South Platte River - Cheeseman-Chatfield , Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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South Platte River - Cheeseman-Chatfield , Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Flows are currently at 78 cfs, adding some cooler water and providing more depth, Denver Water is filling Cheesman Reservoir. The water clarity is excellent. Smaller nymph patterns in the 18-26 range are working well, as well as BWO and caddis patterns in the 16-22 range. With the warmer weather and bright sunshine moss is becoming more common.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Platte River is currently Good

Water flow: 78

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 56 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid morning to Mid afternoon

Best stretch: Cheesman Canyon, Deckers to Night Hawk Hill

Best access point: Upstream from the bridge at Deckers and the Bridge Crossing day use area

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges, BWOs, caddis, scuds, San Juan worms, egg patterns,emerger patterns

Fish species: Brown and Rainbow Trout

Fishing season: Year Round, Prime March through October

Nearest airport: Denver International Aiport

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South Platte River, Cheeseman-Chatfield Description

The South Platte river is a World Class fishery within a 1.5 hour drive of Denver. “Here it is folks, one of the best small tail water fisheries in the world.” We are lucky in that this watershed can be fished year-round. This system is a combination of three forks of the river which have their headwaters high in the 14,000 foot peaks west of Denver. This river is famous for the many Mayfly, Midge and Caddis ...

Techniques & Tips

Nymph and emerger patterns continue to be productive, but mayfly and caddis activity is ramping up. Midge and BWO hatches have been consistent in sizes 18-24. Best dry fly action has been on cloudy calm days. For nymphing, smaller diameter tippet and adjusting depth frequently is a key strategy. Fluorocarbon tippet in 5-8X is most effective, utilize split shot or larger tungsten head point flies to get down deep, adjust depth prior to switching patterns.

7-Day Forecast

Nymphing should continue to produce well with mayfly and midge patterns 18-26. Dry fly action is consistent, particularly on cloudy days. BWO's and caddis are yielding good results, mid day hatches are coming off regularly. With low flows and hot temps, avoid playing fish to exhaustion and try to avoid fishing mid day, concentrate on early morning and evening. Hopefully moisture predicted for next week will cool water and add to flows

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