Author: Will Rice
With rivers blowing out with runoff across the state, tailwater fisheries with controlled flows are starting to get crowded. Nonetheless, the South Platte River through Deckers is still fishing well and the water is clear. With weather this weekend pushing into the mid seventies, with mostly sunny skies it is still a great time to get out on the water. Stream flows were at 93 CFS and the South Platte fished consistently with brown and rainbow trout keying in on egg patterns and San Juan Worms as point flies and Juju Baetis, Rojo Midges, Soft Hackle Hare’s Ears and Cased Caddis trailer flies.
Our prediction at this point is that the run off in Colorado will be aggressive yet quick in most areas. Some rivers will clear more quickly to others so pay close attention to stream flows (or stop in the shop for recommendations).
If you are going to head to a tailwater fishery, know ahead of time that you might find yourself with a little less elbow room than normal and practice river side etiquette accordingly. If you are interested in getting away from the crowds and fishing private water or learning the techniques of fishing a tailwater more effectively, give us call at the shop – 303-733-1434.
Don’t forget that this a great time of the year to explore still water opportunities and pursue new species. If you are looking to chase smallmouth bass or pike, we have the flies, leaders, and tippet that will get the job done.
Cody Hoekleberg connects with a toothy critter close to home here in the Mile High City.
The one thing that is nice about fly fishing in Colorado is that there are always a ton of options. Have fun out there!