colorado River drainages, along with private water options throughout the entire state of Colorado. Our professional guides specialize in guiding the South Platte River, North Fork, Clear Creek, Bear Creek, Deer Creek, Blue River, Williams Fork River, Colorado River, and many others. Freestone Outfitters also provides destination travel options throughout the world.
Colorado weather changes quickly and depends largely on altitude. In general, Colorado is well known for having bluebird sunny days and comfortable temperatures in all four seasons, averaging over 300 days a year of sunshine.
Winter and early spring fishing weather usually means sunny days with highs in the 30s to 50s throughout the state, though sometimes colder depending on how far into the mountain ranges you go. Given the low humidity, even a 30-degree day with sun feels comfortable and fishing can be fantastic during the early season months. Snow consistently falls in the high elevations, though many of our waters close to Denver receive relatively little accumulation throughout the winter.
Late spring through early summer brings sunny days with the occasional drizzly or rainy front. Days are warming and range between 40 degrees and 75 degrees, again largely depending on location and altitude.
The height of summer brings our warmest days with the occasional afternoon storm or drizzly day. Temperatures range between 65 and 95 degrees at the warmest. Colorado summers are famous for being incredibly pleasant and comfortable, again because of our low humidity and consistent sun. During July and August, it is not uncommon to have a quick thundercloud move through, though often times these storms are short lived and anglers are back out on the water within the hour.
Fall is a fantastic and beautiful time to fish in our state. Mornings are cool and days are still warming with daily highs still in the 50s to mid-70s. Generally we have sunshine, though occasionally there will be a cold front that moves through and makes for several days of cloud cover and rain. Snow will not usually begin falling until late October in the high country.
Customers generally provide their own transportation, though transportation can be arranged at the time of reservation. Depending on the time of year, they will meet their guide at a central location or on the river first thing in the morning. To begin the day, each guest will receive all necessary professional instruction and guidance for a great day of fly fishing. Full-day trips consist of at least 8 hours on the water and half-day trips are at least 4 hours on the water. On full-day trips, the guide will serve a streamside lunch complete with refreshments and dessert.
Rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout year round, as well as warmwater species such as carp, bass, and pike in the spring, summer, and fall.
Guests over 16 are required to carry a Colorado fishing license (not provided by the Outfitter), regardless of private or public trip locations. When fly fishing in Colorado, preparation for weather and the elements is the best way guests can ensure they have a comfortable, safe, and enjoyable day. Long-sleeved shirts, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and hats protect from the intense sunlight at the higher altitudes of Colorado as well as help you see fish. A rain jacket, shell, or fleece is also highly advised for the possible advent of weather, even in the summer. We suggest all guests pack accordingly, including socks. We also suggest guests bring a camera of their own to capture priceless memories, though the guide will also be carrying a camera.
Q. What if I’ve never fly fished?
A. Freestone Outfitter’s professional guides are among the best fishing guides in Colorado. We work great with all ages and abilities and are always eager to get new and beginning anglers excited about fly fishing Colorado! Whether you’ve never touched a rod or are a seasoned angler that has travelled the world, Freestone Outfitters can provide you with an unparalleled Colorado fly-fishing experience that will leave lasting memories and improve your skills.
Q. What’s the difference between public and private water?
A. Rivers in Colorado are world-renowned for their fly-fishing opportunities. The public water in our state has more miles of fishable water than many anglers can touch in a whole lifetime. That being said, the ever growing popularity of fly fishing in Colorado, especially in proximity to metropolitan Denver, concentrate anglers within certain areas. Guests who are looking to ensure solitude should reserve a private day on one of our exclusive properties. Beginners often find that this makes for an easier learning curve. Intermediate to experienced anglers find that private water is a great opportunity to hone their skills even further. Because the fish receive significantly less pressure on exclusive properties, the quality of fish and the fishing experience typically provides a superior trip.
Q. When is my child old enough to go fly fishing?
A. To help ensure your child’s first experience fly fishing is a positive one and will lead to further desire to enjoy this and other outdoor activities, we suggest 10 years old as an age to start this lifetime activity. Much younger than that, it is difficult for them to handle a fly rod effectively, though this is a general guideline and varies from child to child.
