Allen Creek Ranch
Mixed Early Season Fishing Reports
2013 FISHING REPORTS:
06/08/13 Tough day fishing. Windy & turbid.
05/27/13 Beautiful stretch of river. Fishing was tough because water is too high and silted up. Caught 2 rainbows. Tried: wooly bugger/nymph; hopper/dropper; 3 nymphs; San Juan worms. Nothing seemed to help but a good drift. Water was too fast in most places to achieve long drifts. Thanks! See you all again.
5/17/13 -. My client had around 24 hookups, plus missed some strikes too. Biggest fish (lost it) looked like an 18 inch bow. Flies that worked best: in morning: olive slumpbuster, soft hackle beadhead flashback pheasant tail- 18. In afternoon; green drake nymph-14, olive caddis larva: 14, apricot egg. Creek was in good shape clarity wise most of the day. There was a little bump in flows from the side creek by the bridge in the afternoon, and less clarity. Fish were still mostly in the deeper slower water. Construction wasn’t too bad - some delay getting in and some construction noise when they came by to destroy the pavement for a while but after that not much. Getting out in late afternoon was pretty easy.
5/16/13 - Had a great half day on the river. Fished for about 3 hours and caught 5 browns and 5 rainbows. All fish were in the 12 to 15 inch range. I used size 16 bead head prince nymph. I would fished longer but the weather was bizarre. All fish were caught in slow deep riffles leading into pools or right below structures.
5/11/13 - Fishing was slow today. Only landed five fish including four 10-12" browns and one 16" rainbow. Other large trout were observed in the pools but they weren't feeding. Tried just about every pattern in the box.
2012 FISHING REPORTS:
07/27/12 The water was really good and the fishing was a blast. We found a lot of browns and rainbows in many age classes including a lot of good, big fish. The rainbows were especially healthy and thick. The browns were very eager to take dry flies. We only came across one pike. I imagine you are aware of the large beaver dam just upstream of the bridge. This made for some challenging wading, but we found a lot of big rainbows in the slack water upstream of the dam. The much needed rain sure brought the water levels up. Overall a great day.
07/26/12 4 fish. 2 rainbows - 16"; 2 browns - one 18", one 12". All caught on hopper variations.
07/22/12 Good morning. Things really slowed down after noon. Temps just too warm to fish. Three anglers had a good time, each caught nice fish: 20" rainbow on a gray/white clouser minnow; 17" rainbow on a pheasant tail; 17" brown on black nymph.
07/13/12 Superb day. 40+ fish hooked; 28 landed, all on dry flies. Four fish were 17"+. Wonderful time. Water is warm so fight fish quickly and then take the time to fully revive them....
06/16/12 Amazing day. Stopped counting after 15. Caught 5 fish,18"-20". Used hopper/dropper set up. Stimulator & hotwire prince worked best. Pray for rain!! The water is low.
06/09/12 Beautiful, breezy day; warm ~ 70 degrees. Water very clear. Steady action 9:00 - 1:00; slower 1:00 - 4:00. Rainbows: 3 x 20"!; 2 x 16". Browns: 3 x 12" - 14"; 5 X 6" - 10". Most fish on beadhead hare's ear #16; a few on #18 baetis nymph.
05/27/12 Total 7 fish landed; 2 browns, 5 rainbows. Had to work hard all day. 9 AM - 11 AM: Hare's ear/ midge nymph - one 14" rainbow. 11 AM - 2 PM: Hopper w/ stonefly dropper (yellow/black) - one 10" rainbow. 2 PM - 3 PM: lunch. 3 PM - 5 PM Hopper w, stonefly dropper - one 17" brown; 2 18" rainbows. 5 PM - 7 PM: same rig - two 20"+ rainbows; FAT! By the bridge. All rainbows hit stonefly nymph! 3 fish hit my orange indicator when fishing double nymph.
