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The South Platte River

south platte scraggy viewThe South Platte River in Colorado is renowned as a World Class fishery

Fly fishermen from nearby Denver and Colorado Springs and from around the world come to test their skills here every year. Parts of the system can be fished year round, as seven dams on the river are bottom released, providing stable water temperatures for optimal fishing opportunities. When you can take your attention away from admiring the scenic beauty of the South Platte and its surroundings, know that you are fishing water holding an abundance of rainbows and browns. Some areas report an average of 4,000 to 7,000 fish per mile.

The South Platte has the Rocky Mountains and the Front Range and Eastern Plains in Colorado and part of Wyoming as its drainage basin. It joins the North Platte in Nebraska to form the Platte River which then flows on to Missouri.

The South Platte River is the most diverse and longest river to fish in Colorado, offering numerous kinds of fly fishing opportunities. Much of the river has reasonably easy access, and maps are available. Work your way through any of the several canyons in the river’s path, try out skills in areas where the River meanders through meadows, or fish tailwaters year round. Find your own special riffles, runs and pools. The South Platte has something to challenge both new and experienced anglers.

Rainbows, browns and cutthroats are of impressive sizes, and can often be seen gliding through clear currents. Some consider that the trout here are the most educated in North America, so look forward to a challenge. Some areas of the river are also home to bass, brooks, carp, and even pike.

Because the South Platte is so long, it is broken down into several sections, each offering unique fly fishing opportunities. South Platte waters definitely worth exploring include The Tomahawk, Hartsel, Deckers, Urban Denver, Dream Stream, Badger Basin, Clear Creek and Bear Creek. At any of these locations, Gold Medal Trout Stream Fishing awaits.

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