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Water flow: 281 cfs
Visibility: 24 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 46 Degrees F
Water condition: Stained
Best time of day to fish: In the morning and in the evening
Best stretch: 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, scuds, Caddis, Stoneflies, San Juan worms, PMDs, Tricos
Fish species: Brown and Rainbow Trout
Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: March 1 - October 1)
Nearest airport: Denver International Aiport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
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 ...
hatches. Dry fly fishing and nymph fishing is second to none. Cheeseman canyon is a favorite hiking and fly-fishing destination within a 1.5 hour drive of Denver. Fly fishers from around the state, and hundreds from around the country visit this productive trout stream annually. The river system offers anglers over 100 miles of public access from the headwaters to Denver. This river is easily fished by walk wading. “Big fish eat small flies here.”
Species: Trout, Brown, Cutbows, Rainbows, and Cutthroat.
Blue Wing Olives are kicking off around 1 pm with steady numbers that bring fish to the surface. Midges are coming off at various points during the day depending on the weather. Keep an eye out for caddis and stones.The fish are starting to key on the nymphs so use small pheasant tail patterns to imitate 18-22. Fish will move into the shallows and riffles to feed on the nymphs prior to the hatch. Durring the peak of the hatch both bwos and midges can be fished with a dry and an emerger in the surface film or just below the surface, but getting deep with nymphs and even emergers is typicaly most effective. To get to the biggest fish in the deepest runs use lots of wieght.
Looks like it is going to be in the 80s and low 90s. Fish early, fish late, and fish deeper runs through the hotter parts of the day, but don't forget to be on the look out for rising fish. Remeber to bring lots of sunscreen. Tight lines!