Post By: CatchingTrout Posted: 4/6/2016 7:49:01 AMPoints: 260
Took advantage of the warmer weather and rode up Waterton Canyon to checkout fishing conditions. (Canyon access closed Monday through Saturday until May 15, 2016 due to construction on High Line Canal diversion)
Posted fishing report on river condition,weather, etc.
[log in for link]
Started a few hundred yards below Strontia Springs Dam in a deep run. Water temperature was only 45 degrees at 10:00. Caught my first brown on a golden stone pattern. Fished mostly in the top two miles, hitting deep runs and nymphing. Around 12:00, small hatches of blue-winged olives (BWO - Baetis) were coming off river, however, I did not see trout keying in on this, likely due to the hatch being light. Golden stones and scuds were prevalent. Trout caught were all browns, 11-14 inch range in size. Fishing was slow but was able to hook into several brown. Half way down canyon the water temp was still only 48 degrees. All in all it was a good day out on the river.
Longfish -- Fishing around Deckers for years back in the 90s and early 2000. Want to check out the two miles just above Strontia Reservoir. Would enjoy getting back up there to check out the Platte River...
Reply by: brookieflyfisher Posted: 4/10/2016 9:56:53 AM Points: 6130
If you're going to be fishing waterton often be sure to pick up some size 20-26 (not joking) midge dries and emergers next time you're in a fly shop. Cannot tell you how many times they'll sip itty bitty midges even when there's a strong BWO or caddis hatch going, especially early in the season.
Since a sz 24 midge dry is impossible to see even on flat water just rig it on a 2-fly rig about 8 inches behind an elk hair caddis or something similar that you can see. That way you just watch your visible fly and if a fish rises close to that fly just set the hook.
Toadfish --- will be getting out on a river almost weekly soon, so yes, would enjoy fishing the Platte with you.
Brookie and others--- do you think some posts about aquatic insect IDs would be be good? I spend some time with an entomologist from CSU photographing some of the more common nymphs and adults stages...
brookieflyfisher --- have not looked for golden stones below Chatfield. There were a fair number in Waterton though. Will work on posts related to river entomology and time of year. Was really surprised by the size of the scuds I found in Waterton. The one in the photo below is close to 1/2 inch long.
Toadfish - Thanks for pointing out that I had not activated email contact on my skipper page. Just turned it on so people can email me...
Catchingtrout, we have couple cabins up by scraggy view picnic area with some private river bank witch makes for some great fly-fishing also like to use crank baits for fun but makes it a little to easy
Awesome! I can honestly say I'm jealous Longfish. That would be an amazing place to have a cabin, hell I would live up there if I had a cabin up there LOL and I know exactly which cabins you're talking about!
A10, I haven't been up since last weekend but it was great then, saw lots of fishermen catching on fly rods. This storm has me wondering what the pressure change will do to the bite and the hatches, it might be off for a few days, but if I can get up there this weekend I will and let you know. I know they are currently looking to get some pretty impressive snow totals so we shall see
I usually start just the other side of Willow Creek rd. Or about 10 miles down river from Deckers and work my way up to Deckers. Sometimes if I feel super enthusiastic I will hike into Cheesman Canyon and fish there, but most of my time is spent from Deckers down river. I know that long fish has property up there, but I am usually there at least once a week so I provide weekly status updates and keep an eye on flows
Reply by: Longfish Posted: 4/15/2016 7:04:19 AM Points: 347
A10 we were up there last Wednesday (10 days ago ) the river was low but fishing was fair water a little cloudy due to run off my best fishing on the river starts may 15 after the dam has been opened and the river is high fishing always best above scraggy view picnic lots of public river and don't forget some up there think they own the river they don't they own the bank you can fish any ware on the river don't let anyone tell you different just enter the river on public land good luck be carefull and have fun
Reply by: Longfish Posted: 4/15/2016 10:39:32 AM Points: 347
My grandma had lived in her house since the 60s and my dad and his brothers and sisters bought the cabin up above in 96 or 97 I have fished that river my whole life my grandma well known up there as granny Franny taught me everything I know about fly-fishing
No a10 unfortunately she has passed away in fact she haddent lived up there in a few years couldn't make the drive any more so stayed with my aunt carrolann the last couple years I can't remember if she worked there or not as a kid I thought she was a professional bowler / horse shoe player lol
Ah yes, a lot of history up there. Franny and my Dad hated each other! She ran me off the road one time with her red truck when I was fixing the fence! :) Fond memories!!! I never met her so I can't comment on her personality. Don't want to start a "Hatfield & McCoy" thing here.
I haven't fished the river in 30 years. Still own the property tho. Used to fish Dekers and Cheeseman canyon a lot.
A fella by the name of Ray Newell platted that valley. He kept 5-10 feet between each parcel so no one could combine two or more parcels. I understand someone went in and bought all that ribbon of land after Ray passed away. Ray used to land his Piper Cub on that flat land between the road and river.
Old retired GI owned the highest cabin, Frank Lalosa, (sp). He used to play polka music on his loudspeakers that could be heard all across the valley.
The photo you have is a dragonfly. Dragonflies have much larger eyes than damselflies, with the eyes taking up most of the head as they wrap around from the side to the front of the face. The eyes of a damselfly are large, but there is always a gap of space between them. Dragonflies also have bulkier