Fishing the North Fork of the North Platte with the Beaver Creek Fire in the background.
As many of you know there’s a large forest fire burning 25 miles Northwest of Walden. The “Beaver Creek Fire” originated near Twisty Park which is just a few miles Northwest of Big Creek Lakes. So far the fire has burned close to 26,000 acres and is doing more good than harm. The fire is located in an area that is highly concentrated in beetle killed timber. With the overwhelming amount of fuel for this fire we expect this to burn until the snow arrives. To date the fire and smoke is not effecting any fishing in the valley. Our prevailing winds blow out of the Southwest which is blowing the smoke Northeast towards Laramie, WY. The only closures are Independence mountain, Big Creek lakes, and the Upper Encampment on the Colorado side. There’s a ton of up-to-date information on the following web site which is updated daily by the federal government. You can find this info at the following web site http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4797/. Get up here and go Fishing!
We’re headed to Dallas, TX. to set up a booth at the Dallas Safari Club Convention. The show starts Thursday January 7th and runs through Sunday the 10th. For nearly three decades, Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention has set the standard for sporting enthusiasts from around the world. This year’s Traditions promises to be the most successful convention yet.
More than 30,000 outdoors-men and women will attend our four-day exposition Jan. 7-10 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Hotel Dallas. While here, they’ll bid in our silent and live auctions for the world’s finest wilderness experiences and sporting equipment, marvel at our wildlife displays, and visit the booths of hundreds of exhibitors from local shops to African hunting lodges.
Best of all, Traditions will raise thousands to benefit wildlife conservation and DSC and Dallas Ecological Foundation’s education programs. Plan to be here!
January 7-10, 2016
- Thursday 9 am – 5:30 pm
- Friday 9 am – 5:30 pm
- Saturday 9 am – 5:30 pm
- Sunday 9 am – 3 pm
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S Griffin St Dallas, TX 75202-5098 (214) 939-2700
For more information visit there website at: biggame.org/convention/
The “Fly Fishing Show” is coming to Colorado this weekend in Denver at the Merchandise Mart. The show starts Friday January 9th at 10:00 am. We’re setting up a booth and representing everything North Park has to offer. Below we’ve listed info on location, show hours, and tickets. Fish On! NPA
Friday (Jan 9) 10am – 6pm
Saturday (Jan 10) 9am – 5:30
Sunday (Jan 11) 9am – 4:30
The Denver Mart is located 10 minutes north of downtown Denver, Colorado, at I-25 and 58th Avenue, Exit #215, and is 30 minutes from Denver International Airport (DIA)
The Show is held in the Pavilion Building of the Mart.
$15 for one day,
$25 for two-day pass,
$35 for three-day pass;
Children under 5 free, under 12: $2
Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
Active Military with ID: $10
For more info about the Fly Fishing Show check out there website at: http://flyfishingshow.com/denver-co
Fish Stocking? Do we do it? Where do we do it? How and why we do it? These questions are always coming up and we wanted to share with you, our valued members, what our stocking practice is and how we manage our fisheries. First of all yes we do stock. With that being said, we don’t stock all the waters, we only stock the lakes and few different stretches of river where we feel the systems can support more fish. Since our lakes are not self-sustaining fisheries we have to supplementally stock fish each year. The fish we stock in the lakes and streams are small 10-14 inches and will generally live 4-6 years in our waters. Our strategy with stocking is simple. We want to introduce fish into our waters when they are small so they can grow up and learn to survive by eating the natural foods that are available to them. We do not stock “Big Fish”. Our big fish are generally wild browns or rainbows that have been in the waters for 6 plus years. Most of the streams on the property are left alone and are wild brown and rainbow trout fisheries.
All of our fish come from the same hatchery in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. We have built a relationship with a small operation that grows fish in ponds that are spring fed and 38 degrees year round. The fish are very healthy and eat bugs from birth which is a great advantage to us when stocking them in our waters. We have constructed our own stocking truck so we can drive out to the hatchery to load fish then bring them back and stock them ourselves. This has been a great advantage for us because we are hands on stocking fish making sure they get to the correct waters and that all the fish are released properly. Our truck is much lighter and better equipped to get to some of the remote lakes and streams that we have on the club property making it possible for us to keep expanding our fisheries. Each year we pay close attention the health and quality of our fisheries and we’ll keep working hard to make this fishing club great for our members.
Welcome to another great season in North Park at the fishing club. We have a bumper Snow pack providing great water for the coming summer. We expect to have a great float season on the North Platte as well as awesome flows on the surrounding streams. With big snow comes big run off and we’re excited to see our streams get a nice scrub from the high water providing a cleaner streambed for the fish and the bugs. usually high water years support better hatches and bigger fish. It should be a great year!
