Author: Trouts Staff
With water levels fairly high in many of the popular rivers across the State of Colorado, the South Platte River drainage continues to be a solid go-to option. The stream flow at Deckers was 91 CFS and the water was clear – conditions were sunny with temperatures in the 60s. With a blue winged olive hatches coming off in the morning we saw activity right off the bat. We also had luck with caddis pupa and larva with success in the deeper and darker runs. By mid day, everyone in the group of four had landed fish and the pace picked up in the afternoon.
Our one client, Leigh, had never landed a fly caught trout before and managed to land a great looking brown and several chunky rainbows. Our other client Mollie hooked the biggest fish of the day only to have the rainbow pull a “South Platte Special”, ran her around the rocks and broke her off. Who doesn’t like a story about the one that got away right?
Fly patterns that were working well included a size 16 Swing Caddis, size 16 Caddis Larva, Juju Baetis size 20, Barr’s Emerger size 20, and the peach egg (6mm). If you have any questions about fly fishing on the South Platte River or have interest in a guided trip to help you fish more effectively on your own, give us a call at the shop – 303.733.1434.