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 the upper meadow. Caught many on San Juan worms(12-14"). Switched to steamers, and that produced bigger fish - 1 was 21+ inches and fat. Wish I could have gotten a picture, but I was fishing alone. Many smaller trout were rising, so dry fly guys should have a great time. HOWEVER: Make sure you slather yourself with insect repellent! Maybe even wear a bug net! I've lived in Colorado my entire life, and fished pretty much every corner of the State, and I have never experienced insects like this, and mosquitoes are far from the only villain.. I caught many quality fish, but after 6hrs, the insects won. All in All... Good time! -Rod M. ~ Rod M. -- July 27th, 2015

Started slow until I found the right flies. Nothing on top. Small purple beatis and barr's emerger netted 15 or so all rainbows. Streamers (olive and white) were very effective. Fished the upper section all day. Mosquitos are much less prevalent than 3 weeks ago. Flows at 100. ~ Mike Narkewicz -- July 25th, 2015

This is one of my favorite spots for the scenery, the wade-able stream and the variety of fishing opportunities, not to mention the great fights. It didn't start out that way though. Despite massive bug activity, the lower section showed no sign of fish except one or two sippers. Nothing worked, not even a courtesy bump. After two hours I left for the upper section and found things to be very different. There, fish went for a Higa's SOS, a golden stone and a small Aero Baetis. The quick takes and great fights left the lower section a faint memory. I waded where the willows were thick and was rewarded with some deep runs and fish that probably never saw a fly before. Even in skinny water, where no fish were visible, I found smaller bows (6 to 9 inches) that ate baetis and eggs. By 2:30 I was hungry and thirsty and, with the wind coming up, decided to call it a day. In all, about 10 fish landed and another 5 or 6 hooked up and, usually, brought to the net before shaking off. ~ Larry G. -- July 23rd, 2015

Fished from 7:30-1 PM when thunderstorms rolled in. Fished the upper meadow and had a great day. 19 fish, 5 of about 20", all but one were rainbows. Most caught on pink or red San Juan worm, some on hares ear and midges. Streamer success with green slump buster. The mosquitos are very thick as the meadow has a large amount of standing water. Flow was 230. ~ Mike Narkewicz -- July 15th, 2015

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

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