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

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

Two of us fished A-8 on Saturday. Flows dropped to 165 cfs, water was slightly stained. This is a pretty good flow to fish this creek. It's tough to cross on the lower end, but there are many more holding areas for the fish. Lots of bugs, caddis, bwo's, yellow sallys, and even a few green drakes, and mosquitos lots of mosquitos. However, the fish didn't seem interested in looking up. Between the two of us we landed about 16 fish. Mostly rainbows from 12 to 18" and one pike. We lost probably as many as we caught because of very light takes. We caught fish on wooly buggers, red san juan and red copper john. The fishing was tougher than I expected given the conditions. The high flows have done a great job cleaning up the stream, and I expect that will pay big dividends in fishing in years to come. It's also nice to see the new fence improvements. I always thought that it was pretty easy for someone to hop the fence on the lower end. That's not the case anymore, and I think that the fishing down there has improved already. ~ Vic Walker -- July 1st, 2014

Water was high about 200 cfs but fairly clear. Morning was ncie but thunderstorms rolled in about noon and remained until 4 pm. Fishing spoty but got 11 nice bows (no browns) ranging from 11 to 16 inches. All but one fish caught on black Pat's Rubber Legs with one landed on San Juan Worm. No hatches of any kind noted but tried many different nymph rigs and even hopper dropper. Not sure fish population is up to par. Lower section very buggy and water turbulant. Take lots of bug spray. ~ Russ Laurier -- June 24th, 2014

Arrived at lease with a buddy around 9am - flows were 100 cfs and water was a bit off-color, which was fine as the weather was generally clear to partly cloudy. Saw a nice BWO hatch mid-morning, but no takers on the surface. Fished all types of nymphs ( copper johns, prince, hares ear, wet beetle, etc.) as well as several midge patterns and streamers in the deep pool, all with no luck. The only thing the trout were interested in was a pink worm, not red, or brown, which were tried, but pink. Caught a total of 10 fish between 2 guys, so was steady, not on fire. All healthy chubby rainbows, but for one brown, and all at least 11” – with 2 going at about 16” . Fish were not in riffles or next to the banks, but were spread out on calmer water with some structure. Rain pushed us out around 5pm – but a great day on the water. The water flow slowly increased throughout the day, which may have contributed to the lack of production. fredk ~ Fred Koch -- May 27th, 2014

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