Fishing Report for the South Platte River

South Platte River Fly Fishing Report

 

 

Dream Stream (Charlie Meyers SWA)

 

General Overview

Welcome to early summer on the Dream Stream! We expect for fishing to be alot more productive now that more water is in the system and there are alot more bugs out there. With strong midge lifecycle activity, blue winged olives and mixed in micro-caddis...fishing will continue to be very solid. Still, expect technical fishing on this watershed!

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate above Elevenmile Reservoir: 148 cfs

Clarity: Clear

 

Suggested Methods

Its been a small bug game on all sections of the South Platte going into early summer. You'll do best to be prepared with the full lifecycle of the Trico, Midge and BWO. Nymphing will be your staple but if there are enough bugs on the water it will be key to tune in to the surface and film with your key emergers, duns and spinners. Be prepared with Caddis, Yellow Sallies and other sundry early summer bugs as we enter that season.

 

 

 

Spinney Mountain Ranch (Above Spinney Reservoir)

 

General Overview

Heavy runoff is over and flows are tapering off as Spinney Reservoir nears full capacity. Conditions will come a lot closer to matching the downstream tailwater sections. In the ranch section look for fish to be on small terrestrials, tricos and midges.

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate above Spinney Reservoir: 230 cfs

Clarity: Tinted to Clear

 

Suggested Methods

Its been a small bug game on all sections of the South Platte going into early summer. You'll do best to be prepared with the full lifecycle of the Trico, Midge and BWO. Nymphing will be your staple but if there are enough bugs on the water it will be key to tune in to the surface and film with your key emergers, duns and spinners. Be prepared with Caddis, Yellow Sallies and other sundry early summer bugs as we enter that season.

 

 

 

Elevenmile Canyon

 

General Overview

The strong flowrate has helped fishing dramatically along side more consistent hatches. With strong Trico hatch activity, consistent Midge lifecycle activity, blue winged olives and mixed in micro-caddis...fishing will continue to be very solid. A lot of pressure on this section so be ready for technical fishing.

 

Stream Conditions

Flowrate near Lake George: 81 CFS

Clarity: Clear

 

 

Suggested Methods

Its been a small bug game on all sections of the South Platte heading toward early summer. You'll do best to be prepared with the full lifecycle of the Trico, Midge and Fall BWO. Nymphing will be your staple but if there are enough bugs on the water it will be key to tune in to the surface and film with your key emergers, duns and spinners. Be prepared with Caddis, Yellow Sallies and other sundry early summer bugs as we enter that season.

 

 

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