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Trouts Journal

Trouts Guide Service Report: The South Platte River

Ivan Orsic / Apr 22, 2014

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The main stem of the South Platte River continues to fish extremely well. The stream flows from below Cheesman Canyon have been fluctuating but the fishing has been consistent. Trouts Guide Service has been out on the water quite a bit throughout the month of April and the early spring conditions have been great. Here is a quick account from a few of our recent client trips:

“The clouds were around all day and a little rain sparked the blue wing olives. They were out from 8:30am until we left. The Juju Baetis was the big producer of the day. The fish we caught were in the faster riffles. Many came out of small trenches – no bigger than two feet in size and depth. Find those grooves with dark rocks and you’ll find those fish very shallow. A lot of fish ate the Barr’s emerger on the swing so let the drifts go all the way down stream before you recast.” – Trouts Guide Service

Here’s a sound bite from a report from the following day:

“Our client had recently moved to Colorado and wanted to learn about the South Platte River. His grandson was in town and had never fly fished before but wanted to learn. The weather was perfect and the blue wing olives were out in the middle of the day along with a small size 18 ginger caddis. The San Jaun Flash Worm was the lead fly all day and caught most of the fish. The jujubee midge was productive around 11am when the blue wings were hatching. After 3pm the buckskin took over as we saw random caddis in the air. Tyler’s first time with a fly rod was a great success landing at least 7 fish!” – Trouts Guide Service

Trouts Guide Service is alway happy to take kids out on the water and introduce the sport of fly fishing to the next generation

Flows over the last few days from below Cheesman Canyon have been between 150 CFS and just over 300 CFS. In the Deckers area, the flows have been between just over 200 CFS and 300 CFS. With these flows, just off color water clarity and intermittent cloud cover the South Platte River drainage should continue to be a good option to think about. Always feel free to stop in the shop for our most recent reports – and don’t forget to check our Colorado Stream Flows Page before you head out the door on your next fly fishing trip. We have real-time statistics on every major river drainage and many of the smaller tributaries in the state.

Also don’t forget that we have Fly Happy Hour each Thursday and Friday from 4:00pm until close. If you need to stock up on flies you’ll receive $.50 off of ALL patterns. We also have our Casting & Cocktails event this Thursday evening in Washington Park (5-7pm) sponsored by Scott Fly Rods. You don’t want to miss this FREE casting clinic.

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