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A presidential fishing tale: North Fork Ranch


Seems everyone wants a ‘presidential story’ as we near Inauguration Day story, so here’s our angle. Turns out, you can fish the same spot favored by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower—on the rushing North Fork of Colorado’s South Platte River: at the North Fork Ranch, just one hour southwest of Denver. 

If fly fishing is your passion, this ranch should be on your radar.  North Fork Ranch(shown above) boasts a pristine, two-mile stretch of water, plus guided angling trips that Field & Stream Magazine called “the best to satisfy both the hardcore flyfisher and the rest of the family”.

We just got a note (sent to our Saddlebag) from Dean and Karen May, owners of the North Fork Ranch, with some added news. “We’re the newest addition to the Colorado Orvis-Endorsed Lodge Program,” notes Karen May.  Their diverse program, intimate size (35 guests, maximum) and personal attention set them apart from other fishing lodges.  “Settle in and you’ll quickly realize there is a magic here, a place that feels as good as home,” says May.

What anglers go for: brook, brown, cutbow, Snake River cutthroat, and rainbow trout. When to go: guided fishing trips (half or full day; packages available including meals, lodging and fishing) are available from about mid-February-November. Fall is prime time for both water conditions and weather.

And for the non-anglers in the family? Not to worry; there’s everything from hiking, horseback riding, rafting, and target shooting to lounging by the pool. Learn more about fishing at www.northforkranchguideservice.com

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