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

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

pretty tough day at C45- water very low and lots of large fish stacked up in pools. Did manage 10+ fish on hopper dropper (green CJ) =mostly small browns 6-8"- 3 nice bows 16-17" on dropper and one on small WB ( black) - missed one large bow on hopper. Only fished down 500 yards from ponds and almost to upper boundary. Very nice property - have always enjoyed it and lots of water to cover. ~ BJameson -- September 22nd, 2016

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