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 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

Ranch Creek was at optimal flow, late this year due to the heavy snowpack. And it fished very well. Simple report: We only fished the upper part of the creek, above the ponds (the Fraser still quite high). Despite the abundant insects flying around, nymphing still the ticket. BHFT flashback, or a green copper john worked on over 30 fish between us in the am, and some more in the evening. There were a few other hits on terresterials and the always present rusty spinner, so some dry fly action as well. Fish early and as long into the afternoon as they stay active, then go to the pond in the PM or the Fraser. Get up now before the flows on Ranch Creek go down! ~ Steve Fitz -- July 7th, 2014

Very cold early morning at 24 degrees but warmed up for good fishing by 10 a.m. On top best flies were Elk Hair Caddis s16 and red s10 Amy's Ant. Underneath use Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear s16 and Olive Hare's Ear s16. The pond was glass with high sun. There are definitely nice fish in there but that day only sporadic risers. Another good fly was an oldie called a Hornbug (think light spruce fly). ~ Chuck Prather -- September 25th, 2013

Had a great day on Ranch Creek. Fished the stream, back by the cliff, for about 3 hours and picked up lots of 8 to 10 inch brook trout and browns on Adams 16 dry with BHPT 18 dropper. Hit mainly the deeper pools of over 18 inches of water. Plenty of water to fish. Spent about an hour on the pond and caught two 16 inch rainbows on top with the Adams as well as several 10 inch brookies that were feeding on top. Overall a very fun day in the cool mountains when it was 90+ in Denver. ~ John Chandler -- September 4th, 2013

A guest and I fished this property on a sunny morning before the clouds rolled in around 2 and ran us out of there with lightning and heavy rain. We started in the creek above the confluence of Hurd Creek and found the flow very low which made nymphing challenging and the fish very spooky. We resorted to using only terrestrials and had success with ants and hoppers. We caught two browns each in 16\" range above culvert and also got one nice 16\" bow in beaver pond below culvert on ant. Around noon we went downstream below Hurd past the cliffs and had no luck and saw only a few fish. At 2 we hit the Frasier which was quite nice with a solid flow and great natural structure and deep runs. We only had about 30 minutes there until the rain and lightning ended our day. We did get one 17\" brown on a hopper. Lots of moss in the Frasier so you need to keep your droppers short. Next time I will spend more time on Frasier. ~ Damon Stephens -- August 26th, 2013

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