Here are some pics from my trip up to North Park Colorado taken April 25th.
North Park is a high valley surrounded on three sides by mountains. Where I was fishing is at 9,000 ft. elevation. As you can see, spring comes very late at 9,000 ft.
By now, the willows are lime green and the grasses are green and ankle deep. It looks like high desert, but it definitely is not. North park has more moose than people, and moose don't do desert.
This creek is at late winter, prerunoff lows, not that there will be any runoff this year. I'm guessing the flow is 10-12 CFS, and now it's up to 20 CFS, still very fishable.
All the streams in North Park are feeder streams that form the headwaters of the North Platte River.
I was surfing the net a week or so before the trip, and stumbled across the North Park Angler's fly shop. They were offering guided walk/ wade trips for $100 per day as an early season special. That's just dirt cheap, and I sprung for it for three reasons (1) I would have somebody to take the pictures, (2) the guide got me on some private water that the shop has under lease, and (3) I had somebody who knew the area, and I could pick his brain for good public waters.
In preparation for the trip I studied my Colorado Gazatteer, and went online and printed out a map of every State Wildlife Area in North Park, and took all with me.
The fishing was very good.
I spent the entire day peppering my guide with, "where to go questions" and he was more than willing to show me the good spots. Here is a pic of him releasing one of my many fish.
We quit fishing an hour early so he could drive me around and show me a number of good spots.
It was definitely a hundred dollars well spent. I will surely be back in June.