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South Platte River Sponsored by
Date 12-Aug-18
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Conditions : South Platte River: Middle Fork As of 8/10/2018. Be on the lookout for your tricos, caddis, and PMD hatches. Flows are low and we have a warm weekend on the way so if the water temps get over 65 degrees please consider other options as our fish will be very stressed especially in these high profile streams. Keep your emergers in the #18 range and try pheasant tails with high reflective patterns during the sunnier parts of the day Flows: 110 CFS

Deckers and Cheeseman Canyon As of 8/10/2018 Flows are up, even above historical averages giving the fish a break from the warm water temps. Summer hatches are on in the Cheeseman/Deckers area so try some Caddis and PMD’s in the morning and watch for some Trico hatches as well. With high flows, try bigger nymph patterns to grab their attention and most importantly get down past the fast currents to the fish feeding on the bottom. Warm water and high flows mean a lot of trout will be holding in faster rifles instead of the deeper holes where oxygen is more abundant. San Juan worms have reported some catches as well as leach patterns. Flows: Deckers 350 CFS Canyon 340 CFS

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About: - (Cheesman Reservoir to Strontia Springs Reservoir only): The splendid natural beauty of this river is distracting even to the most seasoned angler. Bighorn sheep frequent the canyon walls and a variety of birds hover over the water. The two prime stretches of water area are as follows: Cheesman Reservoir to Strontia Springs Reservoir: This Gold Medal river is regarded as one of the best rainbow and brown trout fisheries in the nation. There are many fish over 14 inches, particularly upstream of Scraggy View Picnic Ground. Location: U.S. 85 to Colorado 67. Strontia Springs Reservoir to Chatfield Reservoir: Requires hiking or biking. There are fewer anglers in this stretch than in the Deckers area and the concentrations of fish are impressive. Best bets are rainbow and brown trout. Location: C-470 west to South Wadsworth. Follow Wadsworth to the Kassler Water Treatment Plant. Access to this area is by hiking or biking.

South Park: One of Colorado's best for quality-sized rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. Best areas are between Spinney Mountain and Elevenmile reservoirs, upstream from Spinney, the Middle Fork from the confluence with the South Fork upstream to Fairplay and the South Fork above Antero Reservoir to Highway 285. Best kept secret: Elevenmile Canyon. Location: West of Colorado Springs on Highway 24.

  • Brook
  • Brown
  • Rainbow
  • Cutthroat

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