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South Platte River - Denver (DSP) Fly Fishing Report

Latest update: 3/20/18 -- Spring is showing up and the weather has been really good (aside from one small snowstorm). As long as the warm weather continues, carp fishing should only get better. While the fish are starting to come out, the same difficulties of catching Carp still exist. When you find feeding fish, make sure you bring your best stealth skills. Just about any well presented Crayfish pattern will entice them. As for the trout fishing, it continues to produce. While the flows aren't ideal, there are still some really nice trout being caught. Be prepared to catch a good Baetis or Midge hatch, so have some dries. We recommend the Foamerger, Para. Extended Body BWO, and Griffith's Gnat. If they aren't on the surface, then worms, attractor patterns like Copper John's and small Baetis patterns will produce.

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. 

Recommended Flies

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.