The middle section of Taryall creek is a great little creek to fish in the South Park area and seems to be often overlooked in comparison to the south platte and other creeks.  People “in the know” will always tell you that solitude isn’t hard to find in south park if you know where to look.  With the River Explorer, we open up those doors to you so you know and one of the spots they speak of is the middle fork of Taryall Creek.  The reason you get solitude in the upper access of the middle section is due to the way the parking is structured.  The Cline SWA area has 4 parking spots and 4 corresponding beats.  You can only fish the beat you park in and that’s it.  No cheating (they rangers check often).  This ensures you get you’re own little public stretch in privacy and is awesome.  I really wish they’d do this at some of the more popular streams to better spread out the access.  It’s a great way to handle the fishery and keeps pressure low and privacy/solitude high.

The middle section is an easily missed section cause the SWA sign is hidden behind a hill and you drive by it going 50 mph and most are headed to the reservoir and miss it completely.  On a weekday it’s rare to find another person and you get this middle section all to yourself.  This kind of solitude is something special that you can find in Colorado and in my opinion, is an essential part to fly fishing.

The fishing in this area is fair to good and most days, you’ll catch bows and browns in 8 – 14” ranges.  There is a lot of private water in Taryall though and I have it on good authority and experience it is well stocked and some big bruiser trout meander this stream.  You can find some big fish if you get lucky, which makes a small creek like this fun.  Fish around 20” have been caught here and offer a real surprise when you come across them.  Most of the fish are on the small to medium size however and offer a pleasant day in solitude with a decent chance at double digit fish days.

The fishing can be a bit technical in both spots for different reasons.  In the Cline SWA, willows and brush dominate the side of the river making casts difficult.  The good news, is the creek is small so if you get hung up, you can often just wade in to retrieve the fly and watch the fish swim off as they laugh at you for you’re poor casting.  This makes it a fun challenge with little chance to lose your flies.  A single dry fly or dry dropper set up is often best.  I find in tight quarters like this, a single fly is my best chances and allows you to cast tight against the foliage where fish are often expecting insects to land and 1 fly can be better than 2 in this arena.

In the lower beat of the middle section, the river is wide open and a meandering meadow stream.  This makes casting easy and spooking fish easier.  Walk quiet and low to the ground making presentations over the water only on your final cast.  (i.e don’t false cast over the water)  this makes a big difference in the numbers of fish you’ll see.  Nymph the deeper holes and runs and dry dropper the riffles and banks.  I like to have 2 rods and set ups for these creeks so I can switch back and forth.  Often with no one there, I’ll start at the bottom, work my way up with one rod while leaving the other behind where I started.  After I fish 50-100 yds, I’ll come back down and switch rods now leaving the other rod at the top of where I finished and in this way you can fish the same stretch of river two times with different techniques and often pick up fish you missed due to the inability to access them with good presentation.

Fly selection is pretty standard here and for anyone who fishes Colorado, go with your favorites and you should do fine.  If you need some guidance on flies, check out the list below.  Sizes #14 – #18 perform best in summer and #16 – #22 in spring and fall seem to be the ranges that produce.  Go explore Taryall and the access points showing below and enjoy a day in relative solitude!