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 361 cfs, and temps are cooler with more depth for the fish. The water clarity is excellent. Smaller nymph patterns in the 18-24 range are working well, as well as Dry/Dropper rigs. Reports of Tricos activity have been coming in from anglers. Moss is a challenge, particulary in the area below Wigwam property. Keep an eye on water temps and do not play fish to exhaustion. Fish early,water temps are still warm and fish are easily stressed. The river has some of the better flows close to the metro area, expect company, seek out less popular areas on the river or ones that require a bit of effort, you may be pleasantly surprised! Try very early morning or dusk.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Platte River is currently Good

Water flow: 361

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early morning, late afternoon/evening

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

Mayfly and caddis activity provide opportunities for surface action. Mayfly hatches have been consistent in sizes 18-22. Caddis has been in the 16-20 range. Trico activity has been ramping up mid day. Best dry fly action has been on cloudy calm days. 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 and caddis patterns 18-26. . Dry/Dropper rigs are yielding good results, and Trico activity has been observed. With hot temps, avoid playing fish to exhaustion and try to avoid fishing mid day, concentrate on early morning. Be prepared for company, and seek out areas that may be overlooked by most. Weather forecasts are calling for more hot and dry weather, with chances of afternoon showers.

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