Fishing Season: April 1-November 30

North Platte River - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

46

North Park Anglers's Tip of the Week

The North Platte is open but is on the rise and off-color.

Directions open in app

Map of North Platte River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

North Park Anglers

5-Day Outlook as of 5/3/21

The weather is supposed to warm up dramatically this week. That should bump the flow and water temps making fishing a little tough.

Techniques & Tips as of 5/3/21

Nymphing stoneflies, worms, and midges in the deeper pools. As the water warms up we should see BWO's and Balck stones starting to hatch.

Current Conditions as of 5/3/21

The weather is supposed to warm up dramatically this week. That should bump the flow and water temps making fishing a little tough.

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):
RS2 Black 18-22
Tunghead Prince Prince 14-16
Bead Head Caddis Pupa Natural 12-16
Vernille San Juan Worm Red 10-12
TH Thin Mint Black 8-10
Jigged Hare's Ear Hare's Ear 10-12
T.H. Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa Hare's Ear 14-16
Blue Winged Olive BWO 16-20
Soft Hackle PT Pheasant Tail 14-18
Gold Ribbed Bead Head Hares Ear Hares Ear 14-20

RS2

A must have emerger fly pattern for any trout fisherman.

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:

Midges, BWO's, and Black Stoneflies

Best Time to Fish:

9-5

Best Stretch:

North Gate Canyon

Best Access:

Routt, Six Mile Gap, Prospect Creek, Douglas Creek