Flying Fish Hook Ranch

Donated by Ed Opler in 2007, the Flying Fish Hook Ranch encompasses 1,528 acres along Silver Creek in Boulder. The property connects two other conserved properties, Silver Creek Ranch and the ‘Nother Mile Ranch. It borders BLM land to the north, east, and south. This incredible ranch contains significant riparian area and hay meadows, and is currently leased to neighboring ranchers for grazing.

The property contains over two miles of Silver Creek, and lies along the 150 mile Red Desert to Hoback mule deer migration route. Mr. Opler reports seeing 200-300 mule deer a day on the property during their migration, and also sees moose, elk, pronghorn, ermine, mountain lion, rainbow, cutbow, brown, cutthroat, and brook trout, sage grouse, ruffed grouse, and spruce grouse, and all kinds of raptors (harriers, redtail hawks, prairie falcons, peregrines, great horned owls, etc.) on the property. He has done extensive rehabilitation work on the fishery in Silver Creek, which is a tributary of the East Fork River.