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

Found the creek was color of dark tea or weak coffee--visibility about 1.5 to 2 ft. deep. Water temp in afternoon was around 50f degrees. Reported CFS was a little over 30 but it was too fast in some points to wade safely. I've seen and fished it at flood level and this was not anywhere close to that high. This water was about a foot below the edges of the banks. Flood levels overflow all banks and extend the creek as much as 10 feet outside the banks and into the fields. The trout were not as active as in the past where something will grab the nymph of almost every cast. I had about 12 strikes and landed about 3-4 medium sized brown trout of about 10-12 inches. A few of the strikes were of larger trout but they never made it to my net. Fished the upper end and enjoyed it. Only nymph that worked for me was a #16 bead head pheasant tail as the bottom fly. ~ Gene Morton -- May 24th, 2016

Excellent day. Overcast and lots of bugs. Fished double dries all day - small attractor trailing bwo with about equal takes on both. Fished upstream from upper parking area to boundary in the morning then walked down to cattle gate and fished up to ponds in the afternoon. One can easily catch 30-40 fish in a day if you are willing to cover a lot of water. By the time I got to the big beaver ponds below the ranch buildings I was too exhausted to fish them, so probably would start there next time. Mostly small browns and a few brookies. Nothing over 13 inches, but I suspect there are larger fish in the beaver ponds. Did not fish the two lakes -- owner holds big family parties on Memorial Day and Labor Day, so there were lots of people there - but I had the stream to myself. ~ Kathy Kanda -- September 6th, 2015

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

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