Silver Flash in Gold Waters: Best Colorado Fly-Fishing

Broadmoor Fishing Camp
Broadmoor Fishing Camp

Broadmoor Fishing Camp, South Park

There is no more luxurious fly-fishing experience in Colorado than the newly opened extension of the famed Broadmoor Resort. At the Broadmoor Fishing Camp, you’re putting five-star service in a Colorado rustic mountain setting 75 miles west of the main hotel on the Terryall River.

These Gold Medal Waters have been painstakingly restored and transformed over a two-year period into pristine trout habitat with clear pools, bank dig-outs, dams and strategically placed boulders to help river health and provide bountiful fish habitat – the kind that 24+ inch trout like to call home.

Your personal guide (yes, there is a guide assigned per two guests) will educate you at any level on this portion of the river’s mighty sections of cutthroats, rainbows, and the massive browns.

The expert guides at Broadmoor Fishing Camp
The expert guides at Broadmoor Fishing Camp

Once you’ve fished until your arm can’t cast, bed down in one of the seven historic cabins for the evening. They’re cozy with signature Broadmoor-made mattresses. Several cabins include bathrooms, others share a bathhouse with luxurious private showers and bathrooms. There are equal facilities for men and women, each exquisitely clean and loaded with product.

All meals are included in the price and offer up a hefty serving of classic Colorado cuisine and libations of plenty. Impeccable décor awaits guests in the gathering areas and the landscape surrounding the property is colorful spring through autumn.

You’re sure to leave this special spot with a firm grasp of the nuances of fishing the smaller rivers of Colorado and the abundance of trout and wildlife that can be enjoyed with little impact from humans.

Telluride Outside, Telluride

It’s hard to not have a memorable experience in Telluride. This is the notorious Colorado town with no stoplights. You can still visit the site of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s robbery on Main Street, as well as see architecture from studio apartments to mega Colorado castles. The locals here could be anyone from a  Hollywood star, trust-a-farian or anything in between. Yes, this is the magic of Telluride, a solid 8-hour drive from Denver, or an easier commute from nearby Montrose airport or the tiny Telluride airstrip.

Before you arrive in town, call Telluride Outside and tell them you want to have fun on the river. This way, you might not necessarily catch the biggest fish, but you are going to catch some of the best scenery in the West.

The author fly-fishing in Telluride.
The author fly-fishing in Telluride.

One rainy morning in early August, Brian Conlin asked what I wanted to do. “Catch fish, or see some incredible waterfalls,” I told him. As a gal who only gets on the river 5 to 10 days a year, you can bet we were climbing waterfalls, scaling rock faces and searching for an elusive fish between two waterfalls that shouldn’t exist, but do.

My guide and I were no more than 15 minutes outside of Telluride, but there wasn’t a soul anywhere on the stream, or even in our parking area. We fought some late summer rains and high run-off as we trudged up the river and over some very impressive falls. The scenery, sounds and serenity were subdued by my screams of joy when I landed not one, but two little brownies (Brown Trout) in deep pools streamside.

Regardless of my bounty, Telluride can do no wrong for a fly-fisher. It’s remote, there’s not a large population to begin, therefore, there aren’t very many crowded spots, and a large stretch of the San Miguel or its tributaries can be yours for hours. Of course, I can’t divulge our fishing spot, but Conlin assures me, there’s dozens of these spots to be had.


Author Bio: Julie Bielenberg is a Denver-based writer. She contributes over 50 stories per year to various outlets including AAA, Cowboys & Indians, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, The MotherList, Mountain Magazine, Mile High Mamas, Colorado & Mountain Meetings + Events, and many more. She is the State’s #1 agritourism writer, covering more ground and events and publishing in more outlets than any other Coloradan. She travels in search of fields, farms, families and more. Sometimes she finds herself in often uncovered, or understated locales. Follow her at for travels and adventures and on Instagram @slowandgotraveler