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Trouts Journal

Trouts Guide Service River Report- September 15th

Ivan Orsic / Sep 15, 2014

This weekend we had the Clay family in visiting from Edmond, Oklahoma. Saturday's agenda included trout and Sunday had them headed to the Chiefs/Broncos game. Not a bad weekend if I do say so myself (perhaps unless you were rooting for the Chiefs) . We decided to fish the South Platte River near Deckers and saw fish in the net from start to finish. Relatively new to fly fishing, this was the Clay's first time exploring a Colorado river. You never would have guessed it though, as they wasted no time putting fish in the net at our first stop of the day. Flows have dropped substantially on the South Platte and were right around 120cfs on Saturday. This seemed like a trickle after averaging 500cfs all summer. The fish didn't seem to mind the drop in cfs though and were heavily dialed into the prolific trico hatch we experienced throughout the majority of the morning. A grey or black rs2 was far and away our top producer up until our rumbling stomachs got the best of us and we took a break for a nice streamside lunch around 1pm. After lunch, we headed to another location where we were pleased to find more hungry fish. The afternoon bite was slightly more sporadic, and as the tricos faded out the trout expanded their range of what they considered acceptable food. San Juan worms, Barrs PMD emergers, various midge patterns, and two-bit hookers all found their way into a trouts upper lip in the later hours of the day. Due to the lower flows we also were able to find what I've been waiting to see for many, many months at Deckers- fish actively and consistently feeding on the surface! The tricos, midges, and sparse PMD's we saw flying around were apparently thick enough to get a few fish looking up and we successfully sight fished a half dozen or so rainbows and browns with a small Parachute Adams. The sun was a constant companion throughout the entire day and even when we weren't throwing dry flies, the majority of the fish we caught were all sight fished. As a guide, it's always extremely rewarding when you can take new anglers to the river, help them spot the fish they are casting to, watch them make a cast and then catch the fish. The smiles and laughs that follow once that fish is netted just never gets old.

I would expect the majority of our guide trips we have this week to go much as mine did on Saturday. The flows should remain stable, the bug life active, and the weather looks perfect to get some quality sight fishing in. If you're headed to the South Platte and the sun is shining, make sure you take a minute or two whenever you approach a new spot to look around before stepping in. You'll be amazed the number of fish you will spot in many locations. While we struggled to get out of the 10"-14" size class on Saturday, we saw countless bigger fish at every spot we visted that day and all three of our anglers had the opportunity to cast at fish over 20" in length. It doesn't get much better than that!

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