Drove up from Denver and hit the water around 9am. We fished the middle and lower section for the first half of the day. Way more runs and deep pools on bottom half of the property. Put 1 rainbow 18in in the net on a size 20 black foam back rs2. Had some lunch in town then came back and hit the middle to top sections of the property. Another nice 16in rainbow on a big black Sex Dungeon followed by 16 in rainbow on a red san juan worm. Had 2 other nice fish on but popped off before I could get them in the net.
Great property, I will definitely be back! ~ Andy Norwood
Beautiful fall day on the Ark, 65 degrees, cloudless skies, low clear water. Uh oh, not the recipe for a 40 fish day. That being said, the fish could be coaxed up. Nothing on the top and most of the fish in the riffles. Good mix of rainbows and browns taking hares ears, #20 red zebra midge, and RS2's. Couldn't get a hit on a streamer. Fish were scattered throughout the property. About a 10 fish day and well worth it for the views and weather. ~ Ken
Beautiful weather day. Sunny and clear. Great meadow fishing with easy access. Creek is low, water is clear and the fish are spooky.
Tough day of fishing but we caught a few 10-12 inch browns.
I would wait until next spring to return. ~ Billy
Another great fall day at Ranch Creek! Second visit this season. Things started a little slow in the morning (35 degrees when we started), but once the temp went up, both myself and my brother had very productive days. Streamflow was reported at 24 qfs, and was quite clear. Did not cover much of the water -- really just from the cliffs to the upstream boundary. The 2 set-ups that worked best were a dry/dropper and a streamer. Parachute Adams, PMX, some other #16 dry I don't know the name of on top; #16 purple Prince on the bottom was great. I fished the beaver pond at the upstream border with a tan Scudzilla streamer, and caught at least a dozen there alone. My brother caught about 20 in just one stretch between the cliffs and parking area. In contrast to our last visit in July, most of what we landed were Rainbows, with a couple Brookies each, and a couple Browns. Also bigger -- most of what I landed on the streamer were rainbows 10-12+ inches, with a fat 17 inch and a 16 inch. My brother landed several fat RB's with hooked jaws. Mighty windy mid-afternoon, but did not interfere with very active fishing. Lovely day. ~ Jeff D
Brought a new fly fisherman to this property on a cool fall day. 29 degrees when we arrived but warmed up to the upper 50's on a sunny day. I fished a dry dropper/dropper rig. All my fish were caught on the lower dropper which was a purple Prince nymph. My friend nymphed fish with the trailing fly being a BHPT. We landed around 15 Rainbows and had a very fun day. The water is low at 98 CFS. ~ Ken B
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