South Platte River - Cheeseman-Chatfield , Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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South Platte River - Cheeseman-Chatfield , Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Flows are currently at 43 cfs. Water clarity is excellent, Standard small nymph rigs in the 20-26 sizes have been successful. Watch for midge and mayfly hatches in the late morning/early afternoon. Dry flies in the 20-26 range have been most successful. Great Spring weather is forecast, remember new fishing licenses are required beginning April 1. Expect plenty of company!
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Platte River is currently Good

Water flow: 43

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 45 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: nymphing in morning, dries 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, 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

Person Fishing in a stream

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. Get away from the more popular spots to avoid crowds. If you're not having success with the micro flies, throw on a large crane fly larvae or worm.

7-Day Forecast

Flows are expected to remain steady at winter levels.Small midge and mayfly nymphs will be the ticket. Reports are that trout are in spawn mode, be mindful and don't fish over or disturb the redds!


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