Our Waters

Broadacres Ranch offers a unique combination of big tailwater, diverse pocket water, meadow freestone, and still water private fisheries. You can spend a morning stalking and wading the Rio Grande and then have an intimate afternoon on our smaller freestone fishery, Shallow Creek.

Our private river fisheries employ a carefully controlled “beat” system limited to eight anglers to ensure a quality angling experience. If you’d like a change of pace from fishing moving water, you can always challenge the trophy trout in our private lakes.

waters1 In addition to fishing on the ranch, Broadacres has miles of backcountry and float trip access for our more adventurous guests. We’re surrounded by the Rio Grande National Forest and as a result, there are hundreds of miles of streams and many lakes in close proximity to the Broadacres.

Explore Our Superior Waters

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> The Rio Grande

> Shallow Creek

> Our Lakes

> Trout Habitat

> Float Trips

> FAQs: Most everything you need to know about fly fishing at Broadacres Ranch

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Backcountry Trips

50 miles USFS Permit, on high country streams – requires driving and hiking

Hatch Chart

Hatch Chart

One critical component to successful fly-fishing is acquiring basic knowledge of aquatic entomology in the area is advised before you get your waders on.

The “hatch” is a period of time in which the various insects (trout food) in a particular area are experiencing their life cycle, buzzing about, luring the trout to rise in the waters for dinner. Most often, when anglers mention “hatch” they mean the moment when insects rise to the surface and become adults, which is also known as “emergence.” However, hatch activity can also include bugs flying around above water, skimming on the surface, or crawling on rocks underwater.

Several hatches can occur at the same time. At times, an angler can catch a few, find the best match in their flybox, and be successful. At other times, the trout may be highly selective, and a catch may require changing the fly to a more alluring size, color, or species.

Hatches on the Upper Rio Grande include midge, caddis, terrestrial, stone fly, and mayfly hatches. Keep in mind that Mother Nature can change her mind anytime. Unusual weather and draught conditions tend to contribute to irregular hatches.