Several Harper-recommended hotels in Colorado provide exceptional guided fly-fishing. Some are dedicated fishing lodges, while others are larger resorts with an extensive menu of activities, which includes fishing. The five properties below all offer days spent beside rushing mountain streams, surrounded by epic mountain scenery.
Broadmoor Fly Fishing Camp
The famous Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs, now runs three satellite “Wilderness Experience” camps. The Broadmoor Fly Fishing Camp is an Orvis-endorsed property, situated 75 minutes west of the main resort, along a 5-mile stretch of private water on the Tarryall River. The chalet-style Main Lodge features pine plank floors, Southwestern rugs, Navajo wall hangings, beamed ceilings and a wraparound deck. The seven guest cabins date from the 1920s and, consequently, only three offer en suite baths. (There is a convenient and well-appointed Bath House.) Social hours with “mountain-inspired” hors d’oeuvres and drinks are hosted nightly, and family-style dinners are served at a long wooden table.
The camp is open from late April to the end of October. At an elevation of nearly 9,000 feet, the weather in spring and fall can vary widely in temperature. In summer, there are more prolific insect hatches, with the dry fly season getting underway in July. Fall, when the water is usually low and clear, is the season for sight fishing for the largest fish.