A fun and productive way to fish the South Platte with flies you can actually see!
The month of July was an eye opening experience for our clients who gave us the privilege of teaching a new and exiting book on the South Platte. The days of year-round “small nymph, light tippet indicator fishing” on the South Platte have come and gone. This month we fished #10 Green Drake cripples, we watched fish come off the bottom of six feet of water to annihilate #4 adult salmon flies skated on the surface, and sight fished #6 stonefly nymphs. More, recently we have seen fish chase hoppers with bad intention from the bank to the middle of the river like a striper chasing a topwater plug. Expect this action to remain steady through the remainder of August and September!What You Will Learn…
–Methods for skating large dry flies and terrestrials that produce eruptions not sips on the surface.
–The right type of water, conditions, and flies to effectively fish attractors on the South Platte.
— Nymphing big fish out of fast water with big nymhps and streamers with the “Bunker Buster Rig”
–Using heavier tippet to land fish quickly in warm water thus reducing stress on the fish.
–A new fun, and productive way to fish the South Platte developed by Colorado natives who grew up fishing the South Platte.-Myths Busted in July: Erasing the “Small Fly Light Tippet Stigma”
Throughout July, the following myths of the South Platte were clearly busted. If you would like personal testimonials and references, we would be happy to provide you with info for the many now loyal clients who helped us bust these myths. 720-851-4665.-The following excerpts were taken from Pat Dorsey’s “A Fly Fisher’s Guide to the South Platte River.”
“Like Caddisflies, stoneflies don’t
provide anglers with exceptional dry-fly action on the South Platte.”
-page 132″As you progress downstream toward scraggy view, Pteronarcys stoneflies (salmon flies) become available to trout in vast numbers, but unfortunately the same holds true-sporadic interest from the trout.”
-Page 132″Don’t get me wrong-there are plenty of hoppers in the Cheesman and Deckers areas, especially in the lower canyon and and around bridge crossing. I’m not sure why the trout don’t key in on them more.”
“Attractors are not a major concern when it comes to selecting a fly for the South Platte River.”
“The South Platte River is missing one key element consistent dry fly action with attractors.”
Myth Busting Photos From July
Big Rainbow skating a #6 Black Foamulator.
24″ on 7/14: Sight fished in clear water with 3x tippet and a #6 stonefly nymph
First fish on a dry fly with #8 Puterbaugh’s Golden Stone