Photos of the Day: South Platte Gold

Written by: Austin Manthey

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Austin and his buddies strike gold right in their hometown.

photo courtesy Austin Manthey

Editor’s note: Austin Manthey is a young angler from Colorado whose videos have been featured in the F5 a couple of times. (See here and here.) So I asked him to start contributing to the Fly Fishing blog, as a way to get a young voice on fly fishing. Check out his blog, Manthey Fly Fishing

When I’m short on time and need to get a quick fix in, the South Platte River flowing through Denver is one of my favorite places to fish. A few weeks ago, a couple of friends and I rigged up and spent some time chasing some gold. To me, carp are just as valuable as a trout. Not only do they put up a fight similar to some of our saltwater-swimming friends, but it’s also just as hard, if not harder, to even get them to eat a fly.

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A weighted Woolly Bugger/Crayfish with a nymph dropper gets the job done.

photo courtesy Austin Manthey

The fish were hard to keep off the line that day, even with the constant flow of distractions coming from a running race being held that same day on the trail that runs along the river. I tried a few different methods and landed fish on pretty much everything I threw. The real ticket seemed to be a size 14 red Copper John trailing behind a big black crayfish, but we also brought a few to the net on Rubber-Leg Stones, Backstabbers, Prince Nymphs, and even a small Hotspot Hare’s Ear Grub.

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They may not be as pretty as trout, but they pull hard.

photo courtesy Austin Manthey

Most of the fish were about average size (from 5 to 8 pounds), but I managed to hook up with a couple of really nice fish that definitely made the day worthwhile. Everybody had multiple hook ups and many fish were brought to hand. All in all, it was a great day on the water.

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Austin returns a nice carp to fight again another day.

photo courtesy Austin Manthey

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