One of the most highly sought after features of a ranch or recreational property is water for fly-fishing. While some just want a small fishing hole, others are looking for high-end river frontage. Here is our round-up of top fly-fishing properties on the market today in the western US.
Under $5 Million
Elk Creek Ranch is a private sporting club known as one of the most elite and exclusive fly-fishing communities in the world. Tucked away in northwestern Colorado and along the banks of the legendary White River, Elk Creek Ranch is comprised of 2,850 total deeded acres and has access to more than 25 miles of pristine and private trout water. Only 67 members enjoy shared ownership and luxury amenities that create an experience that is truly second to none. Five ownership opportunities are currently available.
Chief Mountain Ranch is a very wild and scenic property located on the eastern flank of Montana’s Glacier National Park. With 1.5 miles of glacial streams and the confluence of Otatso and Kennedy Creeks, the ranch boasts good fishing for both rainbow and brook trout, and provides the unique opportunity of catching the rare and elusive bull trout.
Situated in Montana’s coveted Madison Valley, Sundance Bench Ranch is all about fly-fishing. The property features unprecedented access to the Madison River, known as a top 5 global fishing destination, and also has access to an exclusive wade only stretch of the river that is prolific and unique to the area.
Finding a rural, large acreage property in western Colorado’s stunning high country with a mile of both sides of a fishery-level, freestone stream for under $3M is an exceedingly difficult task, but you’ve found it in Snowshoe Ranch, located on Anthracite Creek, a fun, private, wading stream along the national scenic byway between Crested Butte and Paonia, Colorado. In addition, the property possesses nine fishing ponds for when the creek is experiencing spring runoff, and a comfortable streamside Craftsman residence with an accessory dwelling for when family and friends aren’t fishing, all for $2.9M.
Open Box Z offers over 3/4 mile of private fly-fishing on the renowned Troublesome Creek. The “Troublesome” is a tributary of the Colorado River that flows into the Colorado River near Kremmling, CO. The creek not only offers a wide variety of habitat, including deep pools, holes, riffle sections and undercut tree lined banks. It also offers a diverse population of trout including Browns, Rainbows, Cuttbows and Brook Trout. Local hatches on the creek include Caddis, Blue Wing Olives and Midges. Hopper fishing in mid to late summer can be spectacular, while some oversized fall run Brown’s can be caught in October and early November. Senior water rights on the property could also allow for further stream and pond enhancement.
$5 – $10 Million
K-T Ranch is located along the very private and prolific White River in northwest Colorado. With 7 miles of private and leased fishing along the White River and 3 miles of spring creeks, this opportunity represents one of the finest fly-fishing properties on the market today.
Owned by musician and avid fisherman Gary Morris, some of the best Gold Medal fly-fishing in the lower 48 for brown and rainbow trout can be found here. The legendary Navajo River is a wading river, and the best fishing begins in early June and runs through mid November. Grab your rod, and don’t miss this rare opportunity!
With more than 1 mile of Gold Medal trout fishing on the Little Laramie and great fishing on just under 3 miles of Mill Creek, this property will make the fly fisherman pause and take notice. Historically leased by Rocky Mountain Anglers, trophy trout fishing is abundant on these waters.
The North Platte River is a world renown fishery for trophy wild trout and the Continental Divide Ranch provides tremendous private access to approximately 5 miles of the North Platte River. Fishermen will enjoy fishing opportunities for big brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout, as well as other species.”
Over $10 Million
Fly-fishing opportunities are indeed infinite on Double R Ranch. The property provides excellent fly-fishing along 4.3 miles of the North Platte River, 5 miles of Beaver Creek, .9 miles of the Roaring Fork River, and .5 miles of Hell Creek, and adjoins Gold Medal waters on three separate lakes within the Delaney Butte Lakes State Wildlife Area.
Situated at the headwaters to the Green River, The Cottonwood provides over 40 miles of meandering rivers and streams. These freestone waterways offer some of the last remaining great habitats for Colorado River Cutthroat as well as Rainbows and Browns.
The Upper Ranch enjoys miles of private rivers and creeks and ponds including over two and a half miles of the renowned Williams Fork. The clear waters of the Williams Fork River are one of the best brown trout fisheries in Colorado. This classic mountain stream is fishable year-round and home to Mayflies, Caddis, Terrestrials, and small Stoneflies.
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