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Cline Ranch Upper Tarryall Creek | July 4, 2012

Today, I decided to give the Carp on the South Platte River a rest.  Since it is the fourth of July, I did a little exploring and stayed away from the major rivers.  While driving through South Park, I stumbled across what appeared to be a new State Wildlife Area called Cline Ranch.  The Upper Tarryall Creek runs right through the property and is open to the public.  My guess is that most people and fly fishers do not know about it yet and drive right by it.  There is kind of a neat system in place on the property.  You are allowed to fish “beats” and it is first come first serve.  There are only 4 beats and only one vehicle is allowed on each property.  Once you park your car in a designated spot, you have claimed the beat assigned to the parking spot.  This is great, because the creek is so small that is will not accommodate more than 1-2 people per beat.

Cline Ranch is full of small wild brown trout.  Most of which are 3-10 inches long.  The property has not been improved and has been left natural, so casting and access is a challenge, but that is what makes it so fun!  The fish are very wary. They spook if you are within their line of vision.  Sometime even from 30 feet away!  Though they are spooky, the fish are extremely willing to eat just about anything that hits the water.  Today I was able to catch them on caddis, streamers, hoppers, nymph, and parachute adams.  Just about anything works.  It is best to work upstream and try to stay out of the water.  Just poke your head out in the clearings and plop your fly in the water.  Respect this area.  It has little signs of use, and it would be nice if it can stay that way.  Pick up your trash and catch and release ALL fish.  Enjoy!

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3 Responses to Cline Ranch Upper Tarryall Creek | July 4, 2012

  1. I’ve driven by that ranch so many times in the last 20 years it’s hard to believe it’s a little, untouched gem. And what a great idea with the “beat” system to protect the resource. I wish other areas or even private waters would adopt that type of system to help reduce the pressure on some of the better water in the state…

    Thanks for the post!

  2. I remember a great weekend with you, Jon, and Clayton at that cabin on Tarryall Creek. Some nice fish in that stream there. We all ought to do that again sometime.

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