About Boulder River Ranch
The preserve consists of 1 mile of South Boulder Creek and several trout ponds. Boulder River Ranch has three beats that are roughly 1/3 of a mile each. It contains some great riffles, lots of pocket water, and a few pools with good depth. Its hatches are thick and heavy and are produce large fish on dry flies throughout the season.
Railroad Junction Beat: This beat begins at the railroad bridge located on South Beaver Creek Rd. and continues until the junction of South Beaver Creek Rd. and Pactolus Lake Rd. It has a number of medium depth pools that provide both good dry/dropper and nymph fishing.
Gold Mine Beat: This beat begins at the junction of South Beaver Creek Rd. and Pactolus Lake Rd. and continues up about 1/3 of a mile to the downstream side of ugly bridge. It contains a lot of great pocket water with sizes of fish that will surprise you. It also contains some medium depth pools that provide good nymphing, especially in higher
water. There are 5 ponds on this beat that have good numbers of large fish.
Boulder River Ranch Beat: This beat begins upstream of ugly bridge and continues to downstream of Opal's hole, the Lincoln Hills home preserve boundary. The hole directly above ugly bridge provides an opportunity for world class sized trout with every cast. Fish often lie in the head of the pool and tend to move up into the upstream riffles as well. Both dries and nymphs seem to work equally well through this whole beat.
April-June: Brown Midge #20, Black Stonefly #16, Blue Winged Olives #18, Black Quill #16
June-August: Tan Caddis #14, Green Drake #12, Yellow Sallies #14, Red Quill #14, Terrestrials
September-November: Blue Winged Olives #20 and #16, Black Midge #22-26, Giant Orange Sledge(caddis) #8-10, Grey Drake #12