This is the perfect trip for those anglers who are just getting started, or looking to further develop their fly-fishing skills. Our experts will guide you every step of the way as you match skills with the Rainbow and Brown Trout which inhabit these waters. The action can be fast and furious and the scenery is spectacular. There is nothing like fishing the crystal clear waters of the Arkansas River that begins in the snow covered peaks above the valley. The cabin sits on the banks of the Arkansas River and you have one and a half miles of private river to fish. You can walk right out the cabin door and start wetting a line! With a full kitchen, our guides will prepare some of the finest home-cooked meals in the Rockies as you stretch out and relax in comfort at the day’s end.
- The world’s largest flat-topped mountain is Colorado’s Grand Mesa, located east of Grand Junction. The top extends for 53 square miles.
- Colorado is the only state in history, to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. 62% of all state Voters choose at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the State Of Colorado, and the City of Denver.
- The highest paved road in North America is the Road to Mt. Evans off of I-70 from Idaho Springs. The Road climbs up to 14,258 Ft. above sea level. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad continues to provide year round train service operating a historical train with rolling stock indigenous to the line. The line was constructed primarily to haul mine ores, both gold and silver, from the San Juan Mountains.
- The United States federal government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado. Scenic Colorado is home to four national parks: Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain, Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Great Sand Dunes. The latter includes Star Dune, which at 750 feet is the tallest dune in North America. Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet.
- The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.
- Colorado’s highest point is the peak of Mount Elbert, which is 14,433 feet in elevation. The state includes 54 “fourteeners,” or mountains more than 14,000 feet high. Coloradans love a good brew, and this is demonstrated in their having more microbreweries per capita than any other state in the Union, according to the state’s official tourism website.
Our guides will man the griddle for a hearty breakfast on our last morning. More great fishing on the Arkansas until noon when we will say our goodbyes. Travel back to place of origin.Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather, trail and course conditions, travel, health and wellbeing of the trip participants, and interests of the group.
The best way to stay comfortable on any active adventure is going lightweight. Wearing the right versatile layers will insure a system with great ventilation and maximum protection in any conditions. The items on this list are just suggestions, however traveling with these items will give you the best chance for comfort and protection while in Colorado against any and all conditions. Your local Backwoods employee would be glad to help determine which product is right for you!
Gear and Clothing
✓ Fleece jacket or wool sweater
✓ Fleece pants
✓ Synthetic or wool long underwear – tops and bottoms
✓ Wading jacket
✓ Wood / synthetic warm socks
✓ Warm hat or balaclava
✓ Sun hat
✓ Gloves – fingerless and regular
✓ Comfortable shoes for house
✓ Comfortable clothes for non-fishing times
✓ Lip balm
✓ Personal toiletries
✓ Rod and reel – 4 or 5 weight rod with reel that balances well with rod (a back-up rod if you have one). Reel should have a decent drag, preferably disc drag (the water is fast and fish can get downstream in a hurry).
✓ Lines and leaders – Weight forward floating line that matches the rod weight is ideal (this is for windy conditions). A selection of leaders from 4x to 6x are necessary. We prefer 9 ft leaders, but a couple of 7.5 footers will be handy for chunking lead. Tippets in sizes 4x to 7x are the norm for spring conditions.
✓ Waders and boots – the type of wader is not as important as the condition the waders are in. However, we strongly discourage neoprene waders for this time of year. The daytime temps can easily reach 60 or 65 degrees. Also, neoprene waders restrict movement and are heavy. Felt soled or sticky rubber boots are a must for grip on slick rocks.
✓ 12-Humpy yellow sz 12
✓ 6-Hoppers sz 10-14
✓ 12-Blue Winged Olive sz 18-22
✓ 12-Adams sz 18-22
✓ 6-Adult Midges blk/olive sz 22-28
✓ 6-Elk hair caddis olive sz 18
✓ 12-Pheasant tail sz 16-20
✓ 12-Copper John green/chartreuse/copper sz 18-22
✓ 6-BWO emerger sz 20-22
✓ 12-Wooly Bugger olive/black sz 6-12
✓ 6-Tung Teaser sz 12-16
✓ Strike indicators
✓ Split shot (bb and smaller)
✓ Knot tying tools
✓ Leader straightener
✓ Landing net
✓ Polarized sunglasses
- 4 days/3 nights at Nyhoff Cabins
- Guided fly-fishing on exclusive private waters of the Arkansas River
- Lodging in private on-site rustic cabin just a few meters from the river
- All meals and all guide fees (max. 3:1 client to guide ratio)
- Laundry at the cabin
- Colorado Fishing License
- Transportation to and from Buena Vista
- Personal fishing gear and clothing
- Alcoholic beverages
- Guide tips
- Additional activities outside the designated trip
- Travel/Evacuation Insurance and/or medical costs, and costs associated with leaving the trip early by your choice
We stay in a private home just North of Buena Vista, Colorado. Situated quaintly on the Arkansas River, this will be your fishing sanctuary. The main house has 3 bedrooms, a full kitchen, expansive patio, and plenty of room to relax. The guesthouse next to the cabin has 2 more bedrooms and a small living room. Couples can easily share a room (king or queen bed), and singles will enjoy their own private bedroom at no additional cost.
Meals are included from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast Day 4.
The first two mornings, we head into town for breakfast at a local diner. Sandwich ingredients are set out in the kitchen around 11:30, and you’re welcome to swing by and grab lunch whenever the urge strikes. Fruit, granola bars and snacks are available anytime. Dinners are hot, hearty, and comforting after a day of fishing in the chilly fall weather. While the menu changes often, some of our favorite recipes include grilled steaks with potatoes and salads, homemade lasagna, grilled chicken, and more. If its a particularly cold day, we might just whip up a batch of chili! The last morning, the guides will serve up a tasty breakfast of eggs, bacon, and more.
*Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice
FROM OUR TRAVELERS
“I had an outstanding time on my Backwoods Adventure. The location was beautiful and convenient, the food was delicious and the staff were outstanding in every way and provided assistance at every turn. I would definitely go again and looking forward to the next opportunity to see the staff at Backwoods”
“The fellowship was really enjoyable. I thought the trip was a good value, nothing fancy on the accommodations or meals but all very comfortable and appropriate for the goals of the trip.”
– Jim F, Colorado Fly Fishing
“I hope this weekend goes as well as last week. You, Joe and Billy were excellent hosts and instructors. I had a wonderful time. Thanks again for all your patient coaching and kind words. “