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
Flows are currently at 78 cfs, water clarity is excellent. Nymphing continues to be a successful tactic, however dry fly action is very good early in the morning and the last two hours before sunset. Midges, PMD and Caddis are the most common. Please practice good distancing and be safe! Expect plenty of company over the holiday. Hike in a little further or stay later.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Platte River is currently Good

Water flow: 78

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Nymphing mid day, dries early and late.

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, 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, 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. Be prepared for snowy and cold conditions.

7-Day Forecast

Seasonal weather is forecast through most of the week, with afternoon rain a common occurence.Be observant and watch for increase in hatches and bug activity. Be safe and keep a good distance, which at times can be frustrating due to the increased amount of anglers.


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