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Trouts Journal

South Platte River Fly Fishing Report: May

Ivan Orsic / May 15, 2014

The fishing on the main stem of the South Platte River continues to be excellent with flows right in line with historic averages. On one of our recent guide trips we started fairly early and we were on the water before 8:00am. The water was clear and the Stream Flow was at 288 CFS. We had clear skies and the river was pleasantly un-crowded. We began fishing just downstream of Deckers and found a few feeding rainbows right out of the gate. From a rigging perspective we went with a Rocky Mountain Nymph Rig. On one system we we used a red San Juan Flash Worm and a size 20 Pheasant Tail. For the second rod we used a brown worm with a size 20 RS2.

It was an interesting experiment and the brown San Juan Flash worm was the fly that consistently produced fish - the rest taking a mix of the Pheasant Tails, RS2s, Two Bit Hookers, and cream midge larva. We fished a variety of different spots and found fish all over. From a consistency perspective, we found that the deeper pockets that were below riffles were very productive. Also, slower water that was just off or near steep banks all held fish as well. Soon enough the cloud cover moved in and so did the rain. If the flows remain around or above 200 CFS the fishing should remain very solid on the main stem of the South Platte River.

If you have interest in learning more about Trouts Guide Service or reserving a day on the water, call the shop at 303.733.1434.

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