Private Colorado Fly Fishing on Historic Williams Ranch

Historic Williams Ranch

On Tarryall Creek

Historic Williams Ranch

2 miles of Tarryall Creek

Historic Williams Ranch

Check out our reservation calendar to establish the availability of this property or to make a reservation. Current conditions are posted as often as possible, including hatches and fishing reports.


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The Historic Williams Ranch contains 2.0 miles of Tarryall Creek at 8,600 feet elevation. Optimal stream flows range from 30 to 80 cfs but fishing can be good up to 120 cfs if the water is clear. Morning fishing is best on sunny days in July and August because water temperatures can get very warm by early afternoon.


$80.00 per angler; maximum of 4 anglers per day. No refunds once payments are made.

Check-in Procedure:

You will be prompted to download your angling pass (with the gate combination) from our website when you submit your reservation online. Be sure to print out the pass or save the PDF to your smart phone.

Proceed DIRECTLY to Historic Williams Ranch on the day of your reservation and look for the "Historic Williams Ranch" sign on the gate. Place your pre-printed angling pass on the dashboard of your car or carry your smart phone with the PDF because you may be checked. Please call 719.836.4177 if you have any questions.

Historic Williams Ranch is 25 miles from the town of Jefferson and 17 miles from Lake George on County Road 77 (Tarryall Road). This property is patrolled and all vehicles without a valid angling pass are reported immediately to the Park County Sheriff.



Historic Williams Ranch offers diverse aquatic habitat that supports resident browns and rainbows in the 10-24 inch range. Angler reports are highly variable on this property. While some anglers report seeing few fish the entire day, others release 40 larger trout in just a few hours. Still others report "herding" nice trout around in the shallows. By all indications this is NOT a property where anglers can expect to do well by merely walking the willow-lined banks and fishing the pools. This may be our most challenging lease to figure out but it harbors many 18-24 inch trout, along with large pike. On warm summer days, the larger fish tend to hunker down in deep water where they are harder to locate and catch. As a rule of thumb, anglers catch the largest trout using weighted nymphs and streamers unless they are surface feeding on terrestrials.

John E. Williams acquired this ranch in 1882 but the remaining homestead and other structures were built by his son Edmund in 1928. Previously called Lower Allen Creek Ranch, it is now the Historic Williams Ranch.

Extensive fish habitat improvements were accomplished on the property which now holds many large trout throughout the year. The ranch is protected by a conservation easement held by Colorado Open Lands.


Lightning is a real hazard and no shelter or restrooms exist on this property. Thick willows, fast riffles, slick rocks, and beaver ponds are a challenge and can be dangerous, especially during periods of high water. Beaver ponds and sloughs (some quite deep) may exist anywhere the stream has been dammed by beavers. Moose have been spotted on this property so make lots of noise when bushwhacking through the willows. While vandalism and theft are rare, we suggest locking your vehicle while fishing.


There are no angler facilities on this property. The nearest public restrooms are located at Twin Eagles Trailhead (downstream) on County Road 77. Other services are available at Tarryall Reservoir and the town of Lake George. Please plan accordingly on the day of your arrival.


Historic Williams Ranch is located 25 miles southeast of Jefferson and 17 miles northwest of Lake George on County Road 77 (Tarryall Road). The ranch gate is near Milepost 25, about 7.5 miles below Tarryall Reservoir. Call (719) 836-4177 for directions or more information.

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