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North Fork Ranch, CO

The North Fork Ranch is an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing lodge situated in a picturesque setting in the mountains of Colorado. We have been a dude ranch for 30 years and a fishing lodge for over 10 years. The North Fork Ranch legend begins with our unique combination of ambiance, world class fishing, and unsurpassed hospitably. Take a minute to read through our reviews.
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71 of 71(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for North Fork Ranch, CO
Review 1 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Wow!!!!!,
May 26, 2015
By: jjonke
from Arvada, CO, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Dawson from Co Parks & Wildlife
"I was lucky enough to learn to fly fish at the amazing North Fork Ranch! I have to say the instructors/guides were all top notch. Extremely knowldgable about fly fishing and the river! They were happy to teach and share their passion for fly fishing. Not to mention the fish are big and beautiful!! The entire staff was very friendly and accomodating. The lunch was outstanding and delicious. I can't say enough about the day. I can't wait to return!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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One of the best places to be,
May 24, 2015
By: PatFisher3
from Colorado, USA
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Additional Thoughts:The best.
"North Fork Ranch is a beautiful dude ranch. Warm cozy ranch house and cabins. Well kept and maintained by owners Karen and Dean May. Numerous activities. Horseback riding, hay rides, swimming, hiking and the best fishing around. Guides Jeff, Monroe and John provide one of the fishing experiences in Colorado on beautiful private waters. And the food at the ranch is terrific."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Great,
May 23, 2015
By: Pplm
from Denver, CO, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Great
"Great setting. Great guide,fishing,food."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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A great day on the river.. Once again!,
May 11, 2015
By: dcass97
from Parker, CO, USA
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"I've been a guest numerous times at Northfork and held multiple client events there as well. Jeff has created an environment where a novice and an advanced angler can have literally the best day they've ever had on the water. Monroe and John are always outstanding guides. Can't wait to get out again."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Public Water Fishing,
March 18, 2015
By: rainbowlover
from Eau Claire, WI, USA
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Additional Thoughts:awesome trip
"Who says you can't catch fish on public water? We did. Even in March. Our guide John was outstanding. Can't wait to go back."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Fantastic Experience,
September 28, 2014
By: Marty123
from Pueblo, CO, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Could not have had a better time.
"Dean and Karen were genuine people. In addition they are FANTASTIC hosts. The accommodations were great and food delicious. Four of us (fishing buddies) spent only two days but wished we had planned a few more. We will be back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Great intro to fly fishing,
September 22, 2014
By: NoviceFlyFisher
from Houston, TX, USA
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"I had never fly fished and came to North Fork for introductory class. A beautiful location and great people. Our guide Jeff worked with me and my wife and made the learning process easy and enjoyable."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Perfect for Beginners!,
September 22, 2014
By: LarryBHouston
from Houston, TX, USA
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"I brought two older friends (65+) who had never fished before. Jeff was great. He was patient, clear and encouraging. We took the 1/2 day Orvis class. Within 4 hours of class and "field" instruction, Jeff had them catching fish and laughing. It was a great experience and we'll all be back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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I never dreamed!,
September 21, 2014
By: jahunter
from North Fork Ranch, CO
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"I never dreamed I would learn enough in one day to be able to fly fish at all much less to catch a Rainbow trout!
Jeff was an excellent guide, teacher and encourager.
Wonderful FUN!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Great Place, great folks,
August 6, 2014
By: TEDean
from Colorado, USA
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"I have been a guest of Northfork three times. Each time the staff was professional, helpful, friendly. The atmosphere is first in class. Highly recommended."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Best fishing trip ever,
July 28, 2014
By: DOCFEN
from Old Hickory,TN
"We just returned from the greatest fishing trip ever. My good friend who had never Fly fished and I had two great days of nymphing at two different locations. Jeff Poole is the best guide I have ever had in 15 years of fishing. Frankie caught an 8 pound 27 inch trout for his 2nd ever Rainbow. I caught 3 fish over 6 pounds and around 24 inches. Cannot say enough about this place. We had our wives with us and they now want to go back and try their luck at fishing also. Karen and staff were extra kind to them and they enjoyed their stay as much as the men did. Excellent and very unique place."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Doesn't get any better!,
July 9, 2014
By: Donahue45
from La Verne, CA, USA
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"Jeff provided a trip of a lifetime! My son and I have been fly fishing for over 20 years & My son kept telling me about The North Fork but I was not ready for the experience that Jeff provided. The owners were so hospitable and provided great food as well. North Fork is TOP NOTCH."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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A CLASS ACT...not to mention A TON OF FUN!!,
July 8, 2014
By: DLA2600
from Sedona, AZ
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"Just returned from five days at NFR. This is WORLD CLASS trout fishing at your doorstep. We had four in our group - everyone from a very experienced fly fisherman, to me...my first day in waders! We all had a terrific time, caught a LOT of big fish and couldn't have been more pleased with Monroe as our guide.
