This 4,500-acre cattle ranch is much higher in elevation than our other Tarryall fishing leases. Consequently, the creek is much smaller here than downstream. Owned by the same family for 80 years, the stream has seen very few anglers. US Highway 285 bisects the ranch so we have designated two different parking areas (east and west of the highway).
A 2009 fish survey conducted by the Colorado Division of Wildlife revealed that this property supports nearly 2,000 brown trout per mile of stream (not including beaver ponds). The average fish is about 10 inches in length, with many browns in the 12-15 inch range. Angler reports from 2008 and 2009 suggest that releasing 40 browns per day is not uncommon, and 200 browns per day is not out of the question (see Current Conditions).
The lower half of this lease (east of the highway) meanders through an open hay meadow. The largest pools can be found on the lower (east) end of the property. This half (1.3 miles) affords plenty of room for three anglers to cast to 8-15 inch browns.
The upper (west) half of the ranch is recommended for more experienced anglers who enjoy a casting and wading challenge. Here the stream heads into willow thickets, deep sloughs and small beaver ponds. Virtually any well-presented fly is likely to attract a 10-16 inch wild brown. The west half is suitable for two or more anglers who are willing to leapfrog through willows and wetlands.
Highway 285 near the town of Como
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