Fishing Report for the South Platte River

South Platte River Report

  

South Platte River Fly Fishing Guide

 

 

June 13th, 2019

 

Dream Stream (Charlie Meyers SWA)

 

General Overview

Flows are beginning to bump on the Dream Stream...finally! Our sources report that flows will be increased in 50cfs increments...and we do expect to see flows level in the 300-450cfs range. This will be an extremely productive change for this section, and should initiate a bit more hatch movement, etc. With Caddis, PMD, and Trico activity on the horizon along with continued BWO and Midge activity...fishing should be alot of fun on this stretch in the Summer Primetime. 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate above Elevenmile Reservoir: 259 cfs

Clarity: Tinted to Clear

Clarity is strong and flows are currently in the average window for the time period, however may be increasing.

 

Suggested Methods

We're seeing some BWO activity now, with a continuation of heavy midge activity. You will be best suited to run a variety of attractor nymphs along with BWO nymphs or Midge Larva early and midge pupa or BWO emergers later on if you witness fish in the film or mid-water-column. At times you'll find fish posted up feeding on adult Midges and small BWOs. Caddis will also be starting up soon, so be ready with the full lifecycle. As flows bump up, don't forget to lean heavily on Worm patterns, Cranefly Larva and your larger attractor nymphs. Small streamers will also start to be very effective. 

 

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Spinney Mountain Ranch (Above Spinney Reservoir)

 

General Overview

Things will be relatively variable in this section until flows have stabilized after snow melt slows. 

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate above Spinney Reservoir: 567cfs

Clarity: Offcolor (Snow Melt)

 

Suggested Methods

We're seeing some BWO activity now, with a continuation of heavy midge activity. You will be best suited to run a variety of attractor nymphs along with BWO nymphs or Midge Larva early and midge pupa or BWO emergers later on if you witness fish in the film or mid-water-column. At times you'll find fish posted up feeding on adult Midges and small BWOs. Be prepared with egg patterns and chironomid lead patters for those lake fish in the system down low.

 

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Elevenmile Canyon

 

General Overview

Flows are lower than average in the Canyon but are beginning to increase with increase in release on the Dream Stream. Things have not really changed in the canyon bug wise, as things have still been relatively cool. There are a few BWOs and Midges are king, but we're waiting to see some Spring Caddis. 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate near Lake George: 120 CFS

Clarity: Clear

Flows are at average in the canyon, clarity is perfect.

 

Suggested Methods

We're seeing some BWO activity now, with a continuation of heavy midge activity. You will be best suited to run a variety of attractor nymphs along with BWO nymphs or Midge Larva early and midge pupa or BWO emergers later on if you witness fish in the film or mid-water-column. At times you'll find fish posted up feeding on adult Midges and small BWOs. 

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