Fishing Season: April 1-November 30

North Platte River - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Temperature 66°



Water Temp:


North Park Anglers's Tip of the Week

The river is on the lower side this time of year. Flows are currently running around 200 cfs. At this flow, wade fishing is the only way to approach the river. Early mornings and late evenings have been best. Look for PMD, Caddis, and Trico's. Use dry/ Dropper rigs while nymphing and double dry fly rigs when fish are looking up.

Directions open in app

Map of North Platte River

Water Flow Data

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

North Park Anglers

5-Day Outlook as of 7/16/24

The weather looks to be bringing nice mornings and thunderstorms in the afternoons. With lower flows and summer weather, look to fish the rivers early in the morning until midday. The best fishing will be early, and the water temps may get too warm by the middle of the afternoon.

Techniques & Tips as of 7/16/24

Dry/ Dropper and double dry fly setups. 9 Foot 3-4X leaders. Look for fish to be holding in the riffles and seams.

Local Species Available April 1-November 30

  • Fish Icon


North Park Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Stimulator Yellow 8-12
Pale Morning Dun Thorax PMD 14-18
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig PH Tail 18-20
TH 20 Incher Black 8-12
TH Thin Mint Black 8-10
Jigged Hare's Ear Hare's Ear 10-12
Elk Wing Caddis Tan 14-16
T.H. Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa Green 16
Soft Hackle PT Pheasant Tail 14-18
Pats Rubberleg Black 6-10


Image Not Found

North Park Anglers's Recommended Gear

Description: About North Platte River

North Platte River North Park is home to the true headwaters of the North Platte River. Draining more than a half of a dozen rivers from the surrounding mountain ranges, the North Platte is a tremendous trout fishery with several distinct sections along its length. Through North Park and Walden, the North Platte is a meandering meadow river with wide riffles, slow deep pools, and steep undercut banks. On the rivers northward course it enters the rugged Northgate Canyon near the Colorado/Wyoming state line. This section is designated as Gold Medal Wild Trout water. Pugnacious rainbows and secretive brown trout inhabit these waters. Numerous caddis, stonefly, and mayfly hatches can provide fast-paced fishing action. In summer, thick grasshopper populations inhabit the meadows, and a good hopper pattern cast against a deep bank can result in heart-stopping strikes.

Nearest Airport:

Jackson County in Walden... Hayden near Steamboat Springs, CO.


PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Golden Stoneflies, Caddis, Dragonflies, Tricos

Best Time to Fish:

Early Morning

Best Stretch:

North Gate Canyon

Best Access:

Routt, Six Mile Gap, Prospect Creek, Douglas Creek