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Banana Belt Ranch Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Salida, Colorado, USA

3 Anglers Maximum

Fishing per day: starting at $150 per guest

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

This property offers 1 mile of fly fishing access to the popular Arkansas River. Only 2 hours and change from Denver, anglers will be a short drive away from the popular vacation towns of Salida and Buena Vista. This valley comes alive during the summer and is a lot of fun for the family. Anglers can expect to net plenty of wild brown and rainbow trout during their visit. As you can see from the photos, the scenery isn’t bad either : )

While on the property, your options are nearly limitless. The upper section of the property offers deep runs, steep banks, and large structure. With multiple fishing lanes, you will be able to target rising fish with a dry fly setup to euro nymphing and streamer fishing til your heart’s content. As you work your way downstream the river shallows out for 1/4 mile with pocket water.  Towards the downstream boundary, you will find a large pool that holds plenty of fish. At the backside of this pool, the river picks up steam and goes into some great pocket water that holds opportunistic, aggressive fish.

Access is easy-moderate closest to the downstream boundary. Just follow the dirt road down to the river and follow the river upstream.

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

Due to livestock and other concerns, dogs and other pets are NOT permitted on this property.

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. 

RESOURCES

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. Ideal Flow Range 400 - 850 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: 5 AM - 8 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

Wednesday
12/6/2023
58℉ / 34℉

Thursday
12/7/2023
50℉ / 32℉

Friday
12/8/2023
37℉ / 29℉

Saturday
12/9/2023
30℉ / 9℉

Sunday
12/10/2023
38℉ / 5℉

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Reviews (3)

4.7 out of 5.0
Service 5.0
Value for Money 4.3
Location 4.7
Cleanliness 5.0
  • Rob F
    November 7, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    The water was low, as to be expected this time of year. It was fully sunny and the water was clear making fishing difficult at best. I caught three browns, my friend didn’t catch anything.

    The customer service was excellent. I’ll be more careful in my timing for private water again in the future due to weather and river flow conditions.

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  • Conor Wynne-Parry
    September 1, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Banana Belt is a very unique property, it feels like high desert above the river with cactus and antelope everywhere. The river access is easy with designated trails that leads to bridges over an irrigation ditch. I recommend sticking to these 4-5 access points, as anything off the trails is either steep or very bushy. Fishing was very fun, 5wt water with holes tucked in behind rocks and pools. Fish were moving for nymphs and hoppers

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  • John Fitzgerald
    May 4, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Really fun stretch of the Arkansas with great views and easy access. This was my first fishing trip on the Arkansas, and I unfortunately showed up a bit under geared for the spring run off. Flows were big, and the water was murky. I picked up a couple of nice Brown trout before noon of a black leach streamer, but things really slowed down in the afternoon as the sun came out, and the wind picked up. Lunch stream side with the snow capped mountains made for a memorable day. Love to come back after the run off, and try some nymph patterns as there were some gorgeous holding area’s on this stretch of the river.

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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.