Wine On the Fly Reader / Writer Event

Rocky Mountain fly-fishing meets wine-tasting

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

The High Lonesome and K-bar-T Ranches will host a unique event July 14 to 18 for three-days of prime-time fly-fishing and wine tasting. Fish and socialize with some of the best-known editors and writers in fly-fishing, as well as some of the premier vintners from the Napa and Sonoma valleys. John Gierach, best-selling author and Fly Rod & Reel columnist and magazine staff will welcome guests.

From sight-fishing on the ranch spring-fed ponds to a drift boat on either the Colorado or Roaring Fork rivers, to a walk and wade on the K-T’s White River and sight-fishing on one of the K-T’s three spring creeks, it’s a guarantee that guests will be over-fished. The cost of the trip is $3200/single occupancy and includes: lodging, meals, wade guides, drift boats and guides, gourmet meals, evening wine presentations, gratuities and more. Each participant will also receive a complimentary 9 foot, 5-weight Winston B-II MX rod, with each participant’s name inscribed n the blank, courtesy of Wine on the Fly. Reservations are limited to 25 participants on a first come/first serve basis. Visit

Schug Carneros Estate Winery

Proprietor Axel Schug is a frequent visitor to Rocky Mountain waters and crafts some of the finest wines in California. Like the reputation of a great river, his father Walter Schug carved his name into California winemaking legend as founding winemaster of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Together in 1990, father and son built their own Estate in the Carneros region of Sonoma Valley, where they produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet and Merlot. Visit them at

Lamborn Family Vineyards
The very first "Family Vineyard" label in California, the Lamborns have been grape farming and producing elegant wines from Napa Valley's prestigious Howell Mountain for over three generations. Located 2,200 feet above sea level, the Mountain's volcanic soil and distinct mezzo climate provides their small eight acre vineyard with uniquely ideal growing conditions. Lamborn is producing Cabernets and Zinfandels of the highest quality and intensity, all handcrafted by "Celebrity Winemaker" Heidi Barrett. A "family business" in every sense of the term, the Lamborn Family does all of the farming, production, and distribution themselves. Wine on the Fly is flattered to have Mike Lamborn pouring these highly sought after wines: 2005 Lamborn Vintage III Cabernet, 2006 Lamborn Vintage IV Cabernet, and 2007 Lamborn "YeeHaw" Vintage Zinfandel. We invite you to visit Lamborn Family Vineyards.

StoneFly Vineyards
Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wines, StoneFly produces extraordinary wines from premier Napa & Russian River Valley appellations. StoneFly’s winemakers Zach Long and Marco DiGiulio craft an exquisite selection of wines. Building on this tradition of outstanding wine quality, StoneFly Vineyards then strives to truly serve the fly fishing and sporting lifestyle in truly unprecedented ways. In partnership with The Orvis Company, StoneFly devotes 5% of their annual earnings to cold water fisheries protection. StoneFly is also the exclusive wine partner of the Federation of Fly Fishers, contributing tremendous time and resources to fly fishing clubs throughout the country to ensure that these small, grassroots organizations can continue their important work to keep the sport and art of fly fishing thriving for generations to come. Wine on the Fly is very proud to have StoneFly's CFFO (Chief Fly Fishing Officer) Nick Papadopoulos pouring: 2005 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Cabernet Franc and their Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Visit StoneFly Vineyards.

(While the above wineries have all committed to attend Wine On the Fly, wineries are subject to change and guests will be notified immediately should that happen. The wineries also reserve the right to change varietal and vintage without notice )

The High Lonesome Ranch sits in a fertile valley on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. With over 300 square miles of deeded and permitted access, the ranch is a quick 30-minute drive from Grand Junction’s Walker Field Airport. Surrounded by thousands of acres of pine foress, grassy plateaus, and rocky promontories, the Ranch is strewn with spring creek ponds, home to brookies, browns, and rainbows. Beautiful Rocky Mountain cabins are located throughout the Ranch, each a well-appointed haven of respite where you can spread out and relax after a day on the water. On 200 miles of stunning mountains and canyons, punctuated by pristine waters, the High Lonesome is in a class by itself. Enjoy the rugged and wild outdoors in your own luxurious and secluded section of the majestic Rockies.

The contemporary log cabins and houses throughout the property are not only beautiful and inviting, they are a true home away from home. You'll also find flat screen satellite television, DVD player, WiFi, and a pool table. A wide open deck in this exquisite setting is the ideal spot to wind down from the day and catch the true meaning of purple mountains' majesty at sunset. The High Lonesome Ranch is the perfect location to relax with old friends, meet new ones, and exchange tales from the river; all of this over impeccably prepared meals, unforgettable wines and the unforgettable people behind them.