Tarryall Creek A-8

Description: An outstanding 4-mile section beginning just below the outlet of Tarryall Reservoir. The property offers rocky pocket water to a winding meadow stream. Throughout are browns and rainbows in the 10 to 14 inch size, and some even larger. A good dryfly stream with intense summer hatches and consistent clear flows.

Location: The ranch is located along County Road 77, 18 miles southeast of Hwy. 285 at Jefferson and 22 miles northwest of the CR 77 juncture with Hwy. 24.

Capacity: Limited to 3 anglers, or 2 groups of 2 each.

To make a reservation call 303-421-6239 or 1-800-524-1814.

Rate Notes:

Adult 1/2 Day
Adult Aftn.
Youth 1/2 Day
Youth Aftn.

Property Log Book Comments

We had a great day fishing A-8. The weather was perfect and the fish cooperated. Caught a few 12" rainbows on emergers in the deep water. As the day went on numerous fish were rising and eager to take dry flies with an emerger dropper. Caught a few over 16" which is great for this little stream. The river was crystal clear and starting to get warm when we left in the afternoon. All in all a great day, we'll be back. ~ T -- August 18th, 2014

Had one of my best days ever fishing here on Tarryall. Fished the lower downstream stretch with other members at upstream beat. Flows were perfect in my opinion for this property at 65 cfs. Fished from 11 AM - 4 PM and stopped counting after 15 in the net, lost a bunch more. They were hammering a s18 flashback bh pheasant tail all day. Caught a few on s16 green copper john as well. 2 browns, rest were healthy rainbows all in 9-17 inch range. Flipped over a bunch of rocks and some submerged branches, lots of caddis casings and some mayfly nymphs, saw a few periodic caddis and PMD's I think flying around throughout the day but no risers. Caught everything nymphing. Have always fished the upstream meadow stretch in last few years, was a pleasant surprise fishing downstream. More structure for fish and shelter from wind but you have to bushwhack more thru willows and such. - MW ~ MikeW -- August 18th, 2014

A8 is a old favorite that usually produces a lot of fish for us. Today that was not the case. Lots of rain, cool temperatures off color water made us work hard for any fish. No hoppers were about, and usually streamers are the " go to" on days like this but darned if they didn't get any attention. Got 4 on short lived AM hatch with parachute adams. Got 3 more by bouncing the bottom with flash back PTs. Saw a couple of risers slurping just below the surface and tried 6 different midge and small mayfly emergers but couldn't fool 'em. Next time will hopefully be another 20 to 30 fish day that is what we've usually experienced in years past. ~ Nelson -- August 7th, 2014

Enjoyed an excellent day at this beautiful property. My fishing buddy and I each landed about 15 fish between 12 and 18 inches, and plenty more got away. I fished the meadow starting at the lower access gate and working upstream. The morning started a bit slow for me until I switched from a dry/dropper rig to a nymph rig and started getting hits on a red squirrel soft hackle pattern about size 16. After catching several fish I noticed a fin or two along the banks and tried the same nymph trailing a stimulator with no weight and caught a couple on top. Action was pretty steady all afternoon, and I started drifting a brown wooly bugger (#10 or 12) through the slow, deep bends and stripping it back at various intervals. Got a lot of action that way, including a couple of meaty 18 inchers. Lots of healthy fish, beautiful stream and scenery, can't beat it. We both agreed we'd be back for more. ~ Keith Campbell -- July 27th, 2014

Fished from 8:30 to 1:30 when large thunderstorms rolled in. I fished the lower section before noon and upper after. Landed about 20 fish all rainbows, one cutthroat. 8 fish were between 16 and 20 inches. AM I was successful nymphing with black small pat's rubber legs, soft hackle pheasant tails mercury midges and blue poison midges. PM i was successful with small hopper on top. Beautiful property. The sign at the upper parking lot. Is whited out, but obvious. The lower parking area has moved due to road improvements and the steps over the fence are now about 25 yds down from the parking and not obvious when you park. I appreciated the advice about the mosquitos on the lower section. They are indeed very thick. I had to apply deet every 45 minutes or so. DO NOT venture to the river. There without bug spray. ~ Mike Narkewicz -- July 13th, 2014

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