March 18, 2009 Colorado Trout Hunters Colorado Spring Fly Fishing Trip Report

Date: March 18, 2009

Location: South Platte River  private fly fishing.  Call 303-325-5515 for availability and bookings.

Number of Anglers: 2

Guide: Tad Howard

Weather: Beautiful, sunny, temps in upper 50’s, light wind.

River Condition: Water temps in upper 30s.  Clear water conditions; 80 cfs.


Spring fly fishing This day started out crisp and clear with prime conditions for catching some beautiful trout for David and Brandon, who are both new to fly fishing.  Due to the cold water temps we decided to nymph fish, and they both picked up the technique very fast.  It was not very long before the first couple fish of the day were in the net and the “skunk” was off.  Both Brandon and David did an excellent job of landing these bigger fish, especially for their first time.

As the day was drawing to a close, we decided to practice casting a dry fly.  After a quick casting lesson we decided to put to use the newly learned skills.  After a few looks from some beautiful trout, a nice fish came up and ate the fly with purpose.  It was a great way to finish this introduction to western fly fishing.

The fishing has been exceptional so far this season.  The trout have come through the winter nicely and have been eager to fatten up before the spring spawn.  We have had some luck with dry flies.  There have been some good midge hatches, BWO’s (especially on cloudy days), and the first of the very small spring stoneflys.  Nymph fishing has still been the most productive technique day in and day out.

Please be careful wading, as rainbows and cutthroats and preparing to spawn. It is best not to wade near or into their spawning beds.