News from the River

It didn't take to long for the Colorado to become unfishable, and while the Roaring Fork is off color, some of the best fishing is in 1 to 1 1/2 foot of visibility on float trips.  Beyond that, our guides are just moving up stream to cleaner and clearer water.  The Frying pan is running at 210 cfs and is very fishable, along with the Roaring Fork above Basalt.  Please read below about our still water fisheries.  We've been landing some trout over 15 pounds at the Bar ZX.

May 5th, I just deleted 3 months of fantastic fishing updates, I hope you will be there next year and follow me  the next month, and into next year.  It's pretty simple to share information, but no one does.  Maybe that's the reason I have been selected  multiply times the " local's favorite guide" . For now, with the cooler break in the weather, the rivers have been clear for the past two weeks, and the fishing has been and will be awesome, on the big rivers for the next week or two as run off approaches.  But if they get blown out, the fishing is so awesome at the Bar ZX and our exclusive  spring creeks.  Additionally, we are  the only pike and bass fishing guides on the fly in the valley and don't forget you should book your trip now.  For more daily updates follow me on Facebook.  Right now it has been all about Pat's rubber legged stoneflies, 2o incher, and any kind of a caddis emerger,  any kind of san juan worm, to an egg is also effective.  I'm getting monster reports from our trips to the Bar Zx.  4 to 20 pound trout that haven't seen a fly in 6 months. I will be  in Honduras for 3 weeks  with my adventure fly fishing group, but I have 4 guides that are all about covering my business.  Check out my guides.  If you like me,   Like my page harcourt fly fishing 3g.  Book your trip now, you'll be glad you did.  If you like my website, please share it.  Best wishes, and straight lines.

Float Trips

We highly recommend this trip. You can relax, while enjoying the scenery and cover about 4-7 miles of some of the west’s greatest fishing rivers.

Wade Trips

Our team of guides are ready to take you out for a memorable trip, which might include going to private ranches to where you could catch a fish of a life time.


while you can learn to fly fish on either the float or wade trip, this is more about learning the building blocks to enjoying the sport to the fullest.


Meet the Guides


Fly Fishing the Bar ZX Ranch is amazing right now!

May 16, 2017. Now is the time to book this trip, as it is crazy good. these monster trout haven’t […]

What a fun day with my guides on a new exclusive spring creek


I love to fish with my clients that have fished with me for many years, and yesterday was no exception. […]

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What our Happy Clients Have to Say!

Our family has shared some of our best fly fishing memories on the river or fishing Bar ZX with Dustin and John Harcourt! Thanks for creating great memories and fun times.

The Price Family loves Dustin Harcourt

I’ve fished all over the world with a lot of great guides on unforgettable trips. But in my book, nothing beats a day on the river with Dustin Harcourt. Dustin knows the fish and rivers of western Colorado like nobody else, and a day with him is always fun and invigorating. I enjoy getting my family and friends out for trips with Dustin because they invariably walk away with a deep appreciation for the magnificent fishery we have in this region, and how many big and willing trout there are to catch. You put that together with Dustin Harcourt’s personality, and one of his great stream-side meals, and you’ve got a perfect day. Get out there with him – you’ll be glad you did. Monte Moses, Senior Management Consultant, and former Superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District.

Monte Moses

There are many guides in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, but there is no one better in the RFV for your next fishing trip to this part of Colorado.

Hutch Hutchinson Western US mgr., The Orvis Company

Happy Anglers!