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Colorado River Grand Hogback Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

New Castle, Colorado, USA

4 Anglers Maximum

Fishing per day: starting at $150 per guest

Discover a serene 1.5-mile stretch of the Colorado River near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, with breathtaking views of the Grand Hogback.

Despite being close to I-70, the road’s sights and sounds won’t disrupt your fishing experience. Eagles’ nests adorn the property, adding to the natural beauty and wildlife sightings while you fish.

The river is very approachable throughout the property, revealing a tapestry of long runs and inviting pockets lining the bank.  You can expect to catch brown trout and rainbow trout in the 14-18″ range on average and this river holds the promise of hooking truly large fish, adding an element of excitement to every cast.

The trails from parking locations are fairly flat and easily navigable. Depending on the water flow, you may find yourself wading along sandy banks or gravel beds, varying in size from 4 to 12 inches. The upper section ensures easy wading access, while downstream, the banks present a steeper challenge before mellowing out in the lower section. Don’t hesitate to explore the middle section, despite its steeper banks, as you can still walk or wade into the river. There are some really nice long runs on this property perfect for swinging flies.

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.


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.
  3. Contact a local fly shop for the most up-to-date hatch and fly information. Drifters Fly Shop is a local fly and coffee shop in New Castle, they are on Facebook.
  4. Know the local regulations.
  5. Fishing Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  6. Fishing Season: Typically mid-summer through Winter
  7. Rod Recommendations: 4-6 wt.  Ideal for 3-5 wt Spey rods also.

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!

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Features and Amenities


Review (1)

4.8 out of 5.0
Service 5.0
Value for Money 5.0
Location 5.0
Cleanliness 4.0
  • Andy D
    August 24, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    The scenery was on point!

    I saw multiple Eagles on the property and a few deer late in the day. The parking was easy to find. The grass was a bit tall on the trails to the river but we have had a ton of rain this year. The river was super easy to navigate even with high water. The upper section of the property had some decent structure. I was able to pull a few nice browns out on a nymph rig. I continued downstream near the middle of the property and was greeted by a group of geese who did not help my cause. I did make it down to the lower section and brought a few more to the net.

    Overall a great day! I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of road noise from I70 even though the property sits right alongside it. The view on the opposite bank was so cool.

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Colorado River Grand Hogback

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.