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Taryall Creek Fishing Information
Middle Section - near Fairplay, CO
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!
Fish: Some Small-Sized Fish
Best Techniques: Dries & Nymphs
Best Seasons: Spring - Fall
River Type: Small Freestone
Fish Types: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout
Dog Friendly: Yes
Located in the South Platte River Basin near Fairplay, CO
Fishable Seasons & Current Weather
The best seasons to fish this river are Spring - Fall. See the current weather reports for the next 5-6 days listed below for the nearest city.
wind: 10mph S
H 15 • L 4
Weather from OpenWeatherMap
Knowing what flies to use is only have the battle. You have to know when the insects are active on the water and when it's likely the trout are feeding on them. Refer to our hatch charts below to understand when the insect categories and some of the possible hatches on the river.
Midges hatch year round, but their importance is from September through winter into April. During the warmer months, the trout often focus on larger insects as they are more active on the water like mayflies, caddis and stoneflies.
Aside from Blue wing olives, mayflies are active most commonly from May to August in Colorado. There are many different mayfly hatches found on most rivers and the most common are listed below.
Blue Wing Olive: September throut winter to April
Pale Morning Dun: June to Mid September
Colors: White, Yellow
Sizes: #14 - #20
Green Drakes: June to August
Sizes: #8 - #14
Caddis hatch starting early in May and continue to the end of October.
Colors: Olive, Green, Yellow, Tan, Orange, Brown and Black.
Sizes: #10 - #20
We have some great stonefly hatches in Colorado and while not all rivers carry all species of salmonflies, you can often fish stonefly adult patterns with confidence from May to September. Start off in bigger sizes and get smaller till September hits (size 8 - 16)
Little Black Stone: January to May during warm sunny days.
Colors: Black, Grey
Sizes: #16 - #20
Golden Stone: June to August
Colors: Yellow, Tan
Sizes: #8 - #14
Yellow Sally Stonefly: Mid June to August
Colors: Yellow, Tan
Sizes: #12 - #18
Terrestrials don't hatch since they are out of the water, but they can have importance starting in Mid April and ending in September.
These are the the top flies we sell for this river. Use the hatch chart above to know what flies you will want to have in your fly box during your adventure on the river and then select the flies here 30 days before your trip to get them at a great price. All of our flies are hand tied to each order to ensure quality and to keep our prices low for you.
Click on a fly below to select a size and color for purchase.
If you need an easier solution than selecting each fly and size, try out our top fly assortments for this river that will put all the flies you need in a single order for this river. We've already selected the flies we use in our fly box for this river including the sizes and colors and put them in these assortments so you can fish with the confidence that you have the right flies in your box.
Click on any of the pictures to see what flies, colors and sizes we recommend in each assortment.
Use these epic resources to get ready for your adventure. Whether you're planning your trip, learning your insects, improving your fishing with expert tips or getting detailed resources from the USGS streamflows or DoW, we got you covered to help you find the river and find the success you want.