Subscriber-Written Fishing Trip Report

Luther Birdzell fishing trip to Colorado Trout Hunters
in United States Colorado

Report ID: 3693 How Trip Was Conducted: Guided
Date of Trip: May 13, 2006 to May 13, 2006
Place of Trip: United States Colorado - Water: Sheephorn Ranch - Specific Area: High Lake (about 9000 feet)

Outfitter (or lodge): Colorado Trout Hunters. Colorado. Tel. 303-325-5515. E-mail:, Web:
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any): N/A
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
Local Fly Shop(s): N/A

Species Sought/Availability: Trout, Brook - Availability: Abundant
Trout, Brown - Availability: Average
Trout, Rainbow - Availability: Average
Description of Catch Made: Numerous monster brook trout and several good sized browns and bows.
Type of Fishing: Lake fishing from shore
Equipment Used: 5 & 6 wt dry-dropper rigs with floating lines
Flies Used: Tad’s Reservoir Dog in sizes 16 and 18 were the dish of the day! We also got a few hits on stimulators and a few other dries, but the vast majority of our hookups were on the droppers.
Description of Hatches: Coranamid hatch around 12:30
Water/Weather Conditions: Perfect Colorado spring day.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Condition of Equipment: Excellent Knowledge of Water: Excellent
Quality of Accommodation: N/A General Fishing Knowledge: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Ability to Communicate: Excellent
Overall Service: Excellent Overall Personality: Excellent
Name of Airline: N/A Airline Service (1 to 10): 1
Airline Comments: Sheephorn Ranch is located near Kermling, CO (intersection of CO-40 and CO-9), about a two hour and fifteen minute drive from Denver.

Problems on the Trip:
Highlights of the Trip: Rowdy Sluga and I were the first anglers of the ‘06 season to fish a lake at about 9000 feet on Sheephorn Ranch with Tad Howard from Colorado Trout Hunters ( In a word, the day was epic. We caught over 100 fish, including several monster brook trout which qualified both Rowdy and I for our first Colorado Master Angler awards. The fishing was so prolific that we lost track of how many doubles we had. We spent most of the day on the east side of the lake, enjoying a majestic view of the Rocky Mountains. Most of our catches were on casts of less than twenty feet. Some of the streamer opportunities on the west side of the lake favored longer casts, but there was plenty of action for anglers of all abilities. The fish were definitely hungry and the winter ice seemed to have helped them forget how to differentiate our flies from real bugs. That notwithstanding, I attribute the majority of our success to Tad’s effectiveness reading the afternoon hatch. The fish were consistently breaking the surface, which I read as surface feeding. It turned out, however, that they were eating coranamids about a foot under the surface. The tell-tale sign for this was the force with which they were breaking the water. As it turns out, fish that are eating on the surface “sip” flies; hungry fish that are feeding sub-surface displace a lot more water when they ambush bugs just under the surface.
Cost of the Trip: $500
Would You Recommend This Trip to a Friend? Yes
Why? Sheephorn Ranch is a beautiful piece of property in the Rocky Mountains. The highest lake on this property is loaded with monster brook trout and quite a few large rainbow and brown trout as well. Tad is not only a master of putting us on large trout, but he is a very effective teacher as well.
Are There Non-Fishing Activities? Yes
If So, What Are They? Beautiful hiking opportunities.

Name: Luther Birdzell
Contact Information: Tel. 303-859-9482 - 4298 Sunshine Canton DR Boulder Coloardo 80302 - E-mail: