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We've got great spring conditions on the South Platte right now. Flows are at a near-ideal range of about 350 CFS at the moment, which means happy fish filling up on bugs in a lot of different types of holding water. The South Platte below Cheesman Res can be basically a different fishery depending on how much water is pushing through. When things bump up to the +500 CFS range (as they did for a few days recently), it's all about nymphing bigger bugs with plenty of weight and heavier tippet. Think leeches, scuds, caddis pupae and larvae, bigger mayfly emergers, rubber legs stonefly nymphs, attractor jigs like the HDA variant, etc. Streamers can even be in play in Cheesman and down at Deckers when flows are on the higher side. I've always had the best success in here with relatively smaller white or cream-colored streamers. Other sections like Eleven Mile and above Cheesman are also fishing great with similar bugs and rigs. If you're looking to throw dries/are seeing fish rising, midges are never out of play on the Splatte, but we're also coming into caddis season big time. I like a double dry fly rig with an elk hair caddis in a #14-16 in the lead as an indicator fly that's easy to see and then a smaller BWO or midge of some sort in a #18-22 down below.

Report Updated On: 05/22/2019
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