South Platte Deckers/Cheesman Area
I have spent several days on the S. Platte this week focusing most of my efforts well below Deckers. The river is currently flowing at 250CFS and the water is gin clear from Deckers all the way to the confluence with the N. Fork. The fishing has been very good as of late, and we are seeing several quality browns and rainbows throughout the entire river. It feels like a lot of fish who used to call the area above Deckers Bridge home have migrated a long ways down stream. More and more glimpsed of the pre Haymen Fire days everyday. A ton of bug life as well this week. The caddis are still lingering and fish are rising to them in the late evening. During the day I have seen PMD’s, Adult Golden Stones, and DRAKES…yes I said Drakes! I was on a trip 7/8 and fish were coming to the surface with vigor to slap the cripples. Very cool to see Drakes so close to home! I have been fishing some new caddis emergers in the fast water that fish can’t leave alone. Other flies include Rubber legs (slightly doctored with a sharpie), mercers golden stone, and various soft hackle style flies. I have recently developed a new nymph system that is just deadly–come do a trip with me and I’ll show you how it works 😉 Late evening dries have included Crystal Stimulators, Pearl and Elk Caddis, and my Polly and Pearl Caddis. Saturday we floated the section from Nighthawk to the confluence and did very well on short nymph rigs in the late afternoon, with fish turning to dries and STREAMERS in the evening. I was actually quite surprised to see so many fish eat the sculpzilla trailed with a tequilly.
Colorado River: Pump to Radium
Float trip 7/8 on the “C” was very good. Slight stain in the water after some rain, but the fish were on the feed in the right types of water. With the lower flows (1500ish) fish have slid off the far inside seems to the riffles, and shelves. Buggy and somewhat flashy was the fly genre of choice. There are a lot of flies in that category so don’t worry so much about that. Instead, pay close attention to the type of water you hook up in and look for similar water as you progress downstream.
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