Two-Day Overnight Fly Fishing Adventure in Colorado’s High Country


With their headwaters protected in the remote Uncompahgre Wilderness, the Forks of the Cimarron River and the tailwater section of Big Cimarron River below Silverjack Reservoir offer quality fly fishing for native cutthroat, brook and rainbow trout within the heart of the expansive Uncompahgre National Forest Service in the San Juan Mountains. One of the most beautiful settings in Colorado, the Cimarron High Country Rivers offer guests wonderful opportunities for solitude on this all-inclusive overnight camping and guided high country fly fishing experience. This scenic high alpine backcountry delivers more than 25+ miles of access to multiple creeks, streams and rivers.

“You’ll be amazed by the diversity of landscape, from alpine tundra to majestic spires, pinnacles and castles blocking the sun to dark, green forests carpeting steep mountains. And water, water everywhere.”
– Mark D. Williams (Author) Fly Fishing Southwest Colorado


Think About Your Goals
What do you want from your two-day overnight guided walk wade Cimarron High Country fly fishing trip? When booking, communicate with our reservation team and let them know what you’d like to focus on or if you have limitations. Just want a relaxing overnight with family and friends? Work on improving your walk wade fly fishing tactics. As we say, “It’s your trip,” so convey your goals in advance to maximize the experience.

Our access to the high country is centrally located between Ridgway, Ouray, and Silverton, an easy drive from our shop, with vast angler access, covering countless miles of creeks and streams. On the overnight Cimarron high country trips, hiking is necessary to truly enjoy this fantastic resource. Let our staff know what type of hiking you are capable of. We can limit it to light hiking or adjust to get deeper into areas that require rock scrambling and a hiking adventure to access seldom-visited waters. Remember to acclimate prior to your high country fly fishing trip because you will be going up 9000 Ft. in elevation.

We Know Cimarron River High Country Creeks and Streams
As the longest permitted guided fly fishing outfitter on the Cimarron River (Big Cimarron & Cimarron Forks), we have a long-standing record as both teachers and advocates of leave-no-trace principles; we pride ourselves on our commitment to preserving this beautiful resource; we are lucky to call our backyard fishery with a view.

Our Two-Day Overnight Cimarron High Country fly fishing trips are most productive from July through September but conditions year to year can allow for start times as early as June and run as late as the end of October. Post run-off spring fly fishing conditions in the high country come alive with eager trout, active after a long winter slumber. To find out current conditions and the best time to fish the Cimarron River high country streams, speak with our reservation team. We can make recommendations to include the Cimarron High Country as part of your visit to nearby destinations like Gunnison, Ouray, Telluride, Grand Junction or Montrose, Colorado.

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All-Inclusive + Meals
We provide all boats, fishing gear, rod/reel/line, and wade boots as needed for guided fly fishing trips. Overnight floats, including Gunnison River fly fishing, also include quality riverside meals, camping gear, cookware, tents, sleeping bags/pads, tables/chairs, dry bags, provisions, and beverages. Our guides, experienced in guided fly fishing in Colorado, provide access to their arsenal of hand-selected tools of the trade, including site-specific flies, nets, leader/tippet, nipper/forceps, flotant, indicators, and more. However, if you prefer to bring any of your gear, please do!

Low Client-to-Guide Ratio
For your benefit, we exclusively offer a low client-to-guide ratio of two clients per guide, so everyone receives hands-on attention and personalized service. Rely on our seasoned fly fishing guides to help you enjoy your high alpine camping experience, form good fly fishing habits, and help you understand alpine backcountry fishery behavior. Whether you want to perfect your cast, learn more about the resource or work to catch the fish of the day, our guides are more than guides — they are patient, informative backcountry stewards.*Please pack lite on these trips – space is limited.

High country fly fishing trips routinely meet and depart from our Fly Shop in Ridgway, with a detailed check-in process to ensure you are properly outfitted for your day on the boat. From there, your guide provides round-trip transportation and a vehicle shuttle as part of the overnight experience.

Custom Meeting & Pick-Up Locations
Let RIGS bring the experience to you! Traveling from Grand Junction, Telluride, Crested Butte, or Gunnison Colorado, or camping nearby? Save drive time and get on the water faster with RIGS optional Meeting or Pick-Up locations. Our advanced online waiver process captures guest details in advance of your overnight trip, so our team is informed about easy on-site logistics and all-inclusive gear needs.

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In order to legally fish in the State of Colorado, anyone 16 years or older must possess a valid Colorado State Fishing License. The cost of the fishing license is not included in trip prices. Licenses can be purchased for periods of one day or more. We encourage you to purchase Fishing & Hunting Licenses Online prior to your trip.