We have added three new streamside cabins this year. They’re all located on the Canadian ranch. The “Lodge”, “Bunkhouse”, and “Schoolhouse” will all be great additions to the membership. Soon we’ll add pictures to the website and FB page for you to view. Remember the streamside cabins are a lot like camping. They do not have running water or bathrooms. they do have beds, electricity, and heat but you must bring your own sleeping bags and water to ensure a comfortable stay. The cabins are all located streamside and offer the most stunning views of the different mountain ranges surrounding the park.
The new membership books are almost done. The new books will have waterproof maps of all the properties along with a ton of information regarding the club and the valley. We expect to get a new book to each member by May 1st.
It’s going to be a great year and we can’t wait to see all of you up here enjoying the club. Fish On! NPAFFC
It’s a pretty good sign that fall’s approaching when we start thinking about Blue Winged Olives. The BWO (Blue Winged Olive) is one of our favorite bugs. BWO’s are many species that are squeezed into three mayfly genera, Baetis, Pseudocloeon, and Diphetor. Snooty fly fishermen and wise entomologist are very particular about this but for the simple reason that tactics and appearance for the different species are nearly the same, we’ll lump them all into one group called BWO.
The BWO’s are tiny mayflies that are rarely absent from the stream and can’t be found in lakes. Hatches in North Park along the North Platte River and some of its tributaries can begin as early as March and continue through May, then start up again in September and last until the end of October or early November.
Nymphs live in all sections of the stream and seem to hatch in riffles and runs but the slower moving water holds the largest populations of nymphs. Because these nymphs like to eat “all day, everyday” they often drift short distances in the current trying to find a new homes making subsurface fishing a very effective tactic even while the hatch is not happening. Most nymphs will do this early and late in the day or anytime there in cloud cover and tough weather.
Hatches generally start early in the afternoon around 1-2pm and are best on cloudy/ rainy days. If conditions are right hatches can last for 3-4 hours. Wind can be tough on the bugs making it hard for them to get back to the water to lay eggs thus hard for fish to eat them. A cool cloudy/rainy day with light winds is the recipe for an epic BWO hatch.
After mating the female spinners will return to the water to lay eggs. The different species have different methods of laying eggs making a plethora of fishing tactics work. The most common forms of BWO’s laying eggs can be described in two simple ways. The first form of BWO will dive into the water like a Caddis swimming to the bottom of the stream to clinch onto rocks and deposit eggs. Before entering the water they will fill their wings with gasses that will propel them back to the surface after they lay eggs. The second form of BWO crawls just below the surface and deposit their eggs on the downstream side of rocks, sticks, or logs. Both forms stimulate great subsurface fishing that can best be imitated by swinging a wet fly either just under the surface or weighted a few feet below.
During a BWO hatch it’s definitely most fun to fish a Dun or cripple high on the water giving the angler a super cool visual when the fish takes. However, as the hatch gets into full swing a wet fly imitation will probably always put more fish in the net.
A few Patterns we like:
Duns: BWO Ext Body#16-20, Para BWO #16-20
Cripple: Last Chance BWO #16-20, BWO Cripple #16-20
Soft Hackles: Hare’s Ear #16-20, Ph Tail #16-20
Ask most fly fishermen why they like the sport so much and many of them will tell you that it’s about the solitude. It’s about getting away from the rat race and connecting with nature. It’s about clearing your mind and having time to just think. However, as the sport has grown in popularity, the once secluded, peaceful rivers have become as crowded as a Home Depot checkout line with guys waiting all day to get the opportunity to fish the best holes. In addition to the crowds, over fishing has caused streams and rivers that were once teaming with trout to drop to just a few healthy fish per mile. Serious fishermen looking to find conditions like the old days have given up on over-fished public waters and standing shoulder-to-shoulder on crowded banks in favor of private lakes, streams and rivers.
Catering to serious sportsmen who see their time with nature as nothing short of spiritual, fly fishing clubs know they have a tall order to fill. Their members pay dues for much more than the opportunity to fish top-quality streams.
Beyond pristine waters, members of fly fishing clubs also seek dream fulfillment; the kind of day on the water that yields moment after moment of euphoria, excitement and enjoyment. The kind of day that finds them angling from sun up to sun down, never realizing that the day has slipped away. It’s an escape from the everyday grind.
What is the purpose of fly fishing clubs? In short, to create the penultimate fly fishing experience. At the end of the day, members never walk away thinking, “You know, that was a pretty good day out there.” They think, “Man. It’s going to be hard to top that,” and then the next day, they head out to the stream again… and top it.
