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Cochetopa Creek and Cabins Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Parlin, Colorado, USA

6 Anglers Maximum

Fishing per day: starting at $125 per guest

Camping per day: starting at $50 per guest

Access 2 miles of Cochetopa Creek on a family-owned cattle ranch. Fly fishing doesn’t get more secluded than this. Fish sizes average 10-16″. There are some larger brown trout lurking in the deeper pools. This is great 3-weight water for the feisty brown trout enthusiast. This property is about 45 minutes from downtown Gunnison. Camping is permitted here. River access is manageable for everyone. You’ll have to do a little walking but getting to the creek is very open and easy.

Fields are irrigated on average, between May 1st til August 1st. Be prepared for boggy and knee-high grass. After August, the fields are mowed and access is easier. There is barbed wire to cross at all entries.

CFS: Ideal – 25 CFS makes for good fishing on this creek.

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.

Camping prices are per person/per day. Camping is dispersed camping. Please practice “leave no trace” principles and pack out all trash. You will need to supply your own water.  No open fires allowed.  Four full RV hookup sites are available for use. Please reach out as we need to check with the owner to see if a full hookup site is available for your dates.

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 flow report here.  Ideal: 25 CFS makes for good fishing on this creek.
  3. Contact a local fly shop for the most up-to-date hatch and fly information.
  4. Know the local regulations.
  5. Fishing Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  6. Fishing Season: April - December

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

Monday
2/26/2024
42℉ / 38℉

Tuesday
2/27/2024
39℉ / 24℉

Wednesday
2/28/2024
24℉ / -2℉

Thursday
2/29/2024
30℉ / 9℉

Friday
3/1/2024
34℉ / 15℉

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Reviews (2)

3.5 out of 5.0
Service 4.0
Value for Money 2.5
Location 3.0
Cleanliness 4.5
  • Brenden
    August 23, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Cool property. Netted several browns during our visit. Most of them were holding up in the deeper pools given the lower flows. Most of the action was on the surface, which is always fun.

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  • Tom
    July 26, 2023 at 8:07 am

    We did not get an early start and that was a mistake on the hot day we fished. Only one 10” brown to hand in 2+ hours of fishing and only a few other fish seen or spooked. No bugs in air or water that we saw. We fished the top 1/2 mile or so , the last part of which is nicely formed meadow creek that looked like it would be good fishing with about 30% more flow than we had. Stream was very very low, had fallen quite a bit more than trend just overnight, and was probably too warm for unstressed trout IMO. Checking streamflow data shows the flows on Cochetopa crashed exceptionally hard on July 10 (upstream irrigation diversion?). Before that it was likely too high to fish well and now it’s too low I feel. Not really sure that even on its best day (which based on streamflow history might be just one day this summer where flow was in the mid to 20s cfs) this is a $125/rod property, but then this was my first Rarewaters booking so I have no comparison. That said, $275 with fees for two anglers seems excessive for this little creek. There is quality small stream fishing on public water not far from here, including higher up on this same stream if I recall from fishing here years ago.

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    • Owner
      July 27, 2023 at 4:47 pm

      The creeks does hold aggressive browns, however, it all depends on flows, time of year, weather, etc. This year has been a technical year for fishing some of these creeks due to the high flows most of early summer, and now the hot weather and low flows. Sorry to hear those flows dropped on you before you went.

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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.