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Main Ranch Fly-Fishing

Thanks to some overzealous beavers throughout the years, the cold, clear natural springs that once meandered down the valley have been transformed into a series of productive pools. There you’ll land some incredibly large but selective rainbows. Add to the mix a bountiful supply of aggressive browns, a few brookies, and an occasional cutthroat and cut-bow. Catch one of each in one day for a Grand Slam.

Fishing is good eight months out of the year, and every season has its own charm and benefits. Early spring fishing brings the annual epic feeding frenzy after what seems like an eternity of winter. As soon as the water temps begin to warm the fish come alive and the party begins. Anglers warm up too and finally pack up the gear they’ve been admiring at home just waiting for these first days out. The guides are experienced and can help you make good choices, pick out the biggest cruisers, use your greatest stealthy moves, and have net always ready. It will be up to you and your guide how to fish each different cascading pool, what approach to take, which pattern to use. All this happens on a ruggedly scenic landscape that’s one of the prettiest places you’ll ever find to plant yourself for a few days. When you’re not scanning for a big rainbow, you can look up and out and remember why it’s often said that trout only live in the most beautiful places on earth.

Summer brings the wide blue skies, puffy white clouds, short sleeves, and strung-together vacation days for real. It’s time to get the right dry fly on the water to match the hatch. Damselflies in late May and early June create some really exciting activity. This may be the time you’ll want to make time to add a Fly-fishing Expedition day or two to your main ranch trip. In late summer anglers can cash in on terrestrial activity when the beetles and hoppers come off and the fish feed aggressively. Fall brings vibrant autumn colors and the trout seem to get brighter and bolder too. Working a dry fly or a streamer against the bank draws hits from some of the biggest fish of the season. Late fall and they’re feeding for the long haul into spring, knowing they don’t have much longer to stock up for winter.

Any trip to the main ranch for a few days often calls for a hop over to the K-T for a totally different kind of fishing on the White River and spring creeks. Come for a while and do it all. Or better still, come three times a year and make sure you have time to enjoy each experience to the fullest.

The High Lonesome Ranch is the perfect place for families with kids who want to learn to fly-fish. At the same time, it’s challenging enough for even the most experienced angler. Access to the pools and creeks is easy and makes them accessible to a wide variety of fly-fisherman who would rather fish than tackle the rugged landscapes so typical of some of the larger western rivers. Book your adventure today. The trout are waiting for you.

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