#18-22, Midge Larva, #20-24, Thorax BWO, However, if you’re stealthy enough, you may still spot some trout holding in a deep pool. #20-22, Clear-Wing Trico Spinner, Most of the fishing has been subsurface with only the occasional rise to a fluttering adult Caddis. Olive/Dun, #20-24, Pheasant Tail, Black, The water is clear, so sight fishing is possible. Fish 5/6x fluorocarbon with a tandem nymph rig and remember to add weight before changing flies as most fish will be laying at the bottom of the deep pools. Cast towards the banks and in the riffles. The water is for the most part clear, allowing sight fishing. Purple, Zebra, Red, If using indicators switch to wool/yarn or any of the lighter alternatives. Zebra, Red, Black, We've been seeing a lot of anglers already on the river so 5x and 6x fluorocarbon tippet and long leaders are recommended. #18-22, Egg Patterns, #20-22, Mercury Pheasant Tail, Its Fall on the Dream Stream! 5x fluorocarbon tippet is highly recommended. #18-20, Soft Hackle PT's, Lime, Olive, Cream, Red, Natural, Tan, Olive, #22-24, Otter Eggs, The flows at the Dream Steam continue to stay consistent around 90 cfs. The PMDs are also still occurring on the Dream Stream. Redds are along the river, so please be sensitive to them and avoid fishing those areas. red, black, Black, Pink, Tan, #14-16, Radiation Baetis, Morning and evening dry fly fishing is still excellent with Tricos and Caddis hatching pretty prolifically. The higher flows and warmer water temps have seen the fishing really pick up in the last few days with much more bug activity and a variety of patterns and techniques fooling fish. Brown, Gray, The Dream Stream has fished well recently, despite a drop in flows from two weeks ago. Try an attractor pattern up top (scuds/eggs/worms), followed by red, purple or black midges below and definitely use fluorocarbon 6x tippet. In the morning, fish tricos, PMDs, and terrestrials patterns. For other current fishing reports on rivers throughout Colorado, be sure to check in with our friends at FlyCast. Winter fishing has definitely arrived on the South Platte. Winter fishing has definitely arrived on the South Platte. Season: Fishable before the spring run off. #18-20, JuJu Baetis, #8-14, Eggs, You can also park at Spinney and work up from the inlet. Midges and BWOs have been spotted on the surface on overcast days, but nymphing is still the most productive technique this time of year. #14-20, Real Caddis Larva, Late afternoon into the evening, the fish are rising to Caddis dries and Trico Spinners. Pink, Apricot, Red, Purple, Red, Pearl, Due to the diverse angling options, fishing can be had year round. Wait for the water to heat up a bit as we have seen very little feeding activity until 10am or so. Rising temperatures slow down the catch rate during the mid day hours, but the fishing during the early mornings and late evening has been solid with several hatches occurring simultaneously. Don't be afraid to put on a streamer or leech pattern and see what happens! SOUTH PLATTE BASIN Fishing Report View Report, Sign Up For the Latest News, Sales And Deals, © 2020 Trouts Fly Fishing. BWOs and small midges are hatching on the overcast, non-windy days, so fooling a trout on the dry fly is not completely out of the question. #18-22, CDC RS2, Dead drifting Baetis nymphs, Caddis larva, and Midges can be very effective. Our most productive rigs have been small flies with light lines fished in the riffles. Black, Olive, The fishing at Spinney has been sporadic over the last few weeks with some days being very productive and other days being somewhat challenging. It would be smart to add these to some of the other patterns listed below that are working. The occasional risers will be small midges and BWOs later in the afternoon. Look for pods of fish rising in the slow water and fish small dries or emergers with 6x fluorocarbon and long leaders. Tan, Green, Baetis patterns in the purple and red are good trailer choices for your midge patterns with a top attractor being an egg or san juan worm. #16-18, RS2, Red, Black, Olive, Red, Purple, You'll see a continuation of Trico activity with increased presence of Pseudo Baetis (Small Fall BWO's), and the full Midge Lifecycle. #18-24, Egg Patterns, The Trico's have been coming off around 7:30 am followed by the Caddis. The afternoons have seen light (tan/yellow) color caddis and PMDs in the 16-18 range and tiny Tricos in 22-26s. Use an attractor pattern such as a San Juan Worm or Flash Back PT up top & trail a small midge pattern for your nymph rig. When nymphing, be wary of larger strike indicators, use 5x or 6x fluorocarbon tippet, and stick with the smaller size #22-#24 midges. We suggest you use an attractor pattern such as a scud, egg, or bright copper john up top & trail a BWO emerger or small midge pattern for your nymph rig. Below are some recommended patterns that have been fooling the trout. #16-18, Graphic Caddis, Olive, Dun, The best way to target fish in this stretch though has to be dry-dropper. Nymphing a double nymph rig is productive throughout the day with rising trout in slow water during the warmest parts of the afternoon. #20-24, Juju Baetis, A habitat stamp is required to fish this area. #18-20, Amy's Ant, Tan, Olive, Shotglass Baetis, #16-20, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Black and Grey Sparkle Wing, Don't be discouraged if you get no action at all through the afternoon. Leeches, Worms and and streamers are all in play now. When nymphing, use an attractor pattern such as a San Juan Worm or Flash Back PT up top and trail a Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail or a Purple Juju Baetis. and the water has cleared up.
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