East River B-26

Description: The Cold Springs Ranch, near Crested Butte, has 1 1/2 miles of the 40-foot wide East River. Few anglers have ever fished this section of the river, and it contains good populations of rainbows to 16 inches and browns to 18 inches.

Location: The ranch is located approximately four miles east of the resort town of Crested Butte.

Capacity: Limited to 3 anglers or 2 groups of 2 each.

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

If there is a more beautiful place on earth, I'd be surprised !! Scenery here is stunning. Fished from 9:00 to 4:00. Rained off and on until about 2:00. Started nymphing and the fish were hitting my strike indicator. Switched to an orange Stimulator and BH Pheasant tail dropper and fished this rig the rest of the day. Caught about 15 fish including a 10" and a 14" rainbow. Both were fat and healthy. Rest were browns in the 4-8 inch range and one cutthroat. I had numerous strikes on the Stimulator but missed at least twice as many as I caught. Best fishing was the upstream half of the property. There was more water and deeper holes. Many of the browns and strikes were also in the shallow riffles. ~ Walt Jaakkola -- August 20th, 2010

LaMar Jost and I fished the lease for about 3 hours in the late afternoon and evening. Nothing much happening. Only one fish brought to the net. I covered a lot of water with streamers, but didn't cause any fish to move that I could see. LaMar caught one rainbow on a black beauty and hooked up with a couple more he didn't land. Weather was cloudy and warm, about 60 degrees. Saw a few BWOs coming off and one yellow stone, but only one riser spotted. ~ Mike Williams -- October 3rd, 2008

The river looks lower than remember, but that was two years ago. I caught several nice fish on red and green Copper Johns hung as dropper from a BC Hopper. Several fish took the BC Hopper. I switched out the BC Hopper for a yellow Stimulator and caught two fish taking the Stimulator. The real action began when I went with just a red San Juan Worm. On the first cast of this rig in a deep pool near the loan pine tree something very big hit the worm and broke me off without even slowing down. I replaced the red worm and caught five fish 10 14 near or under the bridge. It was a beautiful day on the East River. ~ Russ Lofquist -- August 13th, 2007

Everything was perfect. Caught fish to 16". Best fly was CJ under dries. Rained in the afternoon. ~ James -- July 17th, 2007

What a lovely property and great fishing. Nothing huge but nice numbers in the am and late afternoon. They were taking nymphs (copper johns especially - red ones) as well as Yellow Sallys of all things. Nothing else seemed to interest them. Most fish were nice - 12 - 14" consistently and healthy and strong. Look forward to trying it again. ~ Sally Fant -- July 11th, 2006

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