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Private Trout Lake

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Enjoy a day at our Private Trout Lake nestled in the spectacular Pando Valley at Camp Hale just a short drive from Vail. Our lake has Rainbow trout of all sizes. If you are lucky, you can get the “Colorado Grand Slam” of 4 trout species: Rainbow, Brown, Brook, and Cutthroat in the Camp Hale basin. Nova Guides lake is fed by Watson Creek and natural springs. We always have water to fish when area rivers are blown out, to warm or too high to fish.  We require our guides to be used on our private water, and they will have all the gear you need.

Our lake is Catch & Release only.  Fly Fishing only.

Dry flies, nymphing, and streamer fishing all produce fish from our waters. We require single pinched or barbless hooks, no bait is allowed, and all trout are catch and release. If the weather turns inclement or you get hungry, you may enjoy lunch and refreshments at McAllister’s Grill in our Lodge at Camp Hale.

Want to learn to play fish better? Interested in learning specialty casts like double haul or spey? Love to fish Drys? Our Private water is the perfect place to perfect techniques in a relaxed, private environment that is loaded with trophy fish.

Private waters are only available with our fly fishing guides.

Our guides will supply the rods, tackle, and gear!

Nova Guides Professional Fly Fishing Guides are available to book for beginner or novice anglers.  A guided tour includes all necessary equipment, fishing rods, flies, waders, and transportation.  Guided guests have primary access to private water. We do not rent gear.

Morning Half Day Wade Fishing Trip with Lunch: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM BOOK NOW
  • Times may vary based on conditions
  • $300/1 Guest
  • $390/2 Guests
  • $450/3 Guests


Afternoon Half Day Wade Fishing Trip with Snack: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM BOOK NOW
  • Times may vary based on conditions
  • $275/1 Guest
  • $350/2 Guests
  • $425/3 Guests


Full Day Wade Fishing Trip with Lunch: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM BOOK NOW
  • Times may vary based on conditions
  • $400/1 Guest
  • $500/2 Guests
  • $575/3 Guests

First fly is on us, after that we charge $3 per fly lost by a guest.

Call the Lodge to see how conditions are 719-486-2656.

Lunch at McAllister’s Grill is open all summer.  Our menu is ever-changing, so stop in and try our famous Camp Hale Burger, or get a taste of Colorado with the Bunker Buffalo Burger.  A few of our staple items include the Pando Chicken Sandwich, the Eagle River Rueben, and the Battle Mountain BLT.

Enjoy lunch while watching the scenic mountains, wild birds, beavers, and Aspen trees from the comfort of our Lodge at Camp Hale.


"This truly was a spectacular experience for all the senses that I will never forget. It was complimented by the stunningly gorgeous day and of course being surrounded by the majestic Rockies themselves.  The lunch afterwards was especially satisfying and delicious. What a perfectly executed, well organized operation, and a most memorable day for all.”    – Sarah T.