North Park Anglers, CO

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Walden, Colorado

North Park Anglers, CO

Overview

Adjacent to the Continental Divide in scenic northern Colorado, North Park (Jackson County) offers a unique diversity of angling opportunities unlike anywhere else. Entirely surrounded by snowcapped peaks, the headwaters of the famed North Platte River are born, feeding this fertile high mountain valley with trout-rich waters. High alpine lakes and creeks, small streams, meadow streams, freestone rivers, rugged canyons, and trophy stillwaters are all within close proximity. With less than one resident per square mile, North Park boasts over 1 million acres of un-crowded beauty assuring visitors an experience where solitude is the cornerstone of your adventure. Find yourself at tree line sight casting to a big cutthroat, or on a meadow stream belly crawling for position on a huge wild brown trout. Here, the fishing opportunities are as endless as the seclusion. The adventure awaits - just get here!

Located in Walden, Colorado at the center of North Park's diverse and exciting fishing opportunities, North Park Anglers takes pride in providing only the best equipment, flies, and advice from experienced guides who live and fish throughout the North Park region. Whether you are a first-time visitor to North Park, or have been fishing the area your entire life, our staff of friendly, knowledgeable guides can offer you indispensable tips and techniques for landing that trophy trout you've always dreamed about. So next time you come to fish North Park, stop by and see us, whether it be for a new fly rod, some flies, or just to check the fishing report and listen to some local fish stories.

Date Range

April 1 - November 30

What is Provided to Customer

Our trips are all-inclusive. Rods, reels, waders, and boots are here for you to use. We also provide flies, terminal tackle, lunches, drinks, and transportation. All you need to do is get here.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

At 8,100 feet in elevation, North Park, a huge picturesque valley located in northern Colorado, is surrounded by five designated wilderness areas and plentiful National Forest lands that are speckled with high alpine lakes and streams, not footprints. These waters thrive with native cutthroats and brook trout that are eager to take a fly and unaccustomed to the presence of humans. Long, cold winters bring above-average snow pack, which ensures ample water throughout the season to the waters below. The smaller high country streams combine to create the meadow streams or tributary streams that flow out of the foothills and into the meadows. As the gradient reduces, water slows and begins meandering through willow-lined hay meadows. Never-ending oxbows, overhanging willows, and deep-cut banks are the hiding places of much larger specimens including wild browns and feisty rainbows. Anglers find that larger offerings are what it takes to entice these elusive fish; leave your light tippets and micro flies at home because here it's “go big or go home.” Once the meadow streams combine, a world-class fishery is born, the North Platte. Two distinct sections within miles of each other make this river unique. In the valley, the river characteristics consist of a slow meandering meadow river with classic wide riffles and deep runs. On the river's journey northward it tumbles into the spectacular Northgate Canyon near the Wyoming/Colorado state line where steep canyon walls, boulder fields, and dreamy dry-fly flats are loaded with wild populations of wily browns and rainbows. Caddis, mayflies, stoneflies, crustaceans, and terrestrials flourish in this cool, clean canyon environment, offering not only sustenance for trout but ample opportunities for anglers wishing to match the hatch. Within the valley numerous stillwaters, referred to as "sagebrush" lakes, attract anglers in pursuit of trout growing to true trophy potential. In particular the Delaney Buttes, designated as gold medal waters by the state of Colorado, are the quintessential trout factories where fish can grow up to one inch per month due to the abundance of food. Aquatic insects such as scuds, callibaetis mayflies, chironomids, damselfies, and more offer a buffet of trout food in addition to crayfish, leeches, and minnows.

Typical Weather by Season

Here in North Park our weather is typical of any Colorado high mountain valley. We're home to the Park Range, which is located along the east side of the Continental Divide, just east of Steamboat Springs and 15 miles west of Walden, our county seat. The Park Range is the wettest range in Colorado, where average annual precipitation approaches 60 inches. Winter begins early and lasts into April and May at the higher elevations with much of the annual precipitation falling as snow. Seasonal snowfall totals in the mountains range from 75 to 150 inches in the valleys to over 200 inches in the higher elevations. This is where we get our river's water. In the spring and fall months you can expect the weather to change frequently. We generally have temperatures between 35-50 degrees and it can be quite comfortable for fishing. During peak season and the summer months our weather is great! Temperatures generally hover between 70-80 degrees. Summer doesn't last long here; we've even had snow in July.

