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South Platte River - Denver (DSP) Fly Fishing Report

Latest Update 5/25/2017: The warm weather has returned and with it so has the fishing. Trout fishing remains good around the Carson Nature Center and surrounding areas. Carp fishing has still be a little tough, clarity isn't ideal so be prepared to work for these fish. Patterns working for trout are copper johns, leeches, PTs, extended body BWO, Juju Baetis, Guide's Choice Hares Ears. Carp patterns similar to Barry's Carp fly will get the job done. For all the other warm water fish, stripping small olive and black streamers will entice a few, wooly buggers, double thin mints and slump busters are a good place to start.

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. 

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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.