Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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The Broadmoor Fly Fishing Camp

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge


Phone icon888-851-4952 Email iconinfo@broadmoor.com Link iconbroadmoor.com
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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The Story

From arrival through departure, guests enjoy an extremely sincere, intimate and relaxed experience. Our staff will quickly get you into your cabin and provide an introduction to the lodge and facilities. Bringing an over 100-year tradition of service excellence to the fly fishing industry, The Broadmoor Fly Fishing Camp offers world-class fly fishing and lifetime opportunities for the first-time angler to the seasoned veteran alike. In addition to the five miles of private water in the Tarryall valley, we also have countless miles of Gold Medal water throughout the South Platte drainage!

Sequestered in the middle of Pike National Forest and enjoying our primary tributaries from the special designation of Lost Creek Wilderness area, our watershed is reminiscent of crisp and clean Rocky Mountain streams of a century ago. The benefit of this abundance of clean water translates into a biomass that is unlike anything in the mountain states. Given the diversity of aquatic invertebrates, it is no wonder that we enjoy a healthy and wildly productive number, size and species of trout!

Our greatest asset is a robust staff of professional guides that are deeply passionate, as well as talented, and committed to ensuring a wonderful guest experience. You will taste it in every bite of food, feel it with every fish caught and experience it with the warmth and friendliness of the team. Our guides are among the very best in the country and many have international expertise, as well as a lifetime in the mountain states.

The Broadmoor acquired this special and historic property in 2013. Among our goals for your experience is to take you back to the "Fly Fishing Camp" of your youth while still providing a culture of service and quality in line with all Broadmoor standards. Through extensive and continued training with The Broadmoor's executive chefs, we provide a culinary experience that rivals the best destination lodges anywhere in the world. Decades of guiding throughout the mountain west provided a working knowledge of what sets apart the very good from the truly great. We have taken the greatest care to handpick the best guides in the west. Open, daily dialogue allows us to constantly monitor our watershed, habitat and respond to changes, all making sure our guests are in the right place at the right time!

Originally a homestead with historic cabins, the Fly Fishing Camp fits perfectly into The Broadmoor's desire to provide authentic Western experiences. With great thought and attention to detail, we decided to offer amenities for the most discriminating guest but leave the property as true to form and rustic as possible. The camp borders on the Forest Service's 120,000 acre Lost Creek Wilderness with adjacent trails for hiking. The cabins at the Camp have been reclaimed and kept in their original form but updated inside. It is a place where guests can experience the true Colorado wilderness in a unique setting.

Awards & Accolades

New York Times Feature, September 24, 2016

Cooking Light Feature, October 18, 2016

Sunset Magazine “Best Angler’s Weekend” (2018)

TravelAwaits.com – Top Fly Fishing Destinations for Couples (2018)

Rates:

Starting from $850. See current rates at www.broadmoor.com.

Species:

The majority of our successful fishing is for Rainbow and Brown Trout. We have a healthy population of Cutthroat Trout and have run into a few Brook Trout! While the ‘Grand Slam” is rare, every guest has that opportunity!

Season:

The Broadmoor Fly Fishing Camp opens for business late-April and runs through the end of October. Given that we are at nearly 9000’ elevation in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the weather in spring and fall can vary widely in temperature, though the fishing remains excellent! As a general comment on fishing: Springtime offers more productive fishing in terms of numbers of fish caught; mid-summer, we start to enjoy more prolific hatches, our trout start “looking up,” and the dry fly season really kicks off in July. Fall presents potentially the most rewarding fishing of the year. The trout are as big as they will get, they are cagey and well-educated, and the water is low and clear, making it a genuine contest between angler and fish. Then, sight fishing for very big, beautiful and smart fish is the name of the game!

Region/Terrain:

We are fortunate to be in the center of one of the last truly pristine wilderness areas in the lower 48. The Tarryall River runs directly through the property and many miles of great hiking can be easily accessed from the property into the trails of the Lost Creek Wilderness.

