April 17, 2010 Colorado Trout Hunters Colorado Fly Fishing Trip Report

Date: April 17, 2010

Location: South Platte River Private Water Call 303-325-5515 for guide trip bookings

Number of Anglers: 2

Guide: Tad Howard

Weather: Cloudy in AM; clearing in afternoon.

River Condition: Water on the South Platte has risen and looks great! Slightly off color in the morning but clear in afternoon. Flow: 140 CFS.

A memorable day of fly fishing with Marshall, editor of www.fly-fishing-colorado.com and his fishing partner Joan McCord.

The fish were cooperative from the start.  The water had risen the day before, making it slightly off-color in the morning and allowing us to get away with large flies, mainly nymphs, and heavy tippets. Most of the strikes were anything but subtle! We were into fish the whole
time and caught all 4 species of trout (pictured here): including rainbows, browns, cut-bows and cutthroat trout.  The fish made it through the winter in great shape and have been cooperative.

Multiple fish were hooked in just about every area we attempted. Usually the strikes would come quickly, as their had not been much
fishing pressure and the trout were very aggressive.

The highlight was a pair of beautiful big brown trout with great color and football shape proportions.

In trout news:
The weather has been cooperative now for some time.  The fishing has been very good to exceptional, especially on the private waters.
We have had some great trips on the public water, but it has been a bit more challenging some days (although still lots of fun!).  All the
fishing should continue to improve, prior to the start of runoff.

Marshall with the big brown of the day.

Fine spotted cutthroat trout from the South Platte River.

Beautiful colors on this rainbow trout.