Fishing Report for the South Platte River

South Platte River Report

  

Small Business Relief Sale Fly Fishing 

 

*The Flyshop is Currently Closed to In-Person Shopping due to the statewide stay-at-home order put into place by Governer Polis. The Flyshop will resume normal business on April 27th at 8AM. The outdoors are open for recreation. Please obey the social distancing guidelines, but feel free to go fishing, biking, hiking, etc...thats the healthiest thing you can do right now! Please note that the entire flyshop is available on our online flyshop (flies, tackle, sportwear, gear, EVERYTHING). We are offering FREE SHIPPING over $50 with 2 Day Priority Delivery, as well as curbside pickup between 8:30AM-11AM (with 24hrs notice) and local same day delivery (within 5 miles of the Flyshop). In addition, for a limited time only, we’re offering 20% OFF Storewide for all online sales or phone orders. Use code shopsmall at checkout. Shop NOW and support all your favorite small businesses NOW...or they may not be around when the smoke clears!

 

 

March 27th, 2020

 

Dream Stream (Charlie Meyers SWA)

 

General Overview

Its been tough fishing on the Dream Stream over the course of the last several weeks. Plenty of pressure from folks looking for spawning fish, and truthfully just not many fish in the system at this point in time. Bugs are still around, and still a BWO and Midge focus as normal, with a few small free-swimming caddis here and there. 

As we move into "spawning windows," we always are sure to mention to steer clear of Redds (clean patches of gravel) on the riverbed, as well as any grouped up (actively spawning) fish. We will begin to see some migratory Bows, Cutts and Cuttbows move into the system over the next several weeks. This is a great time to find a big fish, but please be ethical wit the fish and other anglers!

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate above Elevenmile Reservoir: 112 cfs

Clarity: Clear 

 

Suggested Methods

Its Midge game on all sections of the South Platte, but moving towards seeing more BWO lifecycle activity. The Winter and Early Spring fishing on these sections is a small bug game for the most part. Productivity will be best subsurface, but do be prepared with hatch matchers. Technical indicator nymph rigs and tight-line euro rigs will be your best bet with long leaders and light tippet. Definitely fun to have a streamer rod on had for any migratory fish as well, so keep that in your wheelhouse. 

South Platte River Digital Map
Shop All Digital River Maps

 

Spinney Mountain Ranch (Above Spinney Reservoir)

 

General Overview

We're in the early spring window on the South Platte, and flows are relatively low on this stretch. Should be a good amount of lake fish in the system at this point, so as soon as Spinney Mountain State Park opens, we should have some good options on this stretch.

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate above Spinney Reservoir: OFFLINE

Clarity: Clear

 

Suggested Methods

Its turning into a Trico and Midge game on all sections of the South Platte. The Fall and Winter fishing on these sections is a small bug game for the most part...with some streamer fishing mixed in. Productivity will be best subsurface, but do be prepared with hatch matchers. Technical indicator nymph rigs and tight-line euro rigs will be your best bet with long leaders and light tippet. Definitely fun to have a streamer rod on had for any migratory fish as well, so keep that in your wheelhouse.

 

Shop All Digital Maps
South Platte Rive Map

 

Elevenmile Canyon

 

General Overview

As we've mentioned, all of our local watersheds will really be turning on over the course of the next several weeks, with a dramatic change in weather. The forecast in Lake George features highs in the 50's for the next several weeks, which will translate in a change in water temp and bug activity. Look for more substantial BWO lifecycle activity, but don't forget to still bank on your small midges as fish will still be focused in that segment.  

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate near Lake George: 149 CFS

Clarity: Clear

 

 

Suggested Methods

Early Spring fishing will add in much more substantial BWO activity along with a continuation of heavy Midge activity. The Winter fishing on these sections is a small bug game for the most part. It will still be small and productivity will be best subsurface, but do be prepared with hatch matchers. Technical indicator nymph rigs and tight-line euro rigs will be your best bet with long leaders and light tippet. Definitely fun to have a streamer rod on had for any migratory fish as well, so keep that in your wheelhouse.

 

South Platte River Map
Shop All Digital River Maps

 

Royal Gorge Anglers operates the oldest fly fishing guide service and full service flyshop on the Arkansas River Freestone and Arkansas River Tailwater. Our guide service also offers various guided fly fishing experiences on the South Platte River, Gunnison River, Stillwater, Private Ranches, Backcountry and more. CLICK HERE to Learn more about our Guided Trip Options or Call us (888) 994-6743 ext 2 to talk to us directly...