The High Lonesome Ranch main ranch season runs from mid May through early November while the K-T Ranch season runs from mid May to early June then again from July through mid October.
Flies, terminal tackle. Rod/reel rental is available at $40/per day.
Fishing on the main ranch begins well up in the valley where the first pools begin to collect and pattern out to hold huge fish. As the initial pool fills and then spills, often the water will traverse back underground before pooling again further down valley and creating a new body of water – always varying in size, shape and depth. The formation of some of these pools has been assisted by our local beaver population. The terrain is easily reached and comfortable to fish from many different approaches.
The fishing along the White River at the K-T Ranch is also easily accessible and starts within a very short ATV ride or a nice walk from the ranch house. Our three spring creeks and beaver pond are a bit more hidden away but still worthy of exploration.
The fishing season generally begins at The High Lonesome Ranch in mid-May but varies from year to year. The early part of the year is cool and comfortable with a possible rare afternoon shower. As the summer approaches and the air warms, it remains dry and comfortable for all-day fishing activity. The season tails off into cooler mornings and early evenings starting in late September and remains pleasant through most of October and begins to close in November.
At our K-T Ranch the fishing weather fires up quickly as soon as ice is off the river, generally starting in mid to late May. The month of June and into very early July the run-off is generally too high to fish. By July the flow slows back to the normal volume and the fishing is fast and furious. The temperatures during the early part of the season remain cool in the mornings and late in the day but the mid-daytime temps are very comfortable. As the summer unfolds the weather just gets better and better with nice warm days, low humidity and cool evenings. The season begins to taper in late September and wraps up by mid October.
Fishing at both ranches is always accompanied by professional guides, and they are ready to go immediately following breakfast. At the main ranch, your guide will drive you up into the valley to the particular beat that has been reserved for that day. The drive is generally less than 20-25 minutes. Fishing will take place all morning, lunch is served back at the Cook House, and then fishing will continue after lunch until late in the afternoon.
At the K-T Ranch your guide will transport guests via an ATV to the White River, only a few minutes from the ranch house. Shore lunch is offered at a picnic location nearby and the fishing will continue afterwards until late in the afternoon. For trips that are 4 or more nights in length at The High Lonesome Ranch include a day on the White River if the guests wishes.
Our ranch has available a wide range of sporting pursuit activities that include, birding, wildlife viewing, horseback rides, sporting clays, trout fishing, wingshooting, hiking, mountain biking, and also cooking classes and massage. Contemporary western meals, famous big breakfasts, fireside appetizers complete with the day’s photos and stories, after dinner fire pit star gazing.
If you can take time from your fishing trip, day trips to Glenwood Hot Springs are available, winery tours, wild horse viewing, golf, and whitewater rafting.
Elegant, yet very comfortable western accommodation is the name of the game. Big, comfortable, well-appointed suites are available and beds are generally king that can easily convert to two twins if preferred. Private baths, suites and large relaxing living spaces offer the ultimate in relaxing quarters. At the main ranch, there are many choices. From the Pond House with its front-door fishing before breakfast to the Guest House nearer the headquarters and other private cabins around the property, you’ll have your choice. The K-T Ranch is an original homestead 4-bedroom Victorian, also with kings that convert to twins. Contemporary western cuisine is always a welcome surprise. Big hearty breakfasts and ample lunches will keep you well satisfied, even on the most physical of days on the water.
The fishing at the main ranch includes five species that include: rainbow, brown, cuttbow, cutthroat and the native brook trout. On the White River at the K-T Ranch guests will have opportunities for brown, rainbows, brook, cutthroat and white fish.
Fishing tackle if they wish – suggested size fly rod is 5-7 weights. Cameras are always welcome for your guide to record your catch. Phone cameras are always available to catch the moment as well.
Q. What is the closest airport?
A. Grand Junction’s Walker Field which is located only 40 minutes away. The ranch staff is happy to provide transportation at a rate of $200.00 round-trip for up to 6-8 guests.