05/25/12 Great day! Tons of fish! Great program!. If you are thinking of making a reservation, DO IT!! A.M.: Streamer - sculpzilla wht. Mid-morning to early afternoon: - Amy's Ant; - BHPT; - Guides Chaise Hare's Ear; - Barr's Emerger. Late Afternoon: Nap. 3:00 - 6:00 P.M. Sculpzilla Wht. Thanks for all your efforts, Jim!!
05/01/12 Caught 5, lost 3. Large, bushy dry fly w/dropper. Biggest fish (20-22"!!) took dry that looked like a grasshopper. Beautiful area; want to come back. Great program, reasonable price!
04/28/12 Great day! 16 fish -- big bows, 16", 18", 20"+. Wooly bugger worked on a couple of fish; prince worked on many fish; ugly streamer worked on 1 and hopper worked on 2!
04/11/12 As I mentioned in the shop – I had a wonderful day on the river. I can't begin to count the number of trout I landed, ranging in size from 10 to a tad over 20 inches. Lost one a bit bigger (he opened the hook bend!) and spooked a very large rainbow (solid 24") trying to stalk closer for an accurate cast. I was the first person to fish this section this year, and the fish certainly acted like they had not seen a fly for several months. I also saw several medium to large sized pike, one of which was about 4 feet long and swam right by me headed down some riffles. I've fly fished over 30 years and in some pretty far away places, but having a monster swim by like that was a first for me. Thanks for your program and I look forward to many more visits.
10/15/11 - Just wanted to thank you for a great day on Allen Creek 10/15. caught 9 total, 7 over 20 (including a Pike!) all on dumb bell head autumn splendor streamers...The bend pools above the bridge were amazing...every time I'd catch a big fish in there, I'd leave for 30 mins and come back and hit it again and catch another one...Nuts. Nice job on stream improvements. It's really coming around.
10/07/11 Great water w/ great possibilities. Saw some bigger fish (15"+). Not interested in whatever we threw from #22 midge to #18 buggers. Next time! Handled 9 fish.
09/17/11 Great property. Caught 15, lost as many. Miami vice, SJ worm, juju. Biggest fish 18", many 10" -14" Saw 0ne 32" pike.
9/6/11 - I fished in a light to moderate rain for about 5 hours and caught 28 fish. 20 fish on a size 14 elkhair caddis and 8 on a Daves hopper and a caddis nymph dropper. 8 of the fish were rainbows in the 12 to 20 inch range. The browns were very concentrated and caught 2 to 7 per run.
09/03/11 Browns & rainbows. Nypmhs most of day, some top action with tan #14 hopper. Nymphs: Olive beasties # 18 & 20; Hare's ear # 18; Gray RS 2 ## 20.
08/14/11 Hare's ear #10. Prince nymph beadhead #8 wgt. Slow & deep. Nothing on drys. 3 ft. clear water. From 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Sun & overcast. Great program.
07/31/11 A few fish, 12" range. Lots of skeeters. Thank you.
07/30/11 The ranch fished well despite troubles with higher flows. Fish were caught on a variety of nymphs size 6 - 16 and on large hoppers tight against the banks. Most fish were 8"-12" but severaal 16" browns and bows were caught. A few 20" or so fish were lost and one behemoth in the upper 20s broke the 3X.
07/25/11 Father/daughter fished in spite of the mosquitoes. Daughter caught and landed her first rainbow on a hare's ear bead head. Nice 16" rainbow!
06/3/11 Water was very nice & weather was great. Fishing was slow but one rainbow was over 20".
06/02/11 One 18" - 20" rainbow on baetis emerger. Multiple 8" - 14" browns, mostly on baetis emergers, 2 on beadhead hare's ear.
05/30/11 Windy!! One fish, 18"-20". Streamers.
05/28/11 - The river was low and clear, had to be stealthy. I dropped to 6X and brought 10 in. 3 Rainbows, 7 browns. My first firsh was a 'bow that had to go about 23". Also, lost quite a few. Pink SJW, Caddis fly nymphs seemed to be the only thing working. Can't believe it's May 28th and it's running at 30 cfs. Thanks again!
