C-45 Ranch Creek & Ponds

By July 21, 2013

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

On July 21, 2017, before the massive cloud burst at 3 p.m. with striking lightning, the two of us caught about 17+ mostly browns in the 10-13" range starting at the far portion of the creek all the way down the hill from the ponds and parking lot. Saw no large trout. Water tea colored. We could see the bottom down 3-4 feet but the water had a brown cast to it. The plan was to fish this middle section first and work our way up to the upper section. Top water was the preferred fly of the day starting with Amy's Aunt, then parachute Adams, then various other bugs but no hoppers. The trout stopped striking anything at about 2 p.m. There was no major hatch in our area. ~ Gene -- July 23rd, 2017

Fished from about 930 to 6 with my brother and son. Probably our most productive day out of several visits to this wonderful property. Fish here are not at all selective. First hour for me was a little hit and miss while I dinked around with several fly combinations. Pretty much everything resulted in takes, including Stimulator, Royal Wulff, red Copper John, BH Hairs Ear, even an olive Woolly Bugger. About 1030 a hatch of small mayflies started and I switched to a #16 Parachute Adams. Next couple hours was quite active. My son stayed with nymphs all morning and reported one stretch where he caught fish on 5 consecutive casts; BH Pheasant Tail and red Copper John. My brother had most success on an orange Stimulator and Royal Wulff. In the afternoon I fished with nymphs the entire time with steady action. My brother had great success in the afternoon with Parachute Adams, and my son stuck with nymphs. I fished both the top end and the lower end, with a little in the middle. Most fish were browns, with a few brookies and one rainbow; most in the 8-10 inch range, though each of us netted at least one at 17+, and a few around 15. And yes, we each caught our share of fingerlings. Great day. ~ Jeff D -- July 16th, 2017

Flows were at a nice level ~17 cfs. Fish were small browns and brookies on dries. Mainly parachute adams. Spooky fish but a good longer cast worked well. Fished downstream from upper parking in the AM & upstream from lower parking in the PM. Lower water was a bit better but the walk is tougher with more marsh and scattered beaver holes. We did not fish the ponds. ~ Mike Narkewicz -- July 10th, 2017

Extremely windy, over the banks flow, clear water. Tough day and hard to find a drift in very swift water. I like the high flows here, but this was too much. Jungle fishing for sure. You may want to wait till the flows drop some. ~ Robert Schatz -- June 14th, 2017

My son and I fished the afternoon on this property. Parked at the lake, hiked downstream and fished back up between 12:30 & 4. Mostly small fish on the day and most were caught with stimulators on top (largest about 14"). Caught a few below with wolly buggers. Maybe 12 fish between us. Then fished the Fraser section from 4:30 to 5:30 and I caught another 5 fish...again smaller and most on top with a Stimulator. Flows were very good and not to high yet but would expect that to change in another week. ~ Jason Dembeck -- May 31st, 2017

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