Colorado Fly Fishing

Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing on private sections of the Colorado River as well as private waters on the C Lazy U Guest Ranch.

 

Fly Fishing at its best! Fishing opportunities are endless at our Colorado dude ranch. We encourage and welcome all skill levels at the C Lazy U. Enjoy learning the basics of fly fishing with a one-hour complimentary lesson on our pond or Willow Creek. This is easy, close, convenient, and enjoyable for all ages. For additional fly fishing opportunities, sign up for a guided river experience on or off the property.

For on-ranch guided fly fishing, we offer three hour sessions on a private stretch of Willow Creek. Additionally, half- or full-day trips are available on private stretches of neighboring water, such as the Colorado and Fraser Rivers. Guests of C Lazy U have the opportunity to catch rainbow, brown, and brook trout while wade fishing. For more information and current rates, please click here.

The C Lazy U Ranch has been recognized by The Orvis Company as part of its collection of top quality fly fishing lodges in North America.  We are one of only five endorsed lodges in the state of Colorado. What this means to our guests is that the C Lazy U Ranch meets and exceeds the expectations of quality as set forth by Orvis, both on and off the water. This is a coveted endorsement and one that we are very proud of. Our professional fishing guides know the local waters intimately and do their best to ensure a quality and memorable fly fishing experience.

Our ranch concierge will help with scheduling, details, and pricing. If you book a complimentary one-hour lesson, or a guided fishing trip, all necessary equipment is provided. This includes Orvis rods, reels, flies, waders, and boots. Please note, a fishing license is required to fish in the state of Colorado. Licenses are not included in our fly fishing rates and can be purchased ahead of time online or in our Outfitters Cabin.

Meet Our Guides

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Maddie Brenneman

Where are you from?
“Not far! Denver, Colorado.”

Where else have you lived?
“I went to college in Tacoma, Washington and have lived in Colorado, Santa Fe and Atlanta.”

Favorite place to fish?
“I was fortunate to fish New Zealand for a month last year. The South Island is my favorite. ”

Favorite species to catch with a fly rod?
“Anything I can sight fish for.”

Favorite Fly?
“I love fishing big dries as well as streamers. Late summer and fall are my favorite times.”

Other hobbies?
“Hiking, traveling, cooking and playing with my dog, Tuco.”


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Dave Christman (aka Super Dave)

Where are you from?
“I am from Berthoud, Colorado.”

Where else have you lived?
“I have lived in Virginia Beach, New Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii & California.”

Favorite place to fish?
“My fly rod is like my magic blanket and it takes me all over the world.”

Favorite species to catch with a fly rod?
“My favorite is trout.”

Favorite Fly?
“A pattern I tie, the Wiggle Nymph.” 

Other hobbies?
“I like hunting, whitewater rafting, dirt biking and ice fishing during the winter.”


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Taylor Swift

Where are you from?
“Originally, I am from Nashville, TN.”

Where else have you lived?
“I lived in Oxford, Mississippi for five years before making my way out to Colorado.”

Favorite place to fish?
“William’s Fork River in Colorado.”

Favorite species to catch with a fly rod?
“Trout.”

Favorite Fly?
“A pattern I tie, the Wiggle Nymph.” 

Other hobbies?
“I enjoy Hunting for waterfowl, elk and mule deer.”


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Claus Muhlbauer

Where are you from?
“I was born in Germany and raised in Pennsylvania. I have spent the majority of my life in Colorado.”

Favorite place to fish?
“The high alpine lakes… the ones that take a lot of hiking to get to!”

Favorite species to catch with a fly rod?
“I would have to say trout.”  

Other hobbies?
“Skiing, hiking, and outdoor recreation that is quiet.”

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