Colorado Fly Fishing Trip Report from the South Platte River March 15th 2007

Date: March 15, 2007

Location: North Fork of the South Platte private fly fishing close to Denver.  Call 303-325-5515 for availability and bookings.

Number of Anglers: 1

Guide: Tad Howard

Weather: Cool but nice; sunny, with temps in the high 50’s-low 60’s.

River Condition: Water temps in upper 30’s, into lower 40’s by mid day.  Water is running about 55 cfs and is slightly off color.

Fishing is heating up with the nice weather.  The trout seem hungry and healthy as they fatten up before the spawn.  Our
angler, Trey, was on his first western fly fishing trip and managed to land and release between 15 – 20 beautiful Colorado trout.  Most of the fish were in perfect condition and were very scrappy fighters.  Nymph fishing was the most productive method of the day, with bead head nymphs fished behind an attractor being a deadly combo.  There was also some action with a dry-dropper combo that actually produced the biggest fish of the day.

Overall the fishing the last few days has been very good with anglers experiencing success on a variety of public and private waters.  The fishing should remain excellent through the spring.

First western trout with a fly rod!

Nice wild brown trout from the South Platte River.

Silver colored rainbow trout caught fly fishing the South Platte near Denver.

Nice 18.5 inch rainbow trout .

Trey fishing a great spot on the South Platte.

Pretty cut-bow trout from fly fishing The South Platte