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 94 cfs, The water clarity is good, Smaller nymph patterns in the 18-24 range seem to be the most succesful choices along with egg and worm patterns. Nymphing is the preferred tactic. Slow and steady is the key, adjust depth to find feeding fish. Smaller midge and BWO hatches have been observed. Some spawning activity has been observed, please avoid the redds!
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Platte River is currently Good

Water flow: 94

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid morning to early 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

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

For nymphing, small mayfly, caddis and emerger patterns are still consistent, but 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, midge and caddis patterns 18-26. Watch for redds, reports are fish are staging in some gravel areas. Watch for hatches of small midges and BWO's, particularly on cloudy days. With the increased flows in recent weeks, fishing success has increased, get out there!


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