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Trouts Journal


Ivan Orsic / Jul 16, 2013

The WCR Ranch is located on a small tributary of the upper Colorado River, approximately 35 miles in length. The creek rises in northwestern Grand County, in the Arapaho National Forest at the top of the continental divide and flows southeast toward the Colorado River.

The WCR Ranch is home to Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines, Douglas-Firs, and Aspen stands. The creek itself meanders through a wide-open meadow closely cropped with willows, cut banks, and a variety of alpine wildflowers. Surrounding the creek are majestic peaks that reach elevations of 12,000ft and higher.

The WCR Ranch is truly a wild place.

The two predominant species of fish on the WCR property are brown and rainbow trout – although other species are often caught as well. The creek has many bends and deep cut banks along the mile+ stretch of private water. Successful fishing at the WCR requires a bit of stealth and patience. If you enjoy taking your time looking for fish in clear water environments and making accurate presentations, the WCR Ranch is a property to consider. The reward can be a subtle sip on the surface or a jarring explosion on the top water.

Summertime hatches include blue winged olives, caddis, and golden stoneflies and drakes. Grasshoppers and other terrestrial patterns will also bring fish to the surface. In addition to being a fantastic dry fly fishery, dry dropper rigs can also be effective.

If you are looking for a true western fly fishing experience in a rustic, small creek environment, look no further than the WCR Ranch. The ranch is located roughly two (2) hours from Downtown Denver.

This is the newest addition to our Exclusive Properties portfolio and we think you’ll enjoy this challenging yet unique experience. To book your guided day of fly fishing at the WCR Ranch give the shop a call at 303.733.1434.

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