Bordering the state of Wyoming North Park Anglers is nestled in the small town of Walden Colorado and if you blink an eye this small mountain town might just pass you by. North Park is the northernmost of the three mountain valleys in Colorado with South Park and Middle Park being the other two. The North Platte River and smaller tributaries, such as the Illinois, Canadian and Michigan Rivers flow into this million acre valley providing an angler with endless fly fishing opportunities. In a place where cattle out number the residence, North Park provides you with a feeling of the true old west. The sweeping vistas, high mountain peaks and forgotten cabins allow your imagination to wonder what it must have been like settling in this area years ago. Today North Park is a ranching community that is a destination for Hunters and fishermen alike and if you are looking for solitude you might just find it here.
Scott Graham is the manager of North Park Anglers and is the new recipient of the Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year, certainly not an easy task. I was able to join Scott and Royce Olney for a day of streamer fishing on some of their local haunts as they searched for the Butter Bean. While we did not land some of the large brown trout the area is know for we did land some beautiful middle weight fish that were certainly worth the drive. The staff at North Park Anglers are a genuine bunch that are passionate about the outdoors. I was able to learn a lot about North Park and the rivers that flow through it during my short visit. And although it was difficult to leave I am sure I will be back when the time allows. Congratulations to Scott and the staff at NPA on the 2015 Orvis Outfitter of the Year.