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 267 reviews
267 of 267 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Perfect Day at WCR -
By: LogGuy from Tabernash, CO, USA
Four of us were guided by Kyle, and Scott (and Kylie joined them) for a magical day at Willow Creek. The guides were awesome and the river was spectacular. Guides taught us a lot and were incredibly patient and fun. We landed an array of fish from perky brookies that were really fun, up to a couple of 18" luncker bows. Could not have asked for more from the guides.
Great trip, terrific guide -
By: Bobg163 from Cary, NC, USA
I just wanted to drop a note and say how pleased I was with freestone outfitters and with my guide Scott. Scott and I fished together for nearly 2 days and I found him to be very personable and knowledgable. Scott put me on some great fish and I would highly recommend him and freestone for your next trip. I look forward to returning and appreciate your hospitality. Thanks again Scott.
Great day -
By: PMAttwood from Gainesville, FL, USA
David and Lee were both first class guides. Great trip, we will be back!
Orvis to the Rescue -
By: HOUSTONTROUT from Louisiana
Our first day in Colorado, we were pinned in from rain and snow and loss of electricity, yet our guides arrived on time, had gear and a plan ready for us and we were able to walk out on the property and fish all day -continuously catching fish despite the weather conditions. Senior Guide Scott Dickson and David Luna, were excellent partners in finding the right depth line, flies, and locations to give us an excellent AND FUN first day of fishing/catching! With snow drifting down and trees dropping ice and snow upon our heads, freezing conditions, and murky water - all the elements against us, we still caught large trout and landed them with the guides' continual watchful care....Adding their precision coaching and fishing knowledge, we learned the right cast to the right area on the River which made a delightful day for all three of us. Our second day with these guys was even better with the groundwork laid the first day. Easy casting and adjusting the line and very little downtime due to flies/line in the surrounding trees made it even nicer each time we landed a big fish and took wonderful, momentous photos! We will remember it as a "wow and amazing" trip due to the expert guidance and dedication/passion for finding trout by our guides. Can't say enough about their research of the area - knowing the rocks and underwater formations which made it seem easy to catch those larger trout on the bottom in specific areas along the River. You certainly cannot outdo a good Orvis guide and we had some of the best quality fishing ever because of the planning of our guides, knowledge of the River areas we fished, and untiring desire to put us on the "big ones"!
Brown Trout! -
By: AlliMac from Miami
We had a great day on the water with Scotty, Lee, and David. Everyone in our small group of beginners caught at least 1 fish. Even our tag-along furry friend joined the fun. If only we could control the weather... would highly recommend for anyone visiting or living in the Denver area.
Great guide, Great experience -
By: Zopf from Golden, CO
We had an outstanding trip. It exceeded our best expectations. Scott is a true gentleman and outstanding guide. He is knowledgeable and great fun to be with.
4/29/15 Platt River -
Spent the day fishing with Kyle and Lee from Freestone. Great day! Excellent instruction and a perfectly planned outing. My son and I are basically novices and they provided a first class experience. We'd recommend them to any one, novice on up.
Great Day Fishing -
By: BRWinters from Denver, CO
Fished with Scott Dickson on the South Platte and had a great day. We had two experienced fishermen and one first timer. Scott did a great job putting us onto fish and working with the first timer to make sure he had an enjoyable experience and caught fish. Looking forward to getting back on the water with Scott in the future.
Springtime in Colorado -
By: Boilermaker74 from Denver, CO, USA
Love fishing for Spring rainbows and Fall browns and just had the opportunity to go out again with Freestone Outfitters, my go-to guide service. This trip was able to fish with Scott Dickson for the first time and we had a fantastic day, if it could have been better, I don't know how. We were on fish immediately and stayed that way pretty much all day. Scott is a very knowledgeable, well experienced guide and an easier guy to be around, you won't find. Want to come fish Colorado? These are your guides.
Great day, great fish -
By: Etfish730 from Denver, CO, USA
Top 1000 Contributor
My fishing buddy Steve and I fished with Scott from Freestone Outfitters on one of our favorite stretches of the Blue River. The bar had been set pretty high from previous trips with Freestone to this property and Scott was more than up for the challenge. Scott did a fantastic job and was a great guide and companion to spend a day on the water with. His knowledge of the water was excellent, and his style was a great fit for Steve and I. We appreciated his hard work - especially with the net! I'd recommend Scott in a heartbeat. It would have been a great day without the epic fish we hooked and landed, the fish were the icing on the cake.