Mark Adams fooled this beautiful rainbow on a Dorsey's orange UV Scud. The scud bite has been impressive as of late with the above average flows on the South Platte.
Billy Aud fooled this beautiful South Platte Rainbow with a stonefly nymph. Don't let the high flows fool you, fishing has been excellent as of late.
Despite the high flows in many sections of the South Platte River, fishing is still very good! Flows below Cheesman Reservoir are currently 614 cfs. Feeder creeks are adding a lot of additional water below Cheesman Canyon and the clarity deteriorates quickly as you move downstream.
Below Deckers the water is off-colored but this can be a huge advantage for the angler. The fish are not feeling pressured and they are eating hard. If the water is dirty, fish with bright flies like chartreuse egg patterns, pink San Juan Worms, and Chamois Leeches. In high, clear water, fish with your normal "high water bugs" and standard tailwater selection. Effective flies as of late have been UV Scuds, San Juan Worms, stoneflies, craneflies, and Baetis nymphs.
Cheesman Reservoir is spilling and the South Platte trout are happy! Currently there is 770 cfs flowing through Cheesman Canyon with 675 cfs flowing over the spillway (the remainder is coming off the bottom). Dave Bennett from Denver Water plans on mixing the water from the bottom, mid-level valve (Jet Valve) and the upper spillway to maximize water temperatures.
The South Platte trout are feeding heavily on scuds, aquatic worms, and Baetis nymphs. Water temperatures are in the mid-50's and the fish are loving life! Grace Smith photo
Long Meadow, Boxwood Gulch, North Fork Ranch and the Meadows properties are open for business! The flow is all natural (no supplemental water from the Roberts Tunnel) and running about 60 cfs. Fishing has been good lately with an assortment of midge-nymphs, bead heads, egg patterns, leeches, San Juan Worms, and streamers.
Bruce Fuentes fooled this beautiful fish with a streamer on Long Meadow Ranch. We are excited that the private leases on the North Fork are open for business.
Pat Dorsey is an author and fly fishing guide. He is a co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado.