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Trouts Journal

Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River August 20th

Ivan Orsic / Aug 20, 2013

The stream flow on the South Platte River out of Cheesman Canyon continues to be higher than we’ve seen all year. Flows have been hovering right around 250CFS for the last week. This higher flow has benefitted the fishing on the South Platte River near Deckers.

On a recent client trip, we started out low by Nighthawk Hill in effort to beat the crowds. Fish are moving to the soft water on the sides of the river and it was important to use plenty of split shot and not be overly eager to fish the middle of the run. Instead of fishing in the deeper, more faster moving lanes we fished closer in and had luck picking up fish.

In the afternoon we moved up river. With the higher water conditions, the most productive fly of the day was the San Juan Worm. Other patterns that were effective included: Barr’s Graphic Caddis sz. 14-16, BH Barr’s Emerger sz. 18-20, Pat’s Rubber legs sz. 8-10, and a buckskin sz. 16-18.

If you want to fish this section of the South Platte River with a Professional Guide you should check out our intermediate fly fishing class being held this weekend. “The South Platte River Through a Guide’s Eye” is actually a two part class – the first is held on Thursday August 22 at our shop and Part II is a full day of guided fly fishing at Deckers. Space is limited so call the shop today to reserve your day on the water. Call the shop today if you have any questions or would like to reserve your spot - 303.733.1434.

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