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

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

This stretch of the N. Fork is much slower than I expected. After reading previous reports we decided to start above the bridge. It was a cloudless, bright, blue bird day. Add that to a full moon and almost no bankside cover, it looked grimm. To be honest, I'm shocked we caught fish. This property is VERY difficult to navigate. VERY thick grass and willows. The river is also VERY muddy. There is no easy way around, so be prepared. Combine all of this together and the fish were really really spooky. Now the good news; we caught some fish. We tried just about everything and found that throwing a wooly booger right up against or on the undercut bank and letting it slowly swing against the bank would produce fish. It had to be inside of 6 inches of the bank or nothing. I only hooked and landed 2 fish on the day. The first one happened to be 18" and the second was 20". I'm still shocked that it wasn't a skunk day. My partner did a little better but with smaller fish. He landed 8 fish, one being 18", the rest in the 6" to 12" range. All our fish were rainbows. ~ Vic Walker -- August 25th, 2010

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