North Fork of the North Platte - Upper Ranch C-62

Description: The Upper Wattenburg Ranch lies in a scenic valley between Mt. Zirkel Wilderness and Sheep Mountain. The North Fork in this region has seldom been fished, and it has a healthy population of rainbows and trout averaging 10-14 inches. The property also has a small pond, which is suitable for children.

Location: This property is located in northern Colorado, approximately 15 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

Water conditions were great but the fish population seemed to be down from past years. The water appears to be more silty than in the past, maybe from the cattle grazing. No cattle were seen on the property today. Three rainbows over 16" on black zonkers and 4 Cutthroats (6 to 10") on pheasant tails. No rising fish today. ~ Gary W -- August 18th, 2015

3 of us fished all day. The water level is great, high and clear. Few bugs flying as well as few fish rising. Hopper dropper rigs picked up more fish than streamers. No hogs but nice fish, mostly Browns. All nymphs picked up fish. Cattle did muddy the water from time to time. ~ Stu Stout -- July 29th, 2014

Beautiful property in North Park. Cloud cover and mild temperatures. Normally have chances at large fish here. Unfortunarly it looks like there has been a lot of traffic recently. Lots of boot prints in all the approach spots, even some fresh ones from the morning on the day we fished it. We caught some fish, but only one over 14". Tried all the previously successful flies and tactics, SJ worm worked the best. ~ M Vineyard -- August 12th, 2013

Great day, caught lots of 15-20" fish on WBs and hoppers. ~ Brian -- January 8th, 2013

Arrived at the tail end of a cold rainy night. Fresh snow on the peaks. Two of us began the morning at the lower boundary. Within the first 50 yards, we hooked and landed several 18 inch plus aggressive rainbow and browns on light colored sculpin patterns. This continued all morning. By midday, the sun made its appearance. With that, the trico and BWO started to come off the water. No real rise to speak of. We tried an ant-dropper combo. Caught one on the ant. Back to the streamers after a lull in the action. Finished the day on streamers. For the most part, the fish seemed to be holding tight next to or under the banks. We noted an occasional pair of big browns holding mid stream, not too interested in eating. The beavers are making a huge mess of the stream on the upper section. Looks like they are trying to dam it up for the winter. A beautiful fall day on one of the nicest stretches of river in the state. ~ npa5 -- September 28th, 2012

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