Fishing Report for the South Platte River

South Platte River Report

  

April 28, 2017

 

Dream Stream (Charlie Meyers SWA)

 

General Overview

Spring fishing has been strong on the Dream Stream with even a few spawners still in the system.   BWO activity is strong now with nymphs, emerges, and adults on cloudy days.  Windy conditions on most days 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate above Elevenmile Reservoir: 86 CFS

Clarity: Clear

Flowrate is low, however, with strong snowpack we very well may see Denver Water Board begin to release a bit more water to make room for upcoming Spring runoff. Expect conditions to be low and clear through the Spring. 

 

Suggested Methods

Its a BWO lifecycle focus on all of the South Platte sections right now. Our guides will run a variety of attractor nymphs including anything from San Juan Worms to Guides Choice Hares Ears in combination with Blue Wing larva and emerges. When you see some Adults on the water, but no fish up, focus on your merger deep or in the mid-water column, but if there is no hatch evident stick with your nymphs.  Fishing to smaller stocked fish with BWO adults is fun now too.

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Spinney Mountain Ranch (Above Spinney Reservoir)

 

General Overview

The lower access to this section is now open and with decent flowrate, there are some lake fish in the system, along with some nice resident fish. This section doesn't get fished heavily as compared to the Dream Stream, so it is always a nice option. In addition, you will find strong BWO activity on warmer overcast days. 

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate above Spinney Reservoir: 47.5 CFS

Clarity: Clear

Flowrate is healthy at 50 CFS ballpark, and fishing will be productive in this section until flows are increased dramatically for runoff.  

Suggested Methods

San Juan Worms, egg patterns and Baetis nymphs are money now but this water has been crowded with anglers seeking lake run fish.  They're there but really spooky.

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Elevenmile Canyon

 

General Overview

The canyon has been a very productive early spring fishery. Colder overcast days aren't great on this stretch simply due to the fact that the sun doesn't get to the water to get bugs active, but when you get sun...it can be alot of fun! Fish can always be caught on Midge Lifecycle patterns and attractor nymphs, and look for increasing BWO lifecycle activity.   

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate near Lake George: 84 CFS

Clarity: Clear

Flowrate is low, but typical for this time of year in the canyon. This is a fine level for the bug activity right now, as most of the fish will be found in deeper tailouts and heavy structure. Expect for this flow to maintain or slightly decrease until the Spring. Typically releases in the Canyon will match or come close to releases out of Spinney Reservoir on the Dream Stream in the winter.

 

Suggested Methods

Its a Midge lifecycle focus on all of the South Platte sections right now. Our guides will run a variety of attractor nymphs including anything from San Juan Worms to Guides Choice Hares Ears in combination with midge pupa or larva. When you see some Midge Adults on the water, but no fish up, focus on your Midge Pupa deep or in the mid-water column, but if there is no hatch evident stick with your midge larva. There are also a few lingering Trico Spinnerfalls and some localized Blue Winged Olive lifecycle acitivity, so keep those bugs handy. 

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