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

A typical day with North Park Anglers always starts with a hot cup of coffee in the fly shop. Here you will meet your guide, grab all essential supplies for a great day, and head out to the water. Our trips consist of walking or floating, so depending on the trip you are doing your guide will have the appropriate rig for the job. From the shop you and your guide will head out for the day. Our full-day trips are 8 hours and half-day trips are 4 hours. After a great day of fishing your guide will bring you back to the fly shop to tell stories of the one that got away, or to show off pictures!!!

Species

Species You Fish for by Season

All trout: rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

We recommend that you bring the following items for a great day of fishing: polarized sunglasses, a hat, clothing to layer, sunscreen, and a sense of adventure. Don't forget your camera! If you need fishing equipment please let us know prior to your trip so we can have it ready.

Fly Shop

Our Fly Shop

The original building was a conglomerate of four small structures that were melded together over the last century. This is evident today as one enters the shop. The first room contains the meeting area, fly rods, terminal tackle, gadgets, reading material, and the checkout counter. As you move through our store, the creak of the old wooden floors will remind you that you’ve stepped into a true western fly shop. Each room harbors a different feel and inventory selection. The second room displays our clothing offerings while the third room, the most popular and known by all as The Bug Room, harbors our vast fly selection. Moving further back, one enters our fly-tying room. Here, fly-tying materials, books, and a limited selection of spin-casting tackle are on hand, as well as fly-tying benches where the staff continually perfects new recipes. The final room stores our rental gear: waders, boots, rods/reels, and even float tubes are available. Here at NPA, we know there are hundreds of different food sources available to trout and, just like us, they don’t want to eat the same thing, every hour of every day. With this in mind, we regularly carry 750 different patterns encompassing every life cycle of most every bug. In North Park, we have a general rule when choosing flies in pursuit of our huge wild brown trout: “go big, or stay home.” This rule is evident as we have one of the largest streamer selections in the country. From midges to mayflies, scuds to crayfish, and hoppers to caddis, we’ve got you covered.

Located at the epicenter of North Park, a fly angler’s nirvana, our shop is strategically positioned to service fly fishers headed in any direction. Anglers heading further north into nearby Wyoming will delight in the convenience of purchasing their needed licenses here in our shop. Even though we are only open from April through October, we continually provide a full line of equipment and supplies that meet the demands of the most ardent fly fisher. From flies and feathers to float-tube fins, we stock it. We’re proud to carry products from today’s leading manufacturers.

We know today’s shoppers have every retail option, from the internet to big-box stores, available to them. While we don’t currently offer an online store, please feel free to give us a call if you need anything from our shop. We’ll gladly get it shipped off to you. We sincerely thank those loyal NPA customers who make a conscientious decision to purchase their products from us. We will strive to continually provide the most innovative and reliable products available.

Whether you need a spool of tippet, a new pair of waders, or just some friendly advice on current conditions, we’re your resource for northern Colorado. Next time you’re in town, stop by the shop, grab a cup of coffee, and tell your latest fish story or pick up some local hot flies—we would be happy to see you. We think you’ll agree with others. North Park Anglers is a true western fly shop.

Reviews

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22 of 22 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    New Waters - 10/2/2014
    By: from Little Rock,Ark

    This year's Western loop included Walden,Co. as our new area to explore. That was a good choice. North Park Anglers either guided or directed us to a number of different streams that always produced hungry trout. Our guide, Drew, had excellent knowledge of the rivers and creeks,and his enthusiasm was contagious. Scenery was breathtaking with the onset of changing colors. The nicest thing,however,was the warmth of the shop and being able to hang out and pick up other information.North Park Anglers employees were eager to serve and pass on their knowledge of finding trout in their waters.Look forward to a return trip.

