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

Fished A8 with Jim Mousseau for about 3 hours before we were "hailed" off the river and the temp dropped to 34 degrees. Water was very skinny but the fish were very active. Fish were extremely skittish in the slow water in the middle third and unless you wear your cloak of invisibility, hard to catch. Even casting a line upstream spooked them before it hit the water. Managed to catch a few in the deeper bend pools. Fishing was very good in the riffles in the upper third of the property. Fish weren't too selective with most on a 16 red copper john and beadhead midge or pheasant tail droppers. Didn't get down to the lower third. Caught about 10 fish each, all nice fish in the 12"-18" range, mix of bows, cutbows, and browns. ~ Ken Cohen -- May 8th, 2017

My MD (Alexander) and I arrived about 9am, on water at 9:30am. A clear and cool day w/brief gusts of wind. We fished the upper section for whole day. Flows were very low, lower than I’ve ever seen em’ on this property. Caught fish from first cast and many times we both had one on the line. Nymphed up to bridge, switched to streamers back down. Between the two of us, a 50+ fish day, three or four fish out of every whole. Caught them on foam back emergers, cadis pupa & pat’s rubber legs. A few on large attractors like Amy’s Ant’s, Stimulators and Cadis dry’s. The Streamer Black/Green and were very effective when we hit the same pools again. The fish were little Browns (6”-12”), and very nice Rainbows and Cutbows (14”-20”). We found lots of fish in water, many podding up in the deeper pools. Finished the day about 5pm. ~ George Schmidt -- April 16th, 2017

Blue skies, low flows (16cfs) and gin clear water made for a tough day on A-8. We managed to land a dozen fish between 3 fishermen, with about as many lost fish. The river is full of fish but they are so easily spooked or distracted by spawning that the real action is yet to come. In spite of all these challenges, we still landed a few nice trout, mostly on streamers, with several in the 18 to 20 inch category. The biggest surprise of the day was the fact that the lower section fished really poorly. Once the water level rises and adds a little more color, and the fish get out of spawning mode, this property will be excellent to fish. I suspect that to happen in the next month or so. ~ Fabrice -- April 15th, 2017

4/10 My buddy and I fished A-8, flows were around 20-25, extremely windy, gin clear water and sunny. The conditions were tough and the fish were really spooky, but the deeper pools held some fish. We caught 5-6 using purple midges, bead heads and streamers. Around 2:00 the wind died a little and there was a BWO hatch and the fish were feeding off the top. Towards the top of the property we saw a couple fish that looked like submarines, didn't fish to them because it looked like they were in spawning mode. Still love this property and look forward to returning when the flows are up. ~ Brad Rettig -- April 10th, 2017

I arrived at the property just after noon to cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50s. I first fished the upper section of the property. The early go was slow but things started to pick up as the afternoon got warmer. What worked against me was the fact that water level was low (~24cfs) and gin clear. The good news is that there is plenty of fish in the river, based on the ones I caught (about 10 on the afternoon), hooked and lost, or simply scared off. I also spotted two large pikes, one in excess of 30 inches...that was more concerning to me. Late afternoon I moved to the lower half of the property. There seemed to be fewer fish in the section or maybe they were less interested in my streamers. Overall though it was a good day on the river. Things are only going to get better as the weather continues to improve. ~ Fabrice -- March 30th, 2017

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