After your first cast you have left ordinary time behind! Welcome to life at North Fork Ranch and the rush of the North Fork of the South Platte River. If fly fishing is your passion, you’ve found the perfect spot! Our pristine stretch of water, over two miles, is conveniently located within one hour southwest of Denver. Our professional guides will ensure an unforgettable fly fishing vacation experience whether you choose a full or half day trip. Only fifty yards off the back porch of our Colorado fishing lodge you’ll find the tranquil North Fork of the South Platte River teeming with Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat and Steelhead Trout. Fish you will remember for a lifetime. Whether you are here for the day, multiple days, or the entire week, you will always want “one more day”.


A day at the ranch just isn’t complete without one of Karen’s hearty, scrumptious lunches …including warm home-baked cookies! Check out our fly fishing vacation packages that include meals and lodging along with your spectacular Colorado fly fishing experience. Every day, any season, is a great day for fishing at North Fork Ranch!
  • Year round day fishing (half or full day). Guided only
  • Packages available including meals, lodging & fishing.
  • Average fish runs 3 pounds, 18-22 inches
  • Try to land a 5-7 pounder!
  • “Introduction to fly fishing” class
  • Guide services and equipment provided
  • Resident guide, Jeff Poole has over 20 years’ experience
  • Reserve a guided fly fishing trip with North Fork Ranch Guide Service
  • Kids enjoy our stocked trout pond. Fishing poles sold in the ranch Trading Post.
You’ll find the best fly fishing just steps away from your back door here at the ranch. The North Fork of the South Platte boasts over 2.5 miles of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s favorite trophy trout fishing river. Fish in the president’s footsteps for large Rainbow and Brown Trout as well as Brook Trout. On the one-half mile of river, we have over 1500 pounds of fish, making for some unbelievable fishing. The river is fly fishing only, guided, barbless hooks, catch and release.

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Only thebest day ever!

June 30, 2014
By: Teek83 from Doylestown, PA, USA

“I made a return trip to North Fork Ranch having previously fished it in 2006. All I can say is WOW! The fishing was phenomenal – our guide Matt was a great instructor for my son and put us both on fish early and often. The stream produced the largest trout of my 52 years and the pond produced fun fishing for my whole family. But even better! – the stay at the lodge was the best vacation my family (4 children 15-20) has ever taken! Food, fun activities and genuine hospitality made for great memories!”

A CLASS ACT…not to mention A TON OF FUN!!

July 8, 2014
By: DLA2600 from Sedona, AZ

“Just returned from five days at NFR. This is WORLD CLASS trout fishing at your doorstep. We had four in our group – everyone from a very experienced fly fisherman, to me…my first day in waders! We all had a terrific time, caught a LOT of big fish and couldn’t have been more pleased with Monroe as our guide. Book it today….you will not be disappointed!”

Best fishing trip ever

July 28, 2014
By: DOCFEN from Old Hickory,TN

“We just returned from the greatest fishing trip ever. My good friend who had never Fly fished and I had two great days of nymphing at two different locations. Jeff Poole is the best guide I have ever had in 15 years of fishing. Frankie caught an 8 pound 27 inch trout for his 2nd ever Rainbow. I caught 3 fish over 6 pounds and around 24 inches. Cannot say enough about this place. We had our wives with us and they now want to go back and try their luck at fishing also. Karen and staff were extra kind to them and they enjoyed their stay as much as the men did. Excellent and very unique place.”


North Fork Ranch is open year around as an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge and featured in “Fly Fishing’s Finest Destinations”.
We are only an hour drive from Denver, a little longer by horseback.

Escape for the day & fish our private water! Give us a call at 800-843-7895 in advance to arrange your trip.
Guide Fee
1 Angler
2 Anglers
3 Anglers
Full Day
Half Day

*Rates include guide fees and private water access fees. All equipment and terminal tackle (including flies) is supplied by your Orvis Endorsed fly fishing guide. A full day trip includes lunch.

*All fishing on the river at North Fork Ranch is guided.
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