Overall River Rating:


South Platte River - Denver (DSP) Fly Fishing Report

Latest Update 5/29/16: The DSP is still running big and I expect it to remain that way for the foreseeable future. Once it does start to drop within the next month or so, the fishing can be lights out. If you really feel the need to get a quick fix and are brave enough to battle the flows, fishing up closer to Chatfield will be a better bet for Walleyes, a few bass, and just a handful of trout. I'd be using big red San Juans, Stonefly Nymphs, and larger general attractor patterns. Streamers can also be a productive way of finding more of the predatory species, particularly crayfish imitations.

River Information

The Denver South Platte (or DSP) flows right through the heart of Denver and offers anglers the ultimate in urban fly fishing. The river is home to a wide variety of warm water fish, however does hold trout in some of the upper sections. Without a doubt, no fish has put the DSP on the map more than the Carp. These ultra spooky fish have become a prime target for many of us here at the shop and have both frustrated and rewarded countless other anglers across this city and beyond. Aside from the Carp, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Suckers, Catfish and Walleye all reside in this waterway. The upper few miles, just downstream of C-470, north to Mineral Blvd, typically runs a little colder and holds the highest density of trout. This stretch is also undergoing stream renovations which should improve the quality of the trout fishery. 


Crawfish and Baitfish patterns, streamers. 

Seasonal Conditions

Fishable year round. The warmer months will be most productive for the warm water species here. 

River Access

River access is plentiful throughout the entirety of this stretch of river. Anglers will find countless access spots from C-470 north to 104th St. Feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call for the most up to date report on what stretches are fishing best.