Kremmling Colorado Fishing and Recreation Ranch
Shepardsbend has some of the best fly fishing water available with over one and one half miles of the Colorado River providing countless numbers of large brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Formerly part of the Elktrout Lodge "Shepardsbend" was the prime fishing spot for the lodge operation. Consisting of 172 acres, on both sides of the Colorado River two miles upstream from Kremmling just two hours northwest of Denver in the heart of sportsman country.
Just two miles east of Kremmling, Shepardsbend is located on the spectacular Colorado River. Kremmling is a small mountain town population of approximately 2,000 people. The town lies at the confluence of Muddy Creek the Blue River and Colorado River in Grand County, just 45 minutes from the west entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park.
The town is close to some of the best downhill skiing the state has to offer centrally located between Steamboat Springs, Vail & Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Winter Park. For those who prefer Nordic skiing, Grand County offers over 300 miles of well-groomed cross-country trails and provides many other outdoor opportunities such as snow-mobiling, horseback riding, llama trekking, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, boating, hot springs and spas, cafes and coffee shops, gift stores, art galleries, 18-hole golf courses, and much more, along with a modern private jet-accessible airport.
Only 2 hours northwest of Denver, Shepardsbend is far enough away from the city yet close enough to commute to and from Denver International Airport for weekend get-always. Kremmling has McElroy Airfield, a jet capable 5,540' X 75' paved runway with 24 hour fuel, surrounded by an 8ft wildlife fence.
Property Description and Improvements:
Shepardsbend consists of 172 acres and controls both sides of the Colorado River for one and a half miles featuring some of the best dry-fly fishing on the Colorado River. Shepardsbend is at an average elevation of 7,400 feet surrounded by mountains that climb to 9,000 feet. Approximately 130 acres of the total are in tall grass hay meadow with the remaining acreage in river frontage along the Colorado River with several stands of mature trees and willow.
Shepardsbend House: Originally constructed in 1923 and considered the oldest house in Grand County, the Shepardsbend House consists of 3,040 sq. ft. and was relocated to its existing site by a team of horses and has undergone several remodels over the years. The house consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and dining rooms and kitchen.
Outbuildings: A 30' x 45' metal building with a concrete floor and foundation, two additional log-constructed barns, one wood-framed barn, utility sheds, loafing sheds, and wood corrals.
The Colorado River:
Recognized by the Colorado Wildlife Commission as one of the select few "Gold Medal" fishing waters in the state, the Colorado River is one the most magnificent fishing rivers available and is one of Colorado's most outstanding freestone fisheries harboring large numbers of various trout species. Rainbows reach impressive sizes in the Colorado River and average 13-15' with many reaching 16-20+. The private one and a half miles of water known as Shepardsbend along the Colorado River provides a variety of technical challenges and is a favorite location for Anglers with any level of experience or those who are just learning the art of fly-fishing. The river contains broad sweeping riffles and deep pools providing some of the largest fish found anywhere in this watershed. The wading is easy, footing is good and rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout are the primary targets at Shepardsbend.
Fishing season begins with caddis and stoneflies in late May. Stonefly nymphs provide the nutrition the trout need to grow large by May. By June, Pale Morning Duns, Blue Wing Olives, Rusty Spinners, Green Drakes and more hatch.
The Colorado River has an abundance of hatches. Mayflies, caddis and stoneflies can all be found in excellent numbers and provide the diet and nutrition trout need to grow large, healthy and in great numbers. Multiple hatches often results in dry-fly action throughout the day. From late June to early July, adult salmon flies will emerge on the upper Colorado River. By August, terrestrials make for the kind of top-water action that many Anglers live for. Ants, beetles and hoppers easily find their way into the waters of the Colorado River. Tricos provide a challenge for those who like to catch big fish on tiny flies and provides a great deal of fun and excitement for experienced Anglers. In some years, the tricos hatch well into October providing excellent fishing well in the fall.
Shepardsbend: This exclusive spot on the Colorado River is so appealing it bares the owner's name. Andy Shepard spent many afternoons sight casting with dry flies to large bows lurking below undercut banks on his bend. Grasshopper patterns and droppers are a recipe for success.
Grady's Hole: Andy Shepard originally purchased the land Shepardsbend sits upon from a local rancher named Grady. The water widens at this original piece of land owned by Grady and is a point where the Colorado River's rocky bottom gives way to gravel and trouble-free wading. Technical dry fly fishing and sight casting to browns and bows bring success at this location.
VW Hole: The picturesque water is named from the aged car bodies that were placed long ago to stabilize the river's banks. Clouds of pale morning duns, blue-winged olives, and tricos fill the air creating ample opportunities for dry fly fishing. Increasing numbers of big browns lurk in this water and await the patient angler.
Shepardsbend was once a part of the Elktrout Lodge which operated for 27 years up through 2008. The fishing holes on Shepardsbend have always been considered the best fishable water in the Elktrout operation. Throughout it's time; Elktrout Lodge was endorsed by Orvis Outfitters and was named "Orvis Lodge of the Year" in 1999. It operated from May through September every year and was considered among a select group of lodges that met the high standards of an Orvis endorsement.
Utilities and Real Estate Taxes:
Electric is provided by Mountain Parks Electric, phone service is provide by Qwest, natural gas is provided by Excel Energy, water is by well and the sewer is septic with a leach field. Real estate taxes for the property for 2009 were $1,040.
Shepardsbend is available for $1,850,000 inclusive of all real estate, improvements, water rights and mineral rights subject to prior reservations.
SHEPARDSBEND ON THE COLORADO RIVER
Colorado - Grand County - Kremmling
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