C-61 N. Fork, N. Platte

By July 21, 2013

North Fork of the North Platte - Lower Ranch C-61

Description: The Wattenburg Ranch has 1½ miles of the North Fork of the North Platte, which is one of the best mid-sized waters leased by RMAC. There are many browns and rainbows averaging 10 to 16 inches, with a few larger ones approaching five pounds.

Location: This property is located in northern Colorado, approximately 8 miles west of Walden.

Capacity: Limited to 3 anglers. A higher number is permitted if in one group.

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

Rate Notes:

Adult 1/2 Day
Adult Aftn.
Youth 1/2 Day
Youth Aftn.

Property Log Book Comments

Amazingly huge fish. largest was a 26" rainbow that i was a able to sight fish to - amazing. Fished 8-3pm and then 5-8 pm. The fields were still being irrigated, with water returning to the channel in the bottom half of the property. the upper half was quite shallow and when fishing it later in the day was not nearly as productive as the bottom half of the property which had irrigation returning back into the channel. A number of large fish were holding right in the irrigation return flows into the main channel. Fished black buggers most of the day hard against the banks or in the middle of the channel where flows focused together. Truly amazing fishing with >30 fish and more than 12 fish in the 19-24" range. Not much happening on dries - except early in the morning where I few fish took caddis or a trico trailer. Lots of mosquitos - so be ready. Be sure to hike all the way down to the bottom of the property and work up - it is great water down there with big bends. ~ Paul W -- July 23rd, 2016

Fished C-61 in the afternoon. The wind was blowing 30+ mph gusts, so made fishing difficult. Started off on lower lease and landed 4 browns right away from 8" to 15". Fishing went slow after that and we were blown off the river. Saw several large fish, but they were real spooky. Left and came back at about 6pm and fished until dark. No more luck. There were rises in the evening. Caught all fish on nymphs, green copper john and red zebra midge. 3 of us fished the water when we could and didn't do very well. ~ Dave C. -- October 17th, 2011

Water is still high and a bit more off color than normal. The banks are still a mess due to the water being over the banks for months. 3 of us fished hard all day with streamers mostly. Tried a Hopper/dropper rig also with no strikes on either. Saw 1 big fish rise but few bugs coming off. We only netted 4 fish, 2 were nice sized Rainbows/Donaldson Steelheads and 2 were smaller Browns. The water above the bridge is still in good shape as there is lots of holding water. Remember to bring your bug spray as there is still standing water in the fields. ~ Stu Stout -- August 22nd, 2011

Very beautiful property, fished the lower section,very hot and very windy water is still very high hard to get around because the water has just went back in its banks, very muddy and the mosquitoes love it. Fished streamers and hoppers did not see any fish or catch any fish, but I will be back. Apparently the upper stretch is better. The owner is very nice. ~ Chef -- August 19th, 2011

Bluebird day, started at 11 am, water much lower than in August. I had such a good day here on August 1 that I had to go back. Despite the water being lower, still had good results using essentially the same tactics. Above the bridge, the only difference was going further upstream to where the deeper pools now are. They fish are podded up, but once I found them, over 15 hit the green copper john from about 10 am - 1 pm. Over 1/2 were 20" or larger, and the biggest was a 'bow of about 25" that jumped like mad. Great fun. See my Aug 1 report for more details. Went down to fish the lower river because while it was low and a struggle to get to (through the grasses), it just looks SOOOOOOO good. And, to my surprise, it fished really well too! Caught 10 or so more, and surprisingly (give the size of the eagles flying around) the best fish were sitting in pretty shallow water, right in the stream. I used a para adams and a hopped, and took browns from the banks, and 'bows from the riffles....including three over 20". One seemed to jump out of the much on top of my fly (rather than coming up underneath), scared the heck out of me. I LOVE this property. ~ Steve Fitzgerald -- September 9th, 2010

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