With August here that means Trico’s. We’ve had all summer to get our game face on and now it’s time to see who’s ready. Trico’s are very small which makes trout super fussy and to master this hatch you must be at the top of your game. Are you ready? If not, that’s okay, we’re here to help.
The Trico (genus Tricorythodes) is the smallest of the mayfly family usually a size 18-24. They hatch from late July through the month of August. They’re of the crawler type and live mostly in rivers and favor slow water that has silt covered bottoms. The nymphs are not important to trout but the duns and spinners are. Males have black bodies and thorax with clear wigs and the females have grayish or olive bodies with a black thorax and clear wings. Trico’s have 2 emergence’s a day. The males hatch in the evening and females hatch in the mornings. The males will spend the night hanging out in stream-side vegetation waiting for the females to emerge. The male trico will spend the night as duns and turn to spinners in the early mornings where females turn to spinners almost immediately after hatching. In the mornings the males wait around in the trees, shrubs, and grasses until the females hatch. As the females begin to emerge the males will join them and clouds of tricos begin to swarm looking like a cloud of smoke over the river. This event is where males and females fly around in great masses searching for their mate. After mating the females will head to the water to lay eggs as the males will just fall in the water and die. This creates a ridiculous amount of food for the trout to feed on.
During the hatch it’s usually best to fish a bigger dry fly that you can see such as a Parachute Adams, Lime Trude, or Royal Coachmen, and follow it with a trico spinner pattern. We really like to focus on the female spinners early in the hatch as the trout really key in on the egg laying females. Later in the morning when the females are all done the fish will switch and begin to key in on the spent males. Most of the time the males aren’t perfect spinners as they’re death is usually results in a crash landing. With that being said a black RS2 or a sunken trico will usually do the trick especially if the fish seem to be shying away from surface. To fish this hatch you must use a 9-12 ft 6-7X leader.
Here in North Park the Trico hatch is very good on all stretches of the North Platte. Our spinner falls are generally from 9am-noon and are best on days the wind is not blowing too hard. The best dry fly activity is during the spinner fall and the last hour of daylight each day.
A few flies we recommend are: Spinners #18-24 Poly Wing Trico Olive or Black, Organza Trico Spinner Olive or Black, CDC Trico Spinner Olive or Black. Duns: CDC Thorax Emerger Black, CDC Thorax Dun Black, Cannon’s Bunny Dun Trico Black….
Are you familiar with every boulder and every seam in your local river but you still find yourself yearning to fish those unknown, undiscovered spots just around the bend, those spots that are out of reach because they’re behind those “No Trespassing” signs?
Exclusivity. Solitude. A fishing experience unmatched by any other.
This is why private fly fishing clubs like The North Park Anglers exist: To provide the feeling of having spent hours fishing your own private trout stream surrounded by miles of serene views, no distractions or interruptions.
It’s just you, your rod, and a day on the water seemingly scripted straight from your wildest dreams.
Your membership in our private fly fishing club grants you private trout-fishing opportunities across 50 miles of rivers and streams and 7 lakes in North Park (Jackson County) Colorado from April 1 to October 31. Our stream-side cabins are within casting distance of the river. Our days begin 30 minutes before sunrise and end 30 minutes past sunset.
We keep our membership limit capped at 65, ensuring that your experience is everything you’d expect when you think of private fly fishing. Club members rave about the quality, the solitude and the privacy—the very reasons sportsmen like you vie to become a part of it.
It’s time to stop chasing that perfect day on the water; it’s waiting for you here at The North Park Anglers Fly Fishing Club.
If you’re like our other members, maybe it’s because you’re getting fed up with the increasing crowds that are taking over what used to be your pristine, quiet stretch of river. It’s fair enough. You’ve been fishing that hole for years. It feels like it’s yours. Then when you come around the bend and see that someone else is already there, it’s frustrating.
Or maybe you’re like some of our other members who have yearned to cross those “No Trespassing” signs that hang on the barbed-wire fences at the river’s edge. Have you always wondered what it looks like just around the curve. You’ve memorized every twist and turn of the river. You know where every submerged log is. You know where the eddies are during the spring runoff and where the fish congregate in the late summer months when the stream flows drop. But despite all of your familiarity with this river, you’ve never seen that portion that lies beyond the fence. That curiosity is killing you.
No matter what your reasons, most fly fishermen can agree on one thing, fishing pressure has caused many of the once-great rivers to lose their magic. Those areas that once held lunkers in those deep holes, now seem to be empty. Sportsmen in search of the fishing experience like they remember from years gone by are flocking to private fishing clubs because they know that that is the answer to all of their frustrations.
Members of fly fishing clubs stretch their angling muscles into new territory, abandoning over-crowded banks and over-fished waters for an atmosphere of tranquility and solitude. Are you ready?