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Information for Recreation in Colorado and the Rockies

Fly Fisher's Guide To The North Platte River

There is a 5.5 mile stretch of the North Platte with a nickname to live up to - the "Miracle Mile" This stretch of the North Platte, found between Kortes Dam and Pathfinder Reservoir, is well known as another of those places where you can fish for footballs.

In 1998, the average numbers for the fish survey in the Miracle Mile were 4469 trout per mile (that were greater than 6"). Browns made up 66% of the population, with rainbows at 29% and Snake River cutthroats at 5%. The average rainbow weighed 1.71 pounds! The cutts move up into the river from Pathfinder Reservoir. A good percentage of the rainbows, and all of the browns, are wild. Add up all these factors and this is a fun place to fly fish!

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