Weekend Update: Fly Fishing your way through the Winter Time Blues…

If you are fortunate enough to be a Colorado Fly Fisherman then you are quite lucky because winter is one of the best months to be a fly fisherman in the west! Colorado is arguably one of the best tail waters states in the west with such iconic and infamous dam released stretches like the Taylor, Frying Pan, Blue and my personal favorite the South Platte River. These stretches are bug factories producing some of the biggest trout on record!

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Flyfisher Guide with a nice rainbow trout from Colorado’s famed South Platte River

Denver based fly anglers have no excuse for telling their buddies that winter has left them with cabin fever, tying flies and drinking beers, just hoping that the short days of winter will soon blossom into the preferred angling months of spring and summer…

Colorado’s famed South Platte River offers fly anglers some of the best trout fishing in the world. A technical tail water, the South Platte River will humble even the most seasoned of anglers.

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Brown trout from Colorado’s South Platte are among the most healthy and colorful of any trout in the west…

Its no wonder the South Platte River is such a trout and bug factory with tributaries like Clear Creek, Boulder Creek, South Boulder Creek, and the St. Vrain River. The drainage truly offers a true western fly-fishing experience, all with the convenience of being in close proximity to Denver and Boulder…

This weekend looks like a prime time for hitting the South Platte on one of its many sections like the Dream Stream, Cheesman Canyon, Waterton Canyon, or Deckers. Flows right now are at 99.1 CFS below Cheesman Canyon and into Deckers. Indicator nymph fishing with two or three fly nymph rigs, nine-foot leaders and fine 4x-5x tippet is the name of the game. Top flies include thread midges size 20-24, eggs #16-18, san juan worms red #18, Barr’s Emergers #20-24, RS IIs #20-24.

Good luck and have fun this weekend; the weather is looking great for fishing with highs in the 50s on both Saturday and Sunday. It looks a bit cloudy for Saturday, which might bring on some midge and mayfly hatches. Sunday is looking sunny with open skies for optimal sight fishing conditions…

Tight Lines,

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