First Child Free. Book before January 1 for Dude Ranch Season 2017. Call 970.283.9420

K-T Ranch Fly-Fishing

Our sister ranch, The K-T Ranch located just outside Meeker, Colorado, offers some mighty special trout water – private spring creeks and big stretches of the fabled White River. Twists, turns, braids, deep cuts, rip rap, seams and under cut banks – its all here.

The Ute Indians called the misty stretch the “Smoking Earth River.”  Steam rises from the river in the spring and in the fall, and anglers fishing during those times are shrouded in fog in the mornings and the evenings. In-between times are a little slice of magic.

There are seven plus miles of private fishing on the White, including spring creeks, braids and beaver dams. The freestone river flows out of the Flattops Wilderness and meanders through some of Colorado’s most fertile farmland. The White is not your typical sprawling western river, it’s an intimate freestone stream, and the fishing is outstanding. An extra treat for you are the various spring creeks that feed the White, where you’ll find aptly named beats like Oz, Jurassic Park, and the Stream of Broken Dreams. Here you can fish for some of the largest specimens of browns and cutbows in the state.

You’ll find trout holding where they should hold. You’ll find them in current seams, above or below rocks, in back eddies, along blowdown, at the head and tailouts of pools, classic stuff. Once hooked, the trout dash and dart and try and put every piece of watercress and weed on your tippet. It’s a dramatic style of fishing. After you fish the White River you’ll want to come back for more.

Anglers are drawn to the K-T in early July right after runoff from the winter snows.  Big grasshoppers are also drawn to the neighboring farmers’ drying fields around cutting season. They are plentiful and so are the trout that feast on their annual arrival.

The lodge is an intimate four-bedroom 4,200-square foot restored 1880s Victorian ranch house, one of the last remaining Meeker homesteads. The hospitable staff takes care of your every need, providing easy conversation on the screened porch and local news, including ideas for other activities like the Meeker Sheepdog Championship and more. The large, comfortable siting room with fireplace gives you an option to the fire pit outside or the screened porch. You might want to stay an extra day just to visit this charming little western Colorado town, if you can tear yourself away from the fishing lodge.

In the lodge, you’ll find comfortable guest rooms and contemporary western cuisine – hearty meals made from scratch – based on a farm-to-table philosophy that makes great use of our own THLR Angus beef and local lamb, pork, and free-range chickens. Produce is locally sourced from the White River, Grand River and Roaring Fork Valleys nearby. Olathe corn, Palisade peaches, and others are the absolute best when they’re in season. Excellent local wines from 19 area vineyards are paired with meals.

Every K-T guide is certified through the Orvis program as a fly-casting instructor, and a full-rental program is available with the best Orvis rod outfits, waders, and accessories, terminal tackle and gadgets.

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Book before January 1, 2017: First child comes free with at least one paying adult for a Full 6-day Dude Ranch Experience. One free child – ages 4-15 – per immediate family. Dates based on availability from June through early September, 2017 season.  Call now to book your dates.

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