  • 5/5

    Excellent fishing lodge! - 9/26/2014
    By: from Houston, TX

    North Park Anglers is the best, most professional fishing lodge. The staff is honest and friendly. The fishing is outstanding! We will be back soon.

  • 5/5

    Wow! - 9/13/2014
    By: from Lyons, CO
    Top 1000 Contributor

    North Park Anglers is a dynamite fly shop. They have all the gear you can possibly need, and their guides are fantastic. Their knowledge of the local waters is unbelievable, and their teaching skills are first rate. I have fished with three guides, and can vouch for each of them as a superb instructor and personable companion. Oh...the fishing is outstanding, too!

  • 5/5

    "Class Act" Fly Fishing Pro Shop - 9/13/2014
    By:

    Excellent guides, friendly service, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun. These folks love fly fishing and make it simple for anyone to learn. I'll be back, again and again!

  • 5/5

    Epic - 9/12/2014
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    Fantastic day on private water with Joey. Exceptional guide who got me into exceptional fish. Will definitely return.

  • 5/5

    Bucket List Material. - 9/12/2014
    By: from Sterling, CO 80751, USA

    Whenever I’m fishing the Walden Colorado area a favorite stop I always make is North Park Anglers. In my opinion they have the most complete fly selection in the state; even more than that they now what to sell you specific to your adventure. I have fished public waters for 40 plus years and never felt the need for a guide on private waters, but apparently out of divine influence this time I asked; do you need a reservation for a guided trip? Tim Drummond spoke up, yes that would be the best advice. I must have grimaced and just as Tim knows the right structure to cast to he also had the right answer; we have a cancellation today would you like to fill it? The price was acceptable and by the end of the day the price was worth every penny. I will be looking forward to my next outing with NPA. The highlight of the day was the estimated 20 inch monster I tricked onto my fly (to bad I panicked and lost him), none-the-less we lost count that day of the fish we caught. Tim helped me with casting technique and in just a short time I was placing the fly right where he suggested. Let me sum it up; very accommodating, reasonably priced, extremely knowledgeable, very patient and an incredible array of waters to fish.

  • 5/5

    Great fishing experience - 9/11/2014
    By: from Bay Area, CA

    I highly recommend North Park Anglers. Very professional operation, all the guides know their stuff and are very friendly. They have access to some great rivers in the surrounding area that contain great fish (quality and quantity).

  • 5/5

    GREAT fishing trip - 9/11/2014
    By: from Walden, CO 80480, USA

    Our group of 14 Fly Fishers came to Walden in early September 2014 This is our 12th year of fishing together all over the US and Canada, so we came with high expectations. North Park Anglers met and exceeded all our hopes. The guides were knowledgeable, helpful, and professional. The variety of big and small streams gave us lots of different opportunities to catch a variety of trout. Some were very technical, some easier and so was the walking (some easy some a little more challenging). I would and have recommended this location and shop to friends. Scott (the manager) and his team were great to work with and even better to fish with.

  • 5/5

    Novice Fly Fishing Experience - 9/10/2014
    By: from Grand Ledge, MI, USA

    On August 31, 2014 I tried my hand at fly fishing with our NPA Orvis guide Joey being the teacher. I must admit that I really enjoyed the experience. Joey was a great teacher with a lot of patience. I was very surprised when a large brown trout grabbed my nymph and broke my tippet gaining him freedom.

  • 5/5

    Excellent fishing experience - 8/26/2014
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    North Park Anglers is my favorite fly fishing shop in Colorado-the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable; the store is well stocked with quality merchandise that is well displayed and a smorgasbord of services are available to fit any budget. Our guide Joey Solano was well prepared, very professional, had a great attitude, was fun to be around and in general a pleasure to work with-I would definitely ask for him again. The scenery was exceptional, the fishing was more than awesome-it just doesn't get any better than this. We will definitely be back, only next time we will stay longer.

North Park Anglers
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitters
Scott Graham
524 Main Street
Walden, CO 80480
970-723-4215

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