Head over to the Mountain Khakis blog to read my latest blog post “Fly Fishing Adventures in the Vail Valley,” where I discuss some of the unbelievably fun fishing on Hardscrabble Mountain Ranch.  As you’ll read, the ranch’s 2.5 miles of Brush Creek is some of the most coveted private water in the Vail Valley, and it has rarely been fished.  The combination of its healthy riparian ecosystem and lack of fishing pressure makes it a unique, productive, and fun brown trout fishery.

Fly Fishing Adventures in the Vail Valley

Also, if you haven’t already, check out the 4-minute video we produced about fishing on the ranch.  We follow a local guide as he fishes the creek for the first time and manages to snag a beautiful, nice-sized brown.

 

We just released our new video for Hardscrabble Mountain Ranch that focuses exclusively on the ranch’s private fishing.  It was a blast to film, and I think it came out well.  Enjoy!

Fly-Fishing on Brush Creek

 

I’m excited to finally release the new promotional video for Hardscrabble Mountain Ranch!  After two long days of filming, one crashed drone, dodging two intense lightening storms, and lots of false casts with my fly rod, the video is complete.  Special thanks to Will Fowler at Camera Head Media for all his hard work and artistry– I think the video tells the story of the ranch perfectly!

I’m very excited to announce my newest listing, the 1,516-acre Hardscrabble Mountain Ranch located just south of Eagle, Colorado.  It truly is a one-of-a-kind property: 2.5 miles of private fishing, trophy hunting, hay production, and adjoining BLM land, all located 7 miles from the Eagle County Airport and a short distance from Vail and Beaver Creek.

Head over to the Mirr Ranch Group website for all the details:

Hardscrabble Mountain Ranch

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Cover Shot!

Thanks to lots of wildflowers, a few horses, and a beautiful sunrise, one of my shots of Promontory Ranch scored the cover of Open Fence’s fall edition.

This past weekend, my wife and I spent a classic Colorado weekend in one of my favorite valleys in all of the American West – The Upper Arkansas River Valley.

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On Saturday night, we attended the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust’s (“CCALT”) annual Sunset BBQ.  This year the event was held on the historic Hutchinson Ranch, just outside of Salida, CO.  The Hutchinson Ranch has been owned by the same family since the 1860s (seven generations!) and was recently preserved by a CCALT conservation easement, ensuring that it will remain a rural working landscape in perpetuity.  Great people, excellent food, in a wonderful western setting.  For more info, head to the Mirr Ranch Group blog: Ranch Brokers Attend Conservation Events

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After the BBQ, we drove up the valley past Buena Vista, took a right up into the Sawatch Range via the Clear Creek drainage, and camped out for the night on the banks of Clear Creek.  The next morning, we began hiking up Missouri Gulch with the goal of summiting the 14,197-foot Mt. Belford.  Fall was definitely in the air as we ascended toward timberline, with some of the aspens already beginning to change.  There was some fresh snow above 13,000 feet, and it was chilly enough up top that we had to wear gloves, warm hats, and light jackets on the summit.  Despite the cooling temperatures, the valley floor was still green and lush with grass and wildflowers.

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Another perfect Colorado weekend that combined conservation, ranches, and time up high in the big mountains!

Promontory Ranch – Late Summer

Follow the link below to check out an album of some of my new photos from Crested Butte’s Promontory Ranch:

Promontory Ranch – Late Summer

Red Hill in Summer

Late last week, I stopped by the Red Hill Ranch to shoot a few new photos.  Despite it being mid-August, the ranch is surprisingly green and lush with deep grass and wildflowers.  Follow the link below to see some of the best photos from the day.

Red Hill Ranch – August 2014

Phantom Lake in Summer

Click below to check out an album of photos from my most recent trip to Phantom Lake Ranch:

Phantom Lake Ranch – Summer 2014

Sunrise over Phantom Lake

This morning’s sunrise over Phantom Lake Ranch.