Additionally, we have three miles of scenic, winding spring creek style fishing a short five miles from the Lodge.

Typical Weather:

Spring and fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains can see a wide variety of temperatures from early morning to midday. Ranges will typically go from upper 30s up to mid-50s and low 60s. With abundant sunshine, and at altitude, it always seems much warmer. It is not unusual for you to occasionally enjoy all four seasons in a single day! Summer is the most consistent weather with most days starting in the mid-50s and topping out in the high 70’s to low 80’s.

What is Provided:

We provide a truly all-inclusive experience. Lodging, rods, reels, flies, fishing licenses, waders…your guide, all food and beverage is included in the price.

Gratuities for guides and staff is completely merit based and at the guests discretion.

What to Bring:

At nearly 9000' elevation, you could experience all 4 seasons in a single day! Packing correctly will enhance your enjoyment:

  • Layers! (Please avoid cotton)
  • Rain jacket, fully waterproof
  • Polarized sunglasses are absolutely essential for eye protection as well as for spotting fish
  • Long Johns for colder weather or shorts for warmer weather. Waders can be difficult to put on over jeans, and jeans can be uncomfortably clammy under waders
  • Heavy Socks to wear under waders in any conditions
  • Shower Slippers some accommodations utilize the communal bath house
  • Hat, wide-brimmed, for sun and eye protection.
  • Personal care items such as insect repellent, sunscreen 20+, tissues, etc…
  • Spare corrective eyewear, glasses, or contacts
  • Camera
  • Books and other reading materials
  • Compact binoculars or Starnoculars
  • Bandana

NON-FISHING ATTIRE: The Broadmoor Fishing Camp lodge and cabin settings are very casual and no special attire is necessary for meals. Blue jeans, khakis, shorts, casual shirts, fishing shirts are all common. Also, we'll remind you to drink a lot of water…even before you get thirsty. Your guide will have plenty of water available. Staying hydrated will reduce headaches caused by our high elevation and dry climate.

Gear Recommendations:

While we have and are happy to provide all gear, if you choose to bring your own, we would recommend having rods from 7’6” to 9’0” in weights from 4 to 6. Waders will be necessary in the spring and fall, and wet wading is standard practice mid-summer. Most of the time waist high waders are fine but chest highs will provide a little more warmth for crisp mornings.

Additional Activities:

In addition to world-class fly fishing, our guests regularly enjoy limitless hiking opportunities, lawn games, wildlife watching, scenic photography opportunities, and, of course, fly tying.

Other:

Due to the remote location, there is very limited cell reception, but every cabin and the main lodge has Wi-Fi. House Phones are in each accommodation, and guests may be easily reached by calling The Broadmoor directly or calling the number listed on the cabin phone.

Because of the truly wilderness characteristic of the property, we do not allow pets. The nature of the property and the diversity of terrain allows for access to all. We have even had the great pleasure of four great days of fishing with a friend who is a high-level quadriplegic!

While we practice catch & release, as a rule, our guests do have the opportunity to enjoy a river-to-table experience during their stay.

At full capacity, we can sleep 22 guests in 6 separate and one duplex cabin. All meals are served family-style in a warm and inviting dining room in the Main Lodge. The Lodge features a spacious outside deck where you prepare for your day of fishing and is also the perfect gathering spot at the end of the day for your favorite beverage and stories. The Lodge’s living room is full of fishing memorabilia, but the main focus is a large river rock fireplace, comfortable sofas and chairs, as well as game tables. “Family” is the cornerstone of what, and why we do what we do.

Three of our seven cabins have ensuite plumbing; guests of the other four cabins utilize the central Bath House at the Camp. Actually, calling it a “Bath House” is an overly rustic description on its surface. In fact, it is possibly the best-appointed cabin on the property with spacious private showers with Broadmoor signature shampoo, conditioner and lotions, heated floors, private water closets and a spa-like vanity with full amenities. All cabins are centrally located, and none are more than a few steps from the Lodge, Bath House, or Fish House.

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