Book it today....you will not be disappointed!
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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As good as it gets,
July 6, 2014
By: EmilyJ
from Denver
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"We fished for two days over the 4th of July weekend and can't possibly say enough great things about the North Fork Ranch Guide service (Monroe is the best!) and the Ranch. My husband is an experienced fly fisherman and I am a beginner and the fishing was absolutely excellent for both of us.
The ranch is wonderful with great service, great food and a casual, relaxed atmosphere.
You will not be disappointed!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Only the best day ever!,
June 30, 2014
By: Teek83
from Doylestown, PA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Jeff runs a great operation; low fishing pressure
"I made a return trip to North Fork Ranch having previously fished it in 2006. All I can say is WOW! The fishing was phenomenal - our guide Matt was a great instructor for my son and put us both on fish early and often. The stream produced the largest trout of my 52 years and the pond produced fun fishing for my whole family. But even better! - the stay at the lodge was the best vacation my family (4 children 15-20) has ever taken! Food, fun activities and genuine hospitality made for great memories!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Simply incredible,
June 9, 2014
By: MtnAndy57
from Evergreen, CO 80439, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Six stars!
"I took my brother who was visiting from Australia. The location is spectacular. The river was running high but that didn't impact the fishing. Our guide, Monroe, lead us to the fish and we "slayed 'em". What a day. We fished the full day and enjoyed lunch. This is truly one of those "bucket list" fishing locations."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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New Lady Angler,
May 26, 2014
By: VickiC
from Castle Rock, CO, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Such expert and happy people! Very courteous and professional and FUN!!!!
"I have never fished in my life and visited the North Fork Ranch with some girlfriends to fly fish for the first time. Have to admit I was skeptical and thought it would be a one-time experience for me. Not so!! My fly fishing adventure could not have been more fun or surprising - even with a weekend of rain and hail! Best Colorado experience I've had in a long time! I'm hooked! (no pun intended) My experience with fly fishing with superb guides who ensured our fun and success, in addition to the excellent accommodations and treatment at the North Fork Ranch have opened a new chapter of my life. I have become a lady angler and will pursue a future with fly fishing. Can't recommend it highly enough! Great people and a great Colorado experience. Adds to the many reasons we live here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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North Fork Ranch,
May 21, 2014
By: Bob237
from Hudson Valley, NY
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"Lodge: Delicious home style cooking. Lux rustic cabins with working wood fireplaces. Convivial .
Fly Fishing Guide:Friendly. Knowledgable. Adapted to differing levels of experience seemlessly. Took NO gear. Was outfitted with high quality gear...waders, rods, etc.. No hassle. No extra cost."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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Excellent Experience,
May 9, 2014
By: JeffColburn
from Virginia
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Additional Thoughts:Matt was extremely knowledgeable. He was very attentive. He took the time to answer my questions and teach me new techniques. He new the river very well and was committed to making sure I had a great experience. I would highly recommend him to others.
"Had an excellent experience at the Northfork Ranch. Great people dedicated to providing and excellent experience to their guests. The fishing was great, food was very good and the lodging was very nice. Enjoyed the cabin and the ranch grounds.
Dean, Karen and the rest of the staff were terrific.
Jeff Poole went out of his way to talk with me and make sure I was enjoying my stay and was happy with the fishing experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for North Fork Ranch, CO
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A Dream Spot in the Rockies,
January 5, 2014
By: TheSportsAnnouncer
from Kansas
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Additional Thoughts:This is a piece of heaven on earth.
"My wife and I visited North Fork, twice this past year. It was abundantly clear from the first time we set foot on the ranch that Dean and Karen work so hard to create and peaceful yet exciting ranch experience, second to none. They succeeded. The accommodations are elegant, yet rustic. The fishing...Wow...the best! The food and service...wonderful is an understatement. This a a dream spot in the Rockies. Thank you! We'll be back soon.
Meg and A. L. Haizlip, The Sports Announcer"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes