Gold Medal Fishing in the Upper Rio Grande

The Upper Rio Grande, Teeming with Life


The Upper Rio Grande Watershed offers some of the best fishing west of the Mississippi! The Rio Grande Club is located on the banks of the Rio Grande, with fishing access to more than a mile of private waters for club members as well as visitors who purchase a Rio Grande Club Experience Package
The nearby town of South Fork sits snugly at the confluence of the South Fork and Rio Grande rivers, along the longest stretch of Gold Medal waters for fly fishing in Colorado. Nearly 20 miles of the Rio Grande has Gold Medal designation from Colorado Division of Wildlife, which means the highest quality aquatic habitat in Colorado and the best chance for catching trophy trout. 
The Rio Grande headwaters begin in breathtaking apline meadows above the nearby town of Creede, descending into South Fork and continuing eastward toward Del Norte and the San Luis Valley floor. Within this stretch lies one of the most undeveloped, pristine rivers in the entire Southwest, with many tributaties flowing into the Rio Grande along the way. Rainbows and Browns abound in these waters. Other native wildlife along the river include Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, elk, moose, muskrat, bobcat, weasel, black bear, mountain lion and coyote. The Rio Grande Watershed and San Luis Valley are along vital bird migration routes, making the area rich in birdlife---including waterfowl, warblers and other songbirds and raptors. Binoculars and a bird field guide are a must! 
Fisher folk can cast the line from their boat or the river's edge. When the water level decreases, the Rio Grande offers unique opportunities for wade fishing.
Besides the Rio Grande and South Fork rivers, there are copious creeks, lakes and reservoirs offering year-round fishing opportunities. Trophy Rainbows and Browns are abundant in Rio Grande waters from the Rio Grande Reservoir all the way to Del Norte. The Rio Grande Club's private waters are along the plentiful stretch between South Fork and Del Norte. Float trips down the Rio Grande from Creede to the club's unique Fishing Lodge are a popular activity among members--for Gold Medal fishing, wildlife watching and good old-fashioned fun. 
* Gold Medal waters support recreational fishing by keeping fish in the water so they can grow to a larger size. Club waters are 100 percent barbless, fly fishing and catch and realease only. Fishing licenses are required. Click here to learn more about the incredible fishing opportunities around South Fork, Colorado.