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

Ranch Creek is loaded with trout! I got here around 8AM, had spent the night in Fraser after fishing C43. Took me a while to find everything as the parking is not well marked. Started at the lower end by the beaver ponds and fished up. Bright sunshine all day, and the fish were skittish. Stealth fishing was the order of the day. I caught plenty of small trout and one 16" brown and one 12" Brookie. A #18 olive beadhead under a #14 elk hair caddis did most of the damage. I spooked a couple of very large fish at the lower end. I fished until around 1:30 and did not cover half of the water. Lots of cut banks, riffles and a few big pools. I really liked this water and will be back - hopefully on a cloudy day. Before I left I fished the larger pond for 45 minutes. I lost one monster rainbow and caught a small (for this pond) one - 17" on a small beadhead leech. I left my streamer box at home, a critical error. P.S. The scenery here is incredible! ~ Bob Hesse -- August 28th, 2015

As expected, nothing but small fish today. I started at the Fraser river. Very fishy-looking but no takers despite trying a wide variety of flies. At the downstream end of Ranch Creek, I caught a few browns on a Royal Coachman, a P. Adams and an egg. At the large pond, fish were sipping but not taking my flies. Then I discovered that these fish wanted flies with movement. Once I gave them some action, the fish would react and strike - but only once. Very predictable. I caught some browns on dries but nothing over 5 or 6 inches. The creek above the pond seemed faster and deeper than lower downstream, somehow, and I switched to two #18 BH Baetis (black and brown dun). That was the hot ticket! I caught a number of browns and, in a fast riffle, landed a beautiful brookie about 9" - the big fish of the day. I'm going to bring my young nephew here as it is very wade-able and open and the fish won't be too much for him to handle. Larry G. ~ Larry G. -- August 12th, 2015

Fished the upper end of the lease under ideal conditions with grey skies everywhere all day, with only insignificant rain, and a comfortable 65-70 degrees temp range with occasional soft breezes in the p.m.. Royal Wulff size 12 trailing a size 16 yellow foam Puterbaugh caddis after experimenting with an occasional chartreuse copper john were the top flies of the day, catching 14 trout--rainbow, brown, and a brook. There were that and more total strikes I missed and some of the small trout are not counted. Two others fished on the low end of the creek but I don't know what worked for them. I had a great time and hope to go back before the deep freeze. ~ Gene -- August 10th, 2015

Fished from 8-12, 2-5. Fished with my son. Both times we walked in to the middle section and the downstream section. Upstream had lower water. Used the standard hopper/dropper and had success with many sinks but some decent fish(10-12") from the undercut banks. Fish were plentiful and many were very spooky in the slow water and beaver pond. Enjoyable way to teach a youngster how to manage line and make short casts on a small stream. Very little in the way of bugs on the water but the rocks show plenty of insect life. My tip is to go where its hard to get to and fish it upstream. Lastly, the ponds were clear but look to be holding small fish. I wonder if the ponds have seen a stocked fish in awhile? No matter, the property offers plenty for those that enjoy working a lot of water and soaking in the solitude. Thumbs up. ~ Bonefishbill -- August 5th, 2015

Fished from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The previous nights rain bumped the Fraser River up over 100 cfs from the day before. Ranch creek only jumped 2 cfs and was clear. For the first couple of hours there were no bugs to speak of, but about 10 a.m. we started seeing PMDs and a few brown drakes. The fish keyed on the PMDs. We caught fish mostly on s16 parachute PMD and parachute adams. A few on s20 fbpt, san juan worms, and wooly buggers, but over half of the fish were on top. Most fish were in the 12" to 14" range, however we did have a 20", 19", and an 18" fish. The bigger fish were rainbows, most of the smaller fish were browns, with one brookie. We saw a lot of big fish, but for the most part they were very spooky. The key was covering ground. We'd catch 3 or 4 fish in one spot and go an hour without a bite. Beware, black flies are awful. ~ Vic Walker -- July 16th, 2014

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