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

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


Fished from 8-5:30. Stream was flowing around 40 cfs. Day started off sunny with clouds moving in around lunch time. Fished the lower half of the property in the morning and the upper half in the afternoon. Fished streamers, san juan worms, pheasant tails, and hoppers. All worked at various times during the day, pretty consistent action throughout the day. Hoppers worked good in the afternoon. I didn’t even bother with a dropper, still managed to bring some nice browns to the surface. Caught a good mix of browns and rainbows. Rainbows between 12-16” and browns between 6-18”. Fun day! ~ Lowcountrymountaineer -- July 8th, 2013


Gorgeous day on a great property with lots of stream improvements! Was impressed by all the structure added to create better habitat for large fish. Alas those fish did not cooperate today. Rained a ton the night before so already high water was a little higher and off colored, fish acted accordingly. Flows were about 180 CFS and ideal for this property is probably 80-120. Gauge is right on site so easy to check before going. Three of us fished the entire stretch from 9 AM - 3:30 PM. Only 15 fish to net for us combined so tough day. Largest were 12 inch browns. I know there's plenty of larger fish here and we tried many, many patterns - most taken on s16 psycho prince and even smaller BH pheasant tail. Got flashes on indicators but nothing would come up to look at orange/yellow stimis. Tried San Juans and large yellow stonefly nymphs but no takers. Even Emerger patterns got no love. Tough day but will fish again when water is lower. Ranch managers very nice and suggested red copper johns way down with San Juan and tons of weight in bigger holes. Tried that for 30 minutes still no response. ~ MWooster -- July 7th, 2013


Two of us fished on a partly sunny/cloudy day.,high 60's low 70's. The water was running about 44 CFS and clear. We had a great day. In the AM we fished the lower stretch below bridge and on first cast my son caught a nice 14" rainbow on a #14 olive elk hair caddis. I nymphed using a #16 bead headed prince nymph and a # 20 flash back Barr's nymph. We both caught a 10-12 healthy rainbows,12-14" and several browns 6-8". In the afternoon we fished above the bridge and had similar luck each of us catching several rainbows in the 14-18" range. I switched to a small #14 hopper pattern and had good success and my son continued using the #14 olive elk hair caddis and was just as successful. Later in afternoon the action on top shut off and we switched to nymphs.#14-16 prince nymphs and #20 Barr's nymph and pheasant tails. A terrific day, each of caught 40+ fish! Met Gary & Jane Brightbill, the Santa Marie Ranch Managers. They were very friendly and we had some a nice visit. It is really evident they are passionate about the ranch and maintain it very well. ~ Jack Gillum -- August 18th, 2012


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