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 255 reviews
255 of 255 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Best Fishing Day Ever -
By: ChrisWelch from colorado mountains
Dave Lovell and his crew know how and where to fish! If you want to catch fish, learn, and most important have fun, give these guys a call!
Another excellent day -
By: Anakelly from Denver, CO
In late October Scott and Dave hosted two of my clients from California, their 17 and 8 year old sons, and me on private water near Kremmling. We had a first class experience in every respect. All of my guests had little or no flyfishing experience. Scott took one father/son combo and Dave took another. They guided and instructed the guests with patience, made it a fun experience, taught my guests the fundamentals of flyfishing, and got them into very nice fish. This is the second time I have fished with these guys. They are pros. My clients raved about the day. Despite attending the Broncos game the night before and the CU football game the following day, they all stated that the day on the water with Dave and Scott was the highlight of the trip.
YR Ranch -
By: BStarkweather from Green Mountain, CO
A few weeks ago I spent the day on the YR Ranch stretch of the Blue River with Reid Baker. We had an exceptional day, including at least 15 good sized browns in the net and probably double that amount hooked up. Reid knew exactly where the fish were, what flies to throw to them, and which holes would be the most productive when. Looking forward to the same trip next year!
Life is good -
By: StillyMan from Colorado
Life is always good on a river but was particularly enjoyable this past Tuesday due to the good fortune of having Reid Baker as our guide. He is knowledgeable, low key, excellent communicator, professional and overall a pleasure to hang with. I would be remiss if I didn't include the fact that Reid put us on great fish all day long!
Tired arms -
By: Boilermaker74 from Denver, CO, USA
Spent a fantastic, sunny Autumn day with Reid Baker at the YR Ranch. With high flows continuing in the Blue River, the challenge is to find the right spots, the potential "hot" spots where fish hold, and to do it right, you have to do the homework, and Reid has. We had a fantastically productive day, right flies, right locations producing big, heavy fish that with the heavy flows present quite a challenge to net. But we got our fair share and more. The guys at Freestone do it right, great personality and the right friendly approach to provide a great fishing experience. Recommend strongly to you.
Fishing w/ Freestone -
By: Etfish730 from Denver, CO, USA
Top 1000 Contributor
We fished w/ Reid Baker on 10/26 on the Blue River. Flows were higher than I've ever fished this stretch. Reid's knowledge and skill really paid off as he helped us find fish in this unusually high water. I've fished with Reid a bunch, and he's such a great guy to spend time on the water with. He sincerely loves putting people on fish and he has the same infectious enthusiasm as he did the first time I fished with him - many, many, trips ago. He's a consumate pro and great guide.
Another Great Day with Dave -
By: SP9207 from Castle Rock, CO, USA
My daughter and I had a fantastic day fishing with Dave Lovell below Decker's, my daughter had very limited experience, however with Dave's guidance and coaching she not only caught the first fish she also caught the biggest fish of the day. My family and I have fished with Dave several times and have always enjoyed his company tremendously. Dave's knowledge, professionalism, teaching style are superb. I am looking to fishing with him again. Thanks for the Great times
Beyond Fantastic -
By: bradyb23 from Troubled Creek near Kremmling CO
My 8-year-old son and I had never been fly fishing before. A friend recommended Dave Lovell at Freestone Outfitters as the perfect guide choice. I cannot say enough great things about Dave and the experience we had. Dave was extraordinarily patient with us, had us catching beautiful fish in no time and brought to the experience such a wonderful disposition that even if we hadn't caught a thing we would have had the time of our lives. This is one of those rare trips that will live on in our memories for ever. Thanks Dave!!
Great Experience All Around -
I found Freestone Outfitters through Orvis when I was trying to fit in a day of fly fishing on a recent weekend trip to Denver. I spent about two weeks communicating with Dave Lovell trying to plan this outing. He was very helpful and easy to reach as we worked to find a day and place that was convenient. He suggested I hit the South Platte Deckers area since that was producing some good fishing days and nice fish at the time. Scott Dickson was my guide for the full day trip. Since I didn't have a car he was kind enough to be my transportation also. He was incredibly personable, and as a guide it was obvious he knew what he was talking about. He was very patient, and excited to answer any and all the questions I threw at him. He taught me a lot about sight fishing (which was new to me), and helped me to learn a few new casting techniques. He put us in some great spots and we caught some really good fish. A few weeks after I got home I received a handwritten thank you note from Freestone. Their commitment to customer satisfaction is very evident. I would recommend anglers of all skill levels look into Freestone if they are looking for a guided trip. My experience was top-notch and I'm sure yours will be too!
Hook sets are free -
By: TKMcCurdy from Denver, CO
Another great day on the water with Dave Lovell! Enjoyed the beauty of the S. Platte by Deckers in the fall and caught some stunning browns and rainbows. Always enjoy fishing with Dave- his knowledge of the river and professional acumen make him an exceptional guide to fish with! Thanks!