Middle Fork South Platte River Fly Fishing Report

Last Update- 9/27/2016- Fishing the Middle Fork has been hit or miss lately. This is mainly due to the recent weather patterns. On warmer days terrestrials are still producing consistent takes. Running a dropper below a dry fly has also been producing, try Guides Choice Hares Ears, PTs, Barrs Emergers and Copper John's. On colder days fishing has been slow, you will still have sporadic success on dry flies and nymph rigs but, you will have to work for them. Streamers here remain a good option as well. Cover ground and try streamers in colors white, black and yellow.

River Information

The Middle Fork of the South Platte is located directly upstream of Spinney Reservoir. This portion of river isn't nearly as famous (or pressured) as its neighbor on the other side of Spinney- the Dream Stream- however can still produce some very nice fish. Additionally, this can be a great place to escape the crowds often found on other stretches of the South Platte.  


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Winter/Spring: Midges, Baetis

Summer: Caddis, Mayflies, Terrestrials

Fall: Mayflies, Midges, Caddis


Seasonal Conditions

This stretch of river is fishable year round, however due its location in a high altitude meadow, can get quite brutal during the winter. Various hatches during the warmer months can get the fish eager to please. During the Spring and Fall, and thus the corresponding Rainbow and Brown trout spawn, can be a good time to hook a true giant. 


River Access

Access is easy to come by here. Take Hwy 24 to Hwy 9, just west of Spinney Reservoir. Several public parking lots are located here and the river is a short hike away.