Trip Report for The North Fork Ranch September 6, 2006

Date: September 6, 2006

Location: North Fork Guest Ranch on the South Platte River.Fly fishing close to Denver. Call 303-325-5515 for availability and ookings.

Number of Anglers: 1

Guide: Tad Howard

Weather: Beautiful weather; sunny mid 70’s

River Condition: Water temps mid 50’s in the morning to 60 in the afternoon. Water flow at 78 cfs.  Good visibility.

The day started out great.  Lower water has exposed many big fish that were previously undetected under this summer’s high flows.  The action began as soon as we stepped in the river.  Within the first 20 minutes we had several good hookups, and broke a fly rod on a very nice fish, we eventually landed.  After grabbing a back-up rod the day progressed magically.

Almost every good pool and riffle produced savage strikes, and Joe did a great job of bringing many big boys to the net.  Dry flies with
droppers, as well as nymph rigs, produced consistently.  After the tasty North Fork Ranch lunch, the action really heated up.  The first
run we fished produced 3 hookups with fish over 5 pounds as well as a couple of smaller fish.  Soon after, the biggest 2 bows of the day
came to hand.  Both the fish were exceptional trout specimens, with great color and large girths.

Countless more trout came to hand throughout the afternoon.  Mostly rainbow trout with a few cut-bows, and even a couple pretty brown trout found their way into the net.

Fishing should be very good on the North Fork as well as at most of our fly fishing locations as we progress into the fall.  September and
October usually provide us with some outstanding fly fishing (and great dry fly action) so come give fall fly fishing in Colorado a try!

The big fish of the day: 23 3/4 inch monster

Fish responsible for a broken rod. Nice male bow.

The day of the rainbow trout.

Great underwater trout release picture.

Another big trout.