Membership Information - Park Rates & Guidelines

Welcome to Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout Inc, Colorado’s oldest Trout Hatchery. We are a Limited Membership Club, providing a private setting for your enjoyment. This 101-acre facility includes the BIG COLD SPRING which runs through our raceways where you can see trout being raised year-round. You’ll find 9 stocked lakes and 1-mile of stream all with tournament-quality fishing, numerous improvements including new picnic pavilions, picnic sites, and the tranquility of your own beautiful valley, away from the crowds. Park is open 7 days a week April 1 to November 30, 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM. With your membership you receive an individual access card which grants access through the automated front security gate. Only paid members and guests, view guidelines below for details.

2017 Annual Rates

No Memberships Currently Available

Membership Executive
Annual Price $2200

Corporate Events - Contact for pricing

Executive- Shared Access, up to 2 named Primary Members. Members share 1 Front Gate Access Card. One Primary Member must be present with the Membership card. Any combination of Primary Members plus Guests admitted, limit 8 total people per day. Executive Guest Policy- Fishing- 2 guests covered per day, no extra fee. Additional guests must pay a $60 Rod Fee each. Non Fishing Guests- No additional fee. Groups larger than 8 persons are considered as Special Event…call for pricing and appointment.

Rod Fee Passes - Member's Guests desiring to fish must purchase a one-day Rod Fee Pass, cost of $60 each. Rod Fee passes are available at the information stand immediately through front security gate, credit cards accepted. Rod Fee holders must complete a 1-day pass and liability release, enter payment, and keep fishing pass with them while in Park. Members are responsible for guests (including payment verification) and their adherence to Park Rules at all times. Children 14 and under are free. There is no discount for partial days.

Guest Policy - Any members may bring non-fishing Guests into the Park, at no additional cost. Groups over 15 at any one time require reservation. Members are responsible for Guests and their adherence to Park Rules at all times.

Guide Services

Clients One Two Three Four Five Six
One Time Fee $395 $465 $575 $930 $1040 $1150

No Membership required, Call 719-687-8690 to book date. $100 non-refundable deposit due at booking. RFMT will place you with a guide. Trip includes Guide services, lunch, and equipment if necessary.

Our Professional, Orvis Endorsed Guides

David Caraghar

David Caraghar is an Orvis endorsed guide through Angler's Covey in Colorado Springs, CO and one of the resident guides for Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout. As his last name implies, he is of Irish decent and fly fishing is in his DNA. He learned to fly fish on the South Platte River system and considers it to be his home water. He loves the seasonal chase for big fish: Browns in the fall and Rainbows in the spring. He has been a fly tyer for many years and produces most of the flies that he uses. In addition to the standard patterns he has a few "special flies" that he saves for those difficult days. David enjoys sharing the sport with "first timers" and watching them light up when they hook up their first fish. He is a member of Trout Unlimited and the Pikes Peak Fly Fishers. He is a proud volunteer for Project Healing Waters. He has been guiding at RFMT for more than two years. For more information regarding David or to personally contact him please email at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Dave Herber

Dave, an Orvis endorsed guide, started his wild trout fishing in British Columbia, Canada in the 1960's. For the last 20 years he has spent much of his time learning the rivers and streams in Colorado Spring's great "back yard". His passion is casting dry flies, with the focus on presentation, and sharing that zeal with those wishing to learn the techniques. Over the last several years his fly tying has concentrated on developing effective dry fly patterns that are more visible to the angler. Dave delights in sharing with the angler the excitement of the pursuit and the wonders of nature in trout waters. He has been guiding at RFMT for close to three years and enjoys producing much of our media work i.e. pictures of events, members, guided trips etc. To see more of his work please visit the Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout Facebook page at

