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
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Flows are currently at 494 cfs, water clarity is good.. Caddis are active, both nymphs and dries. Dry fly fishing has been very good. Nymph fishing continues to be a succesful method as well.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Platte River is currently Good

Water flow: 494

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 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. Try dry/dropper rigs during the hatch periods, fishing in the film is a good tactic as well.

7-Day Forecast

If you enjoy the dry fly fishing, give it a go! Flows are very good and water remains cool. Be prepared for crowded conditions, try some areas you may not have previously fished..


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