A-8 Tarryall Creek

By July 21, 2013

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

It was a miracle day, but not the way anyone would expect. I fished the lower section after spending an eternity searching for a dropped hearing aid in the weeds but finding nothing. Caught quite a few little ones. There were way more strikes than I caught. Finally settled down to about 8 browns and rainbows over 12". Water temp was 56 at 11 a.m. Little to no wind. Storm front predicted and moved in all day. Left about 5 p.m. It could be the last day of summer, that is, about 65 to 70 degrees f. The trout bit on Amy's Ant and Parachute Adams sizes 14 - 18. Looking forward to next week, a new place and new set of trout. Oh yes, the miracle. Later, at home, I turned my waders upside down and out fell my hearing aid. It made my day. Who says God doesn't look out for flyfishers. ~ Gene -- September 26th, 2017

My 2 buddies from Michigan and I drove over to A-8 from Fraser over Guanella and Kenosha passes, and the gorgeous drive put us in the mood to rip some lip! We parked at the upper parking area in view of the dam and spread out across the meadow to try our luck. The fish were pounding a hopper dropper rig early, focusing on the hopper. A beautiful 17" Brown eagerly took a renegade I had trailing behind a foam hopper and my day was made. The action slowed down in the early afternoon and a front moved through and hit us with some pretty hard rain. When the lightning danger subsided, I switched to a streamer with good success, and switched between streamers and hoppers for the rest of the afternoon. Green streamers were my most successful tool. One of the Michiganders is a long-time fly fisherman and he had excellent success all day using black streamers with a little flash. The other is more of a novice, and he managed to land several fish and plenty of action to whet his appetite for future expeditions. Both were struck by the amount of fishable water and the sheer number of trout inhabiting this gem of a fishery. A really nasty storm chased us off at about 6:00 PM, having caught about 30 fish between us with 6 of them being 15" or larger. We all left happy, but it sure would've been nice to stay and catch the evening rise... ~ Keith Campbell -- September 1st, 2017

Solid day on this stretch. We started on the lower stretch, the big pools and long runs were productive. We used deep nymph rigs in the pools, dark Pats and Beadhead Emergers worked best. Some of the big bends that looked super fishy weren't very productive, there were a couple classic hopper dropper runs that yielded only 1 or 2 fish. As usual, things slowed down around Noon so we moved to the middle of the top section. It was hopper time! Around each corner there were active feeding fish, I'd put a Chubby in the feed line and BAM! We did that all the way to the bridge, probably got another 10-12, Bows, Cutbows and Browns. I threw streamers in the spillway under the bridge and got a couple hard fighting Bows. Once again this stretched provided great views and satisfied customers! ~ Brad Rettig -- August 28th, 2017

Fun day on Tarryall Creek, we started fishing around 9:00 am. We only fished the upper portion. Bright and sunny, no wind and pretty warm, flows were at 40 cfs. Big morning hatch and lots of fish taking nymphs and small dries. It slowed down around 12:00 so we mainly nymphed with bhpts and did pretty well. Around 4:00 we finally got some cloud cover and started throwing hoppers. We caught 10 fish in 20 minutes all were 15" to 20". Most of them were caught in one big bend where they had podded up. ~ Brad Rettig -- August 21st, 2017

Fished the lower beat in the morning with mixed results. A dry and a dropper worked in the bottom run. In the slower water upstream, we managed several fish on #18 royal wulffs. That water is getting tough as water levels drop. Then, in the afternoon, we fished the upper beat, though below two other RMAC members. Fishing was excellent, primarily with #16 caddis patterns. ~ David Petersen -- August 10th, 2017

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