Overall River Rating:

3/5

South Platte River - Denver (DSP) Fly Fishing Report

Latest Update 6/24/16: Flows are still bouncing around on the DSP. The fishing so far has been marginal during periods of lower release from Chatfield, but do not let that deter you. It usually takes at least a few weeks for the the fish to get re-acclimated to the lower flows once again and spread back out to their normal haunts. Once the fish are happy, the fishing can be epic. Spend time looking for sloughs , pools, and shallow flats for carp and both species of bass. They should be pretty grabby and will eat a wide range of patterns imitating crayfish, leeches, or worms. The trout fishing can be also fair to good drifting large attractor nymphs under an indicator in the faster, more oxygenated water.

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. 



Hatches

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22

 

Summer: Mayflies, Caddis, Shrimp

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22

Fall: Baetis, Shrimp 

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22


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.