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.
Fly-Fishing Ranches Under $5 Million
400 +/- Deeded Acres
Otatso and Kennedy Creeks flow west to east off Glacier Park’s mountain flanks and merge at the property boundary. Their combined waters meander for more than a mile through a canyon-cut that provides excellent fishing and habitat. Fisheries biologists who have studied the area indicate that these two year-round creeks are among the most important streams for the endangered bull trout, while also supporting populations of rainbow and brook trout.
(Rio Blanco County)
Starting at $1,100,000
2,850 +/- Acres
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. Eight ownership opportunities are currently available.
142 +/- Deeded Acres
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 $2M 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 $1.95M.
337 +/- Deeded Acres
Gore Canyon Ranch is part of the Grand River Ranch, and members have access to fishing along 1.5 miles of Muddy Creek at the North East corner of the property. This stretch of Muddy Creek has undergone extensive stream enhancements and is right below the Wolford Mountain Reservoir. Due to its location beneath the reservoir, the temperature of the water in this stretch of the river is colder than others and perfect for populations of Brown trout, Rainbow trout, creek chubs, and fathead minnows.
400 +/- Deeded Acres
The fishing on the ranch is good for rainbow trout. This freestone river meanders through the property for over 2 miles and has several good holes that holds trout throughout the year. Streambed improvements could create an exceptional world-class fishery with what nature already gave the property.
1,024 +/- Deeded Acres
The owners of the Paradise Canyon Ranch in Croydon, Utah have enjoyed incredible fly fishing for Brown, Cutthroat & Rainbow Trout. Over 1 mile of the Lost Creek fishery flows through the ranch which is an easy 1 hour and 10 minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City.
Private Fly-Fishing Land $5-$10 Million
(Hot Springs County)
2,505 +/- Deeded Acres
Located in a remote region of the Wind River Mountains, the Owl Creek Ranch offers over 5 miles of a spectacular freestone fishery near the base of the Washakie Needle in a true wilderness setting. The South fork of Owl creek is primarily inhabited by the Yellowtone cutthroat trout, it’s not uncommon to catch several 14″+ fish in an outing. Once the annual runoff subsides, late summer and fall fishing with dry fly and hopper patterns can be tremendous.
(Rio Blanco County)
2,579 +/- Deeded Acres
Pyramid Peak Ranch is a scenic mountain ranch resting in a spectacular basin just beneath the soaring Pyramid Peak and the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. The property is blessed with 2 miles of Bunker Creek with native cutthroat trout, several ponds, and water rights originating in the adjoining Routt National Forest that flood irrigate 390 acres of meadows and pastures lined by aspens, firs and pines.
(Delta and Gunnison Counties)
250 +/- Deeded Acres
Offering two miles of private fishing on the Smith Fork of the Gunnison River, as well as ⅓ of a mile of an additional private fishing stream, nine ponds and two springs, is the nationally acclaimed 250-acre Smith Fork Ranch. Surrounded by the Gunnison National Forest and overlooking the West Elk Range of the Rocky Mountains in the majestic North Fork Valley between Aspen and Telluride, Colorado, this one-of-a-kind luxury ranch is one of the finest offerings currently available in the American West.
1,785 +/- Deeded Acres
With nearly 7 miles of creek frontage, the fishing within the Pole Mountain Ranch is outstanding and provides a viable native trout fishery within a short walking distance from the improvements. Numerous other water improvements have been made within the ranch consisting of three newly constructed spring fed reservoirs, along with miles of other seasonal creeks and springs spread throughout the property.
(Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties)
3,460 +/- Deeded Acres
With over three private miles of the South Fork of the Williams Fork River running through the heart of the ranch, the Crystal Creek Ranch offers fantastic fly-fishing opportunities. This private stretch of river is a highly sought after Native Colorado River Cutthroat Trout fishery. In addition, there are six additional year-round streams on the ranch, as well as several springs that could unlock the potential for some incredible habitat enhancements.
Legacy Fly-Fishing Properties above $10 Million
2,060 +/- Deeded Acres
Situated at the headwaters of Silver Creek, one of America’s most important and historical fisheries, The Ranch at Silver Spring is a ranch treasured for its abundant ecological and water resources with 10 miles of meandering spring-fed streams and aquatic habitat.
11,138 +/- Deeded Acres
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.