The Howard Ranch

June 4, 2009 by admin Leave a reply »
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Stream on Property

Chalk up another victory for the high country trout of the Northern Rockies – a premier ranch holding in Colorado‘s famed San Juan Mountain Range has been acquired by a conservation minded group with the primary focus of restoring and improving a once thriving wild trout fishery. Historically operated as a cattle and hay ranch since the early 1900’s, the +/- 307 acre Howard Ranch has been neglected for all purposes aside from maximizing value for cattle and hay production. The high country fishing treasure, Cebolla Creek traverses the ranch for approximately 2 miles along the property’s northern boundary.

In years past, the creek bisected the ranch through the middle until its course was altered in the 1950’s to accommodate for additional grazing capacity. As such, the once meandering fishery was diverted to the edge of the property and straightened out resulting in very little holding water and deep holes which offer protection and year-round habitat for the resident trout. With its minimal gradient, consistent flow rates, cool stream temperatures, high ground water and the existence of the historic channels Cebolla Creek is ideal for a fishing enhancement project.

Great View

Great View

Our research through conversations with area anglers, fly shops and online fishing resources has resulted in rave reviews regarding the fishing on the Cebolla. The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop offered the following on the famed creek, “This spring-fed jewel offers some of the best dry fly fishing of any stream in Colorado. Beaver ponds are abundant on Cebolla as well as riffles, runs and a few deep holes. Browns are predominant in Cebolla with substantial populations of brookies and rainbows as well.”

The excellent fishing on Cebolla Creek has been highlighted on ESPN’s Walker’s Cay Chronicles; Host and highly regarded angling personality Flip Pallot featured this serene alpine fishery on his popular program, filming on a stretch of creek just downstream of the subject property.

Few ranches in the west have the cool natural water, the extensive water rights, the Wilderness & BLM buffer, but also the natural terrain to enable a fishing enhancement of this quality. This is a choice example of a ‘sleeper’ opportunity – with its history of operating as a cattle and hay production ranch while belonging to the same family for over 100 years, it has been long overlooked for its potential as a premier recreational retreat.

We look forward to ‘testing the product’ upon its completion.

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