Fishing Season: April 1-November 30

North Platte River - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

34

North Park Anglers's Tip of the Week

The river is currently flowing at 66cfs. The last few snow storms have been keeping the flows up a bit, but the colder weather is moving in quick and we expect the river to freeze up soon. Water temps have been in the low to mid 30s.

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North Park Anglers

5-Day Outlook as of 11/18/21

The weather is supposed to be cold this week. We expect the river to start to freeze up through the week. Fishing will be best late in the afternoon around 2:00-4:00 PM.

Techniques & Tips as of 11/18/21

Nymph rigs with Caddis, Golden Stones, and bwo nymphs. Focus on fishing deep slow holes where the fish are stacking up for the winter

Current Conditions as of 11/18/21

The weather is supposed to be cold this week. We expect the river to start to freeze up through the week. Fishing will be best late in the afternoon around 2:00-4:00 PM.

Local Species Available April 1-November 30

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    Trout

North Park Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
TH 20 Incher Black 18-22
Bead Head Barr Emerger BWO 16-20
Bead Head Caddis Pupa Natural 12-16
Spotlight Caddis Emerger Tan 14-18
TH Thin Mint Black 8-10
Jigged Hare's Ear Hare's Ear 10-12
Blue Wing Olive Parachute BWO 16-20
Indicator Spinner - Trico Trico 18-22
Soft Hackle PT Pheasant Tail 14-18
Gold Ribbed Bead Head Hares Ear Hares Ear 14-20

TH 20 Incher

Big trout can't resist these deadly stonefly nymphs.

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.

Hatches:

Blue Winged Olive, Golden Stone, Eggs

Best Time to Fish:

2:00-4:00 PM.

Best Stretch:

North Gate Canyon

Best Access:

Routt, Six Mile Gap, Prospect Creek, Douglas Creek