Robert Younghanz

Robert Younghanz, a.k.a The Bug Guy, is an internationally known Fly Fishing Guide and instructor. Robert has been involved in the Fly Fishing industry for close to 20 years. Having traveled to over 60 countries, he is an accomplished angler, teacher and guide for fresh, salt, tropical and warm water species. His passion and expertise in the field of Aquatic Entomology has enabled him to travel the world collecting Insects, as well as studying, researching, curating and teaching at Colorado State University, and Front Range Community College. In addition, Robert is a published researcher and has described several new species of aquatic insects from Colorado and Oklahoma. Robert has been a guest lecturer across the Western United States on the topic of Aquatic Entomology. As a contributing writer to Field and Stream’s “Fly Talk” with “The Bug Guy” Robert offers helpful advice on entomology and fly selection to fly fishers all over the globe. Also look for Robert’s regular article: Hatch Happening: With The Bug Guy featured in Trout Magazine in every issue. Robert is a featured presenter at the International Sportsman’s Expo in Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, Sacramento, CA, a Simms Ambassador and Orvis Endorsed Guide and has conducted entomology classes for both Simms and Orvis guides at their national gatherings, as well as for Trout Unlimited and other local organizations in the Rocky Mountain West. Robert teaches monthly lecture and streamside classes at The Angler’s Covey Fly Shop in Colorado Springs. Look for Robert on WFN (The World Fishing Network), The Fishful Thinker fishing show with Chad Lachance, on Altitude Sports, on ESPN Radio and on-line where he discusses insects, and fly selection for North America. You can always find Robert Guiding and fly fishing on Southern Colorado numerous rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Be sure and check out Robert’s nationally best selling 2 set DVD: The Bug Guy: Entomology For The Flyfisher. For more information about Robert check out his websites:

All of our Guides are well versed with Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout waters and have excellent knowledge in where to land our trophy trout. They are all excellent Guides and experienced Anglers.

How to Handle Trophy Trout

Retrieve Trout Quickly - Use size 3x or larger tippet. Bring trout in a quickly as possible, do not overplay the fish. Large Trophy Trout can be played to exhaustion resulting in loss of the fish.

Keep Trout IN the Water - Keep trout in the water as much as possible. Netting and fly removal in the water is the preferred method. If Trout is removed from the water for pictures etc, a good rule to follow is- Hold your breath when the fish is out of water. When you need air, so does the trout. If for any reason additional time is required, keep trout netted in the water and uprigjht.

Proper Release - If Trout is netted, Do NOT simply roll out of net. Hold net so that trout is upright and breathing. When it struggles to get out of net, then release. When net release is not practical, hold trout by the tail, upright, and (A) Still Water: gently move forward and back, with back motion very slow, not forcing water backwards through gills. (B) Moving Water: Hold trout with nose upstream, use gentle side-to-side motion, allow current to revive the fish. Wait until fish struggles to swim on it's own to release.

Take your Time - Be prepared to take 5-15 minutes to properly release a Trophy Trout. The larger the fish and/or longer the retrieve, the more time necessary to properly release. Warmer water temps dramatically increase the release time.

Follow - Up - Observe Trout after release. If trout is still sluggish, or begins to roll to one side, retrieve again with net or hand and spend additional time for a proper release.

Park Rules & Guidelines

Access - Holder of this membership is granted access beginning April 1 and ending Nov 30. Park hours are 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Entrants - Membership grants access for specific persons listed on this application, and guests with paid 1-day pass. Guests must be accompanied at all times by registered member.

Accountability - All entrants and guests will present both membership card and/or personal PHOTO I.D. upon request. Member agrees to never “loan” access card. Membership is non-transferable to any other party.

Fishing - All Lakes and Streams are required catch and release ONLY. All Lakes and Streams are fly's or lures, single barb-less hooks ONLY. No baits allowed of any kind (includes all power baits, worms and salmon eggs). Float tubes permitted on lakes, no boats. No swimming permitted at any time.

Pets - Pets will be on leash at all times. Owner agrees to absolute responsibility and liability for all actions of pet.

Alcohol - In the interest of maintaining a family environment, this is a no-alcohol park. Member understands that any persons having public display of alcohol use or intoxication will be asked to leave. Repeat or vagrant offense will result in terminated membership.

Firearms - Firearms of any kind are strictly prohibited in the park.

Community - Member agrees to be courteous to other members, respect shelter reservations, deposit trash in provided receptacles, and respect all park property and personnel.

Rules Violation - If at any time Park Management deems a member to be in violation of Park Rules, Member will leave the premises, and card access code will be deleted from entry system.