05/25/11 Fished about a half day. Water level was good. A little cold and windy in the morning so switched to streamers and started catching fish, including a few big ones.
05/24/11 - We had a fish count of 28 with one fish over 18 inches each. A large brown took John's stimulator strike indicator just upstream of the bridge. Prince nymphs, size 16 & 18 worked best for John, stone fly pupa for Ned, and small gold ribbed hare's ear for Fred. The water was very clear but overcast skies made seeing fish almost impossible. The deep runs and pockets behind the rocks held fish as expected but the inside bends and riffle tails also had nice fish. This is a great pristine flyfishing spot.
05/01/2011 - Very slow in the morning. The fish were hiding in the extremely cold conditions. We found a couple large fish that ate Golden stone nymphs. The afternoon warmed up a bit as did the fishing. Streamers and Black Leaches were the best flies. Some rising fish took Blue Winged Olives in late afternoon.
04-29-2011 Wanted to let you know how the day went last Thursday. Thank you for the info and tips! I did not have nearly enough time to fish the entire stretch, but will be back for sure. The lower willow section was fishing slow, caught one brown on a large Adams. Here is the summary: Nice sunny day. Great property. Fished for about 4.5 hours. Caught 11 total, all browns 10-16". 6 on the dropper (BH Prince), the rest on a large Para Adams. Water was low, clear and cold. Will be back.
04/18/11 Slow in the morning. Picked up after noon. Elk hair caddis with BHPT dropped below. Most caught on pheasant tail but took one good fish on dry fly. 17 on the day, 3 over 15". The rest between 10"-12".
04/17/11 11 fish -- 6 rainbows, 5 browns. 3 rainbows were 20+ inches. Caught all fish on 20-inchers and BH Pheasant Tail. Windy day but sunny. Great to be on the water.
2010 FISHING REPORTS:
10/12/10 - Conditions are still good at Allen Creek Ranch. Expect low, clear water and wary fish. Call (719) 748-1494 to make a reservation through October 31, 2010.
09/05/10 Outstanding!!! This is the best time of year to fish Allen Creek Ranch. I lost count of the smaller brown trout. Landed a 21" rainbow and a 15", a 17" & a 19" brown. Slow in the morning...but, the afternoon...WOW!!! #14 - #16 stimulator w/ a BHPT #18 & #20.
09/04/10 Great day. Spent early part of the day on the lower half and did okay in spite of gusty winds and low, clear water. Took a break for lunch and returned to fish the restoration area just below the bridge. Intended to make a couple of casts and call it a day. As luck would have it, I hooked the biggest trout of my fishing life although it broke off before I could bring it in! Just had to keep fishing after that and managed to catch several nice fish in that area. What a terrific property. I'm already planning a return visit next summer! Thanks!
08/28/10 A few big browns on hoppers & droppers (yellow flash); Lots of small browns on red quill spinners; A couple of 14"-17" rainbows on hoppers; Lost a few very big rainbows on large yellow stonefly nymphs.
07/18/10 Thank you very much! You have some huge trout on this property. This is one of the best kept secrets for monster trout that fight hard.
7/16/10 - We had a really good day fishing on Friday. We caught about 20 fish in 4 hours. I lost 2 others as they broke my 5x tippet. The river was active with bugs and the small trout were voracious eaters. The fishing slowed after 1pm. A #16 tan caddis and #16 green caddis pupa/beadhead worked the best. Tell people fishing to get there early due to warm temperatures.
07/03/10 Great time. All runs to ourselves. Doesn't get any better than that. Caught several fish each, all quality fish.
JUNE 17, 2010: The flows are steadily decreasing on the Tarryall Creek and the water is clearing beautifully. Conditions are good and should continue to improve over the next several days.
05/13/10 Snow! Snow!! Snow!!! Fishing was slow. Caddis larvae, egg pattern flies. Angler #2: caught 4 browns. Snowing. Caddis worked. Hit one on dry fly.
