Fishing Report for the South Platte River

South Platte River Fly Fishing Report

 

 

Royal Gorge Anglers Fly Fishing Festival

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Dream Stream (Charlie Meyers SWA)

 

General Overview

Spring is in the air folks...a massive warm up is headed to Colorado in the first week of March. While we haven't seen many lake fish in the system yet, this weather swing should take care of that. Please respect actively spawning fish during this window of time, fishing to trout on Redds is a big NO! Still be prepared to fish small flies subsurface (primarily in the Midge/ BWO categories) for the most part, with some attractor nymphs and Midge/ BWO dries mixed in.

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate above Elevenmile Reservoir: 81.4 cfs

Clarity: Clear

 

Suggested Methods

 

Midges will be the staple in the Early Spring season, so be prepared with all lifecycle stages. Baetis (Spring BWO's) will continue to be present with less hatch activity until later in March/ April along with a few Tricos. Focus your efforts near the substrate with light tippet and sight-fishing will be key for best success (which is typical). Bring layers/ good gloves and have fun!

 

 

 

Spinney Mountain Ranch (Above Spinney Reservoir)

 

General Overview

Flows are low and ice is substantial in this section. Our guides won't be on this section until the Spring, so we'll resume reports at that time...

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate above Spinney Reservoir: 19 cfs (Ice)

Clarity: Clear

 

Suggested Methods

 

Look elsewhere, slim picken's on this section until the Spring...simply too much ice formation.

 

 

Elevenmile Canyon

 

General Overview

The Early Spring Season can be alot of fun in the Canyon if you can handle the temps and crowds. Please respect actively spawning fish during this window of time, fishing to trout on Redds is a big NO! Still be prepared to fish small flies subsurface (primarily in the Midge/ BWO categories) for the most part, with some attractor nymphs and Midge/ BWO dries mixed in.

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate near Lake George: 88.7 CFS

Clarity: Clear

 

 

Suggested Methods

Midges will be the staple in the Early Spring season, so be prepared with all lifecycle stages. Baetis (Spring BWO's) will continue to be present with less hatch activity until later in March/ April along with a few Tricos. Focus your efforts near the substrate with light tippet and sight-fishing will be key for best success (which is typical). Bring layers/ good gloves and have fun!

 

Arkansas Tailwater Fly Fishing Guide

 

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...