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 227 reviews
227 of 227 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
A perfect day -
By: flyrod65 from Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
Dave and I spent a perfect morning in every way: ideal weather, wonderful scenery, and plenty of beautiful browns and rainbows. Dave is an excellent guide/companion for me as I am getting a little unsteady in the current, and he is always right there to make sure I don't do a face plant. Excellent finder of fish too! Rod Sampson
By: FlyFishJeff from Denver, CO, USA
Wow, these guys are really great. I had an awesome day on the river with Scott, and had the chance to interact with some of the other guides from Freestone as well - everyone was amazing. I had essentially no experience before I was lucky enough to spend a day with these guys, but they helped me catch some great fish! I learned a lot, and had a great time. I can't imagine a better outfit or guides. Thanks Freestone Outfitters!
IBM Research Business Development -
The expertise and personality of the guide are the two essential ingredients necessary for a great guided fishing experience. My guide, Scott Dickson, gets an A+ in both areas. He taught the importance of patience in the sport offering great techniques and exhibiting strong teaching skills. Everyone should be so lucky to get a guide like Scott.
Great Day on the South Platte -
By: AaronC from Boston, MA, USA
I highly recommend Freestone Outfitters if you are looking to fish CO. I was guided by Chris Barry, and could not have been happier with my experience. Chris worked every minute of the day to put us on more fish, and provided expert advice to bring over a dozen trout to net including a very nice rainbow. He was constantly evaluating hatches and conditions, spotting things I would have never thought to look for. Call Freestone Outfitters for a day on the water with Chris. You wouldn't be disappointed.
best outfitter I've ever done business with -
Freestone gave me and my father a great experience in Granby, Co. My father did not know how to fly fish and the guide was very patient in teaching him. The lunch was great and the fishing was even better.
An Awesome Day on the River -
By: JazzyJ from Denver, CO, USA
Decided to take the family fly fishing that included my 10 yr old son and 13 year old daughter. The whole family had a great time and we caught a lot of fish. Our guides were top notch and showed us all a lot of patience. They taught us new techniques in addition to the basics of fly fishing. Our guides were very personable, funny, and very service oriented. I would definitely recommend this outfit to all my friends.
Enjoying Life -
By: Funtimes from Breckenridge, Colorado
Summer 2014 was my wife's and mine second summer to fly fish with Reid Baker the senior guide with Freestone Outfitters. We fished 3 days with Reid all on different rivers. Reid is excellent to be with, always pleasurable with his instruction, knowledge of the rivers and passion for the sport. We caught some great fish and more importantly got to enjoy nature at its finest. If the fish were not eating then Reid was constantly thinking on what should be changed relative to fly choice or technique to put the client in the best position to catch fish. Thanks for some awesome outings and we look forward to doing it again next summer.
First Time Fly Fishing -
By: RBrunelli from Denver, CO, USA
The experience was great. I had never fly fished before and david made the whole process very easy and fun. I really enjoyed our day.
Very nice day on the South Platte -
By: dknoz from Denver, CO, USA
We had a really nice day fishing with Dave today from Freestone Outfitters. We caught Rainbows and Browns and although one of us had never held a fly rod we were soon both catching fish. Thanks for a great day on the water.
South Platte -
By: boboo from Carmel IN
This was one of the best guide trips I've been on. Dave was a wonderful fishing companion. Very patient and supportive. He never failed to let me know when I had good casts, catches and landings and was a fabulous instructor. Additionally the scenery was not to be believed. The best trip ever and I even caught fish.