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Spring Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River

April 1, 2014
Author: Will Rice

Trouts Fly Fishing is happy to announce the successful kick off of our 2014 Fly Fishing Education Curriculum.  On Saturday March 29th we had our inaugural On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School where we were able to introduce the sport of fly fishing to a new group of students.

The flows on the main stem of the South Platte River were right around 125 CFS and the water clarity was excellent.  With clear water and temperatures right in the mid 50s it was classic springtime conditions here in Colorado. 

Everyone had a great time learning the fundamentals of fly fishing including basic rigging, entomology, reading water and wading safely.  Best of all, everyone was able to hook a few fish.  One of our students hooked and landed his first fish on the fly ever!

The South Platte River is in great shape and the blue wing olive hatch was very strong from noon until 4pm. Most of the fish were caught in the faster riffles where they were eating bwo emergers. Our class did see a few random caddis adults which is encouraging and a great indication of the dry fly fishing to come. Other fly patterns and combinations that yielded results were: pink San Juan Worm #14, soft hackle Pheasant Tail Nymph #18, RS-2 grey #18, Barr's Emerger size 20. 

If you are interested in learning about fly fishing and spending a day with Trouts Guide Service our next On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class is being held on April 26th.  Call the shop if you have any questions or would like to make a reservation (only 2 spots left for this class!!).  Call Trouts today at 303.733.1434.

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