July 17, 2004

It’s often been said that we all want what we can’t have. In the case of fishermen that’s often access to private fishing waters, but Park County’s new fishing program, South Park Flyfishers, can offer just that. A grant from Great Outdoors Colorado makes it possible for the public to fly-fish on six private ranches in South Park.

Flyfisherman on the Tarryall River- Photo by Dennis McKinney“Most of the stream that we’ve leased has never been open to the public, and has been fished only upon occasion over the last thirty or forty years, so it’s really pristine water, and there’s a lot of fish in here.” said Gary Nichols of Park County Tourism about the program.

Access fees to these portions of Tarryall and Four Mile creeks range from twenty five to fifty dollars a day. The fees are bases on a combination of stream size, habitat and fish holding capacity. A portion of the fee goes to the rancher, but much of the revenue will be used to secure future leases to provide even more fishing opportunity. All of this fishing is catch and release, flyfishing only.

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