South Platte River - Cheeseman-Chatfield , Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of South Platte River, CO
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South Platte River - Cheeseman-Chatfield , Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Try different weights to hit all the levels of the water column to see where the fish are feeding and adjust accordingly. Midges and BWO nymph imitations should be your focus throughout the spring along with leaders going down to 6 or 7x fluorocarbon. There should also be some caddis and PMD hatches happening in the afternoon, as well as tricos coming off early in the morning. Nymphing has been very productive lately, but don't miss the opportunity to go after fish targeting spicific hatches.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Platte River is currently Good

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

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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

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.

7-Day Forecast

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!

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