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Arkansas River Canyon Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Salida, Colorado, USA

2 Anglers Maximum

Fishing per day: starting at $150 per guest

This property is “request to book”.  See below for more details.

This ranch is special. The landowner has invested nearly $1,000,000 into restoring the river for prime trout habitat. Just a few minutes away from downtown Salida, anglers can expect to catch 14-18″ wild brown, rainbow, and cutbow trout. The property provides anglers with 0.5 miles of fishing on a gold medal stretch of the Arkansas River, due to the amount of structure that has been put in place it fishes more like 1 mile. Accessing the river can be tough in spots but there are easy spots for younger anglers and people with mobility issues. If you’re willing to put in a little extra work, you’ll find some of the best runs and pools the Arkansas River has to offer. Due to the structure, the fish are opportunistic feeders that are willing to take a streamer at almost every turn.

Although we typically get your booking approved within a few hours, please allow up to 1 business day for booking confirmations.

Request to book: When you select your dates and hit the “book now” button you are sending in a request to book, please note this is not a confirmed booking. If it is available, we will accept your booking/payment and send a confirmation email. If it is not available, we will inform you via email. 


Know before you go

Check out the resources below to help you prepare for your upcoming trip and ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information for a stellar day on the water.

  1. Don’t forget your local fishing license, you can grab one online here.
  2. Check your local flows. 200 CFS is good for wading, much higher and you will have to fish from banks or boats. Too High - 800 CFS.
  3. Contact a local fly shop for the most up-to-date hatch and fly information.
  4. Know the local regulations.
  5. Fishing Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM.
  6. Fishing Season: March - December. Can be fishable in winter at times.
  7. Rod Recommendation: 4-weight, 8'6" this is a great option for the Mother's Day caddis hatch. Use your 9' 5-wt for the all-purpose nymphing or hopper set up, and 9'6" 6-wt. for streamer fishing.

Most of our properties are ranches, so expect to walk through hayfields, cow fields, or even hop a few fences. These are not "groomed" properties. They can be rugged and wild and we believe that is part of the adventure with RareWaters! If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out in advance of booking a trip!

River Data

5-Day Weather Forecast

79℉ / 50℉

79℉ / 50℉

76℉ / 48℉

76℉ / 51℉

74℉ / 48℉

Features and Amenities


Reviews (22)

4.8 out of 5.0
Service 4.8
Value for Money 4.7
Location 4.8
Cleanliness 4.8
  • Mike G
    September 25, 2023 at 10:43 am

    Great place to fish. We caught about 20 fish mainly browns 8-14 inches. The morning was slow and we fished the area around and up river from the bridge. Very surprisingly we only caught 2 fish. Went to town for lunch and stopped by local fly shop (The next Eddy) for some advice. We were using rhe correct flys. After lunch we tried the big pool at the bridge again and then decided to head down river. Caught most of our fish at the lower edge of the property in a big riffle into a pool. The only problem is getting to this area was not easy. But very worth it! Had a great day! Will definitely come back! Our flow was perfect (400cfu). I can see how access could be a problem if the flow was high. Again, great place! Great fish!

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  • Ken C
    September 19, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    well architected river with abundant structure, with easy access on the south side, a bit challenging on the east side. Great population of healthy fish.

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  • Andy D
    August 24, 2023 at 7:26 pm

    I had the opportunity to fish this property in late April. The weather was overcast and slightly drizzly. Finding the location was easy. I parked my rig behind a gate and was able to walk right down to the river to target a deep hole that had active fish. The fish were feeding throughout the water column. I was fortunate to not catch a fish on the first cast but the fifth ended up working. I guess that I’m a little superstitious. The rest of the day was on point. I was able to go tight while nymphing and swinging streamers. With the weather, the streamer game was where it was at. I can not wait for my next trip back!

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Arkansas River Canyon

Frequently asked questions.

What is RareWaters?

We provide affordable and easy access to private ranches for you to experience do-it-yourself (DIY) fly fishing experiences. No upfront membership fees are required. Just pay as you book! Pricing is listed at the top of each property's listing page. DIY fly fishing means anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flow and fishing conditions. When the information is available, we include weather and river flow information for the properties on our website.

What hours can I fish?

Each landowner sets their fishing hours, and most are sunrise to sunset. We have a few landowners who deviate from that timeframe. This information is listed on each property listing page.

Can a non-angling friend or relative join me?

At this time, everyone over the age of 12 must pay the full rod fee to be on RareWaters' property. This is to ensure that all anglers have the serenity, space and outdoor experience we are committed to providing.

Will I get the water all to myself?

We limit each property to a max number of anglers, typically no more than 3-4 anglers per mile. This is different for each property, so be sure to go to the property's listing page to find out what the maximum is for the property you want to book. For example, if you have 2 anglers in your group and the maximum number of anglers is 4, we may add 2 other anglers to the property that day, even if they are from another group. If you book all 4 (or more) rod spots that day, then your group will have the whole property to yourselves.

How do I know where to go after I book?

After we receive your payment, you will receive a booking confirmation email. Within 7 days of your reservation, you will receive a property map via email with GPS coordinates, directions, parking and camping information, etc. We strongly encourage all anglers to save GPS coordinates into their smartphones before leaving cell service. Many of our properties are remote working ranches with limited cell service. Google Maps is our preferred app for all angler directions.

What are your booking policies?

Great question. Here are a few policies you should know before you go:

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made ten (10) days or more before the booked date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made five (5) to ten (10) days before the booked date will receive a credit for future use. Cancellations made five (5) days or less before the booked date will receive no refund or credit. By submitting a booking request for any RareWaters' property, you agree to this cancellation policy. If you request to book a property within 10 days of the request date, and the booking is approved and you cancel the booking, you will receive a credit for future use. RareWaters is not responsible for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. Anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flows and fishing conditions. Refunds and credits will not be issued for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. The Cancellation Policy may be superseded by extenuating circumstances as deemed appropriate by RareWaters' staff.

Maximum Angler Policy:

Please note, if your party does not equate to the maximum angler amount for the property you've booked, you may encounter another angler or group. Maximum angler amounts are listed in the description for every property on the website. Please practice good fishing etiquette around other anglers by giving each other plenty of space and sharing different stretches of the watershed.

Leave No Trace Policy:

All anglers must adhere to RareWaters "Leave No Trace" policy. This policy requires all anglers to leave properties better off than they found them. If you see trash, please pick it up and pack it out. We ask that you kindly be respectful of the land, any livestock, and the watershed so we can continue to offer fly fishing access for years to come. Trespassing will not be tolerated and all violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Leave No Trace Policy.

Solicitation Policy:

Under no circumstances may an angler or their guest solicit RareWaters' landowners for any reason. During your trip, anglers and guests are not permitted to promote, sell or offer any kind of services or products to RareWaters' landowners. Additionally, anglers and their guests may not compete with RareWaters in any way while visiting RareWaters' properties. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Solicitation Policy.