Ranch Creek & Ponds C-45

Description: The Hurd Creek Ranch offers four good miles of fishing on Ranch Creek, and two trophy ponds with large, cultivated rainbows. Ranch Creek is fed by 3 smaller streams that join on the property and at 40 feet across, it has good volume with riffles, runs, and cutbanks. Accommodations include log cabins and a lodge with all the amenities.

Location: The ranch is located east of Hwy. 40 between Tabernash and Fraser, approximately 1 1/2 hours from Denver.

Capacity: Limited to 3 anglers.

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 (Ryan and I) arrived around 9am to light snow and rain. As the day progressed the amount of moisture continued to increase as did the winds. The flows were normal, little discolor in water. We started at the upper end of property and worked our way down to the ponds. Pretty quick we were into small 6”-8” brookies and 12” browns. Nice steps and pools with good runs. There was a small but constant hatch all day of BWO’s so could see many fish thru out the day rising for emergers, etc. Rigs were weight at leader/tippet, san juan worms (Pink/Red), hackled nymphs(Hairs Ear/Princes/etc.) and point fly typically 20/22 midges (black). Caught ~12 fish between us. Had lunch at the ponds, by now the winds were up pretty good. For the ponds we put on streamers, yellow and olive seemed to work best. Caught (5) 6” brookies, one 12” brookie, one nice 18”+ Rainbow. We had a brief respite from the winds and I immediately slapped on my stimmy and 22 black BWO… Casted the drys to the few risers and caught another 4 little brookies. With all the weather… Still beets working. ~ George Schmidt -- April 26th, 2015

Browns have built the spawn beds and are in spawning. Many small fish near the beds probably going after eggs or bed load. Good day many small Browns, but huge Browns in the spawn. ~ Bob schatz -- October 12th, 2014

Kinda tough day. About 8 fish in 5 hours before big temp drop and rain. Fished stream above and below ponds. About equal on hopper and a couple of copper johns. All Browns to 15" - 2 larger bows 16" on small WB. Stream off color from recent rains. There is lots of water here and great structure and holding areas . Great place to spend the day. ~ Billj -- September 29th, 2014

Starting to feel like fall in the mountains. The day started cold at 30 degrees, but warmed nicely to almost 70. Water temp was 48 when we arrived. Started catching fish right away on sub surface midge patterns and small bhpt on the creek. Bugs were coming off and we figured the day would only get better. Sometime around 11 am the wind picked up and the fishing died off. Didn't catch another fish on the creek after that. Saw many fish on the bottom or tucked under cut banks, but they weren't feeding. Something turned them off completely. At about 3 pm we hit the pond, not wanting to head home early. We were rewarded with a couple of nice rainbows in the 18" range. Other than that, we managed only 7 fish between the four of us on the creek. ~ Vic Walker -- September 15th, 2014

Beautiful day, took my adult children. Stayed on the stream at the ranch -- upstream half in the morning, downstream after lunch. There was someone not in our group fishing the pond (!!). Streamflow ideal. Son and I caught about 25 each, missed at least as many as we caught. Our other less experienced anglers each caught a few. Best action on Royal Wolfe, Parachute Adams and small nymphs -- #18 green Copper John, pheasant tail, hare's ear. Grasshoppers didn't generate much. Huge wind for about 45 minutes in the afternoon made casting impossible, but after that was lovely. Everything slowed down about 530. Beaver dams have moved around a bit since last time I was here. Most of the action was in the riffles. ~ Jeff Downing -- August 25th, 2014

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