Fly fishing in Colorado’s high country has been exceptional as the runoff has receded and the rivers have cleared. The North Park area has been no exception.
Matt Jimenez, from North Park Anglers in Walden, joined me on my radio show last Saturday to update us on river conditions. Jimenez commented that the flows on the North Platte River have just come down and cleared and the walk/wade fishing is really coming on. The tributaries that run through the meadows in the area have seen enough rain to keep them cool and productive. Dry droppers like a hopper with a here’s ear or pheasant tail nymph have been doing well.
One of the great things about this area is the variety of trout available. On one day, while fishing with the crew from North Park Anglers. I almost had a grand slam. I had already caught brook trout, several large rainbows and cutthroat trout. All I needed was a brown trout, which can be your most common catch at times in the area. Towards the end of the day, I finally hooked up with a small brown, maybe five inches, but while I was landing it a 5-pound rainbow ate it. It was hard to be disappointed.
I asked Jimenez how the area lakes were fishing. He said anglers are having very good success fishing nymphs 10- to 20-feet deep under indicators early and late in the day. The Delaney Buttes reservoirs in particular were producing some very large fish.
Commonly known as “North Park,” Jackson County is a high, isolated, inter-mountain basin that lies in the northernmost tier of Colorado. North Park is one of the four major “parks” in Colorado and these major inter-mountain regions comprise some of the highest elevated, large areas of year-round agricultural settlements in North America.
North Park encompasses approximately 1,600 square miles; more than one million acres, and the elevation ranges from 7,800 feet in the valley floor to nearly 13,000 feet on surrounding peaks. This picturesque valley is surrounded by five designated…