Fly Fishing Report: Spring Conditions On The South Platte River

Apr 29, 2014

Author: Tucker Ladd

The main stem of the South Platte River continues to fish well as we push into spring and the flows continue to rise.  Higher flows are dislodging a lot of debris, bugs and other organisms into the river and the water also has a nice stained color and fish are actively feeding throughout the day.

The main stem of the South Platte River continues to fish well as we push into spring and the flows continue to rise.  Higher flows are dislodging a lot of debris, bugs and other organisms into the river and the water also has a nice stained color and fish are actively feeding throughout the day.

On the day we fished the South Platte River with our On-Stream Beginner School,  the stream flows at the gauging station near Trumbull were right at 290 CFS.  We found most of our fish right on the seams where the faster moving water met slower moving water on the edges.  In clearer water, the fish in the South Platte can be a bit spooky.  Although the water is off color don’t let this get you down.  You are going to have a much better chance approaching and sneaking up on fish.

We had a very bright day this past Saturday and we saw very few fish rising.  Our On-Stream Beginner class utilized a Rocky Mountain Nymph Rig that included a strike indicator, split shot, and two flies.  We fished with worm imitations like the classic San Juan Flash Worm in colors red and pink and hook sizes #16-18 and baetis and midge droppers. 

At one point we hooked and landed a brown drown that had apparently just gorged on black and brown leaches.

On the following day, cloud cover moved in and the temperature dropped.  With the clouds came some great BWO hatches in the afternoon and fish were actively feeding on the surface.  

Photo: Amanda Ringel

If you have any questions about fishing different areas of Colorado as we approach run off do not hesitate to call the shop at 303.733.1434 or stop in. We have a lot of ideas and can get you pointed in the right direction.  If you are interested in learning more about Trouts Guide Service and spending a day on the water with us CLICK HERE or call the shop to make a reservation.  Our next On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School will be held on May 31st.

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