4/18/10 - Beautiful day. 3 fish: 2 browns 11" & 13"; one rainbow (female, heavy with roe) 15+". Water slightly off color. All fish taken in pools. All fish taken on green streamer size 12.
Great fall day. Morning was slow but the afternoon was really good. #14 - #12 Charlie Boy hopper with a wire prince or copper/red copper john dropper. 14 fish total, mostly browns. One rainbow, 17". 09/26/09
Fishing was fair to good. All action on was on top. Mostly browns in the 12-15" range on Joe's Hoppers and Yellow Stimulators. BWO hatch from around 12-1 pm, but trout were very, VERY selective. We couldn't land any of them during this hatch! Fish would make a move towards the fly but then bail out at the last second. Water was very low, so most fish were held up in the deep pools and runs, and along the banks. We had the best luck in the middle third of the section, below the bridge. Crystal clear water, so sight-fishing was fun! 09/05/09
(The following report is from two buddies -- one recently diagnosed with a serious illness. They took their time and fished slowly, all the while savoring a warm summer day on a crystal clear river tempting trout with just the right flies. When the action slowed mid afternoon, the anglers, also, took a break, relaxing in their lawn chairs, eating lunch and enjoying the quiet solitude of a picturesque mountain valley.)
Fun day, low water. Caught some nice larger bows on caddis & hoppers -- one was 20". Smaller browns and bows on the same. 08/23/09
Seven rainbows, 16 - 20". Tried hoppers - nothing. Saw no hatches. Tried Adams. Tried nymphs. Hot in afternoon. Saw many and missed them all. They were by banks and in pools. 08/22/09
16 total. 4 between 17"-19". Hopper prince dropper; streamers. Slow furing 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. 08/21/09
SLOW. 3 fisherman, 14 fish, 4 - 15-16"; 10 - 8-12". 08/19/09
Joe's Hopper x 3. Hare's Ear, Green - 19" rainbow. Prince Nymph x 3. Orange stimi x 1. Caddis pupa x 4. Red/Black Ant x 1. 3 bows 15-19". The rest were browns. Thanks very much. 08/13/09
Two 20" rainbows on Joe's Hopper; one 18" rainbow on Chernobyl ant; one 12" & one 14" on foam caddis; one strike on hare's ear; numerous strikes on hoppers; nothing else on nymphs. 07/19/09
Three of us fished a full day and caught plenty of fish. Sizes ranged from 10"-21", with all but the larger fish (18"+) being rainbows and the smaller ones were mostly browns. Caught a lot of fish on copper johns, pheasant tails, prince nymphs and the larger fish were caught on large dry's like hoppers and caddis. We highly recommend giving this stretch of water a try! 07/10/09
Tough day. Willows make fishing this stretch challenging. One 18" rainbow, one small brook, one 24" rainbow got cut off near the shore. 07/09/09
AM above bridge, zero fish. PM below bridge, 12 browns -- 9"-13" -- on dry caddis flies. 07/08/09
07/05/09 - Two anglers, lots of fish, one big rainbow that broke a 5-weight fly rod, and one giant pike that tried to swallow a small brown on the end of a dry fly...incredible!
Tough day. High strong flows made it challenging. 06/21/09
Two 13" browns on red copper john; one 12" brown on rows ribbed san juan worm; one 18" rainbow on rows ribbed san juan worm; one 18" rainbow on red copper john. 05/14/09
Caught about 10 fish; mix of browns to 14" and 1 rainbow that measured 22". Caddis pupa worked best, also copper john & PBBHPT. Fun day. 05/08/09
4/26/09: The stream was beautiful, slightly colored. We caught four 19-20ï¿½ rainbows and eight 10-12ï¿½ browns on san juan worms, pheasant tails and green wooly buggers. We also had several other trout on and off including several big rainbows. It was a wonderful day! Thanks
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