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Almont, Colorado

(970) 641-1740

Gold Medal Quality Fishing On The Taylor River

At an altitude of 8,412 feet and surrounded by 1.6 million acres of the Gunnison National Forest, Harmel’s has private rivers, beaver ponds, and a stocked kids pond to chose from. We catch big fish: rainbows, browns, cutthroat, and brookies right out your cabin door. Our helpful guides are equipped to satisfy your every fishing need, and would be happy to answer any questions you have about our private stretch or the local public waters. 

Our fee to fish per person is $125/day for folks not staying on the ranch or free if you are a guest staying at Harmels. Come enjoy our beautiful scenery and the wiley trout; stay to enjoy our comfortable accommodations, great food and friendly staff.


We have an onsite fly and tackle shop along with casting lessons and a guided fishing service. You will need a Colorado State fishing license to fish our waters. While we do not sell Colorado State fishing licenses at Harmels we can guide you through the process of getting your license online. To obtain your license online click here

Area attractions: Gunnison, Taylor, Spring Creek & East Rivers, Taylor Reservoir, Spring Creek Reservoir, Blue Mesa Reservoir, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison with Morrow Point and Crystal Reservoirs.

  • Fly and Tackle Shop
  • Hot Flies Board
  • Casting Lessons
  • Guide Service
  • Rod, Wader, and Boot Rentals
  • Friendly and Helpful Staff

Practicing Catch & Release

Returning fish alive is not as simple as it sounds. There are ways of handling fish that can kill them. Follow these steps to insure the best chance of survival for the fish.

Rules pertaining to Harmels private stretch of river: fish MUST be released alive (all river and stream fishing) immediately in the same water where they were caught.

  • Please put them back ALIVE!
  • Do not “play” the fish to exhaustion.
  • Keep fish in the water as much as possible when handling and removing the hook.
  • Make sure to wet your hands before handling the fish. Dry hands can take off the slime coat – this coat prevents the fish from contracting infectious diseases.
  • Remove the hook gently, don’t squeeze the fish or place your fingers in the fish’s gills. Handling trout is a bit different than handling large mouth bass!
  • If deeply hooked, cut the line, do not remove by pulling out.
  • Release the fish only after its equilibrium is recovered. If necessary, gently hold the fish facing upstream and slowly move it back and forth.
  • Release the fish in quiet water.
  • If you are fishing in catch and release waters, strongly consider crimping the barbs on the hook or you can buy barbless hooks.