Flies & Lies On the South Platte River
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Fishing & River Report

Flies & Lies Fishing Report 05/23/24

CFS : at Cheesman canyon dam - 440

CFS : at Trumbull below brush creek - 580

Water clarity: Clear though Cheesman canyon, about 3 feet from Deckers on down. 

Cheesman dam is currently spilling, flows have been slowly dropping over the last week and are currently 580cfs by the fly shop. The river has fished great recently! Water clarity is still a little off color but in a good way. Lots of caddis hatching right now but we are not seeing a lot of fish looking towards the surface. Hopper fishing is starting to pick up as well but we're still a ways off from it getting good.

Nymphing has been lights out! We've caught fish on a variety of flies lately, scuds, worms, leeches, caddis and baetis have all done very well. Look for fish to be holding on the edges of runs and riffles and in the slack water behind boulders. Make sure you have enough weight on to get to the bottom!

Nymphs -

•San Juan worm tan/wine/pink - size 10

•UV Scud tan/orange - size 14-16

•Mini leech olive/brown - size 14-16

•Buck skin - size 18

•Beadhead caddis larva - size 16

•Chocolate thunder - size 20

•Juju baetis Beadhead - size 20

•Flashback pheasant tail - size 20

If you need any flies or could use advice on rigging. Swing by the fly shop!

If you see someone poaching, call Operation Game Thief 1-877-265-6648, with a description or swing by the shop and give us a heads-up.

Fly Shop Hours

Monday-Thursday  8 AM to 4 PM

Fri, Sat & Sun  8 AM to 5 PM

303-647-2237

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