South Platte, Middle Fork A-11

Description: This 1 1/4 mile stretch of the Middle Fork of the South Platte averages 20 to 25 feet in width and and contains good numbers of browns and rainbows ranging from 9 to 13 inches. Some larger browns can also be caught, especially during the months of September and October.

Location: The ranch is located 3.1 miles north of Hartsel, approximately 1 1/2 hours SW of Denver.

Capacity: Limited to 2 anglers.

To make a reservation call 303-421-6239 or 1-800-524-1814.

Rate Notes:

Rates:
Weekday
Adult
$60.00
Weekday
Adult 1/2 Day
Weekday
Adult Aftn.
$45.00
Weekday
Child
NP
Weekday
Youth
$45.00
Weekday
Youth 1/2 Day
Weekday
Youth Aftn.
$33.75
Weekend
Adult
$60.00
Weekend
Adult 1/2 Day
Weekend
Adult Aftn.
$45.00
Weekend
Child
NP
Weekend
Youth
$45.00
Weekend
Youth 1/2 Day
Weekend
Youth Aftn.
$33.75

Property Log Book Comments

First trip to A11 but definitely not the last. Weather near Hartsel was much better than in Denver as we had partly cloudy skies and temps around 50. Started around 10 and experienced immediate success using tan hopper and red copper john. Caught several browns and rainbows up to 17 inches on both the surface and the nymph. At 1:30, a storm blew in with rain, hail, and heavy wind. Only lasted about 45 mins but the fishing turned off immediately. We caught a few after the storm passed but the activity slowed tremendously. The big browns have moved up into this stretch and we were able to get a couple to turn on a copper colored streamer. No hook-ups but exciting to see. ~ B.H. -- October 2nd, 2014


Partner and I fished from 9-4. Hoppers (small) were the name of the game. Never went down except with small WB in the afternoon. 30+ fish between the 2 of us. Mostly fat bows to 18" - partner a strong Brown at 20"+. Water good at about 50cfs. ~ BillJ -- September 12th, 2014


Another great day on the Middle Fork. Water was high, around 220 CFS, but fairly clear. Fished all day until about 6 pm. Was a 30 plus fish day with two browns over 20" at about 3 lbs and three bows about the same. All fish caught on a Green Pat's Rubber Leggs #10. No hatches to speak of and of course the rain came in the afternoon. ~ Russ Laurier -- July 15th, 2014


Nice day in S. Park. Flows good at 60 after rains. Started with small caddis even though no risers. Not much action. Went to hopper/dropper ( green copper John) Fish started to hit hopper so removed dropper. Several small fish ( 6-10") on hopper- largest 15" feisty bow. Hooked a couple larger but Lost. Fished from upper boundary down on bugger - couple of 15" bows and one brown. Fish pretty spooky -think the property getting a lot of pressure from other fishing group compared to previous years. A great place to spend the day- lots of fish and beautiful surroundings. ~ Bill Jameson -- September 4th, 2013


I was surprised to find the flows still somewhat brisk through this property. There was no real hatch to speak of, so I spent some time trying to figure out what the fish were eating. Tried everything, including stimis, ants, nymphs, streamers, rubber legs, surface, deep... What seemed to be most productive was a bushy hand tied Ausable Wolf pattern. Nothing like catching fish on a big dry fly! The only problem was that many of the fish that hit the fly were too small to take the hook! This property has so much variability; deep pockets, cut banks, shallow riffles. With nothing in particular being the ticket, the urge is to keep changing between dry, nymphing and stripping. That gets old! I think there were big fish that were hunkered down deeper than the dry- dropper could reach in those bigger holes. That said, the dry fly action on the Wolf was steady enough. Lots of 8-12 inch browns and rainbows. The prize was a nice 18 inch brown that was in a shallow riffle. Over all, this is a nice ranch property with a beautiful, well structured stream worth a visit. ~ npa5 -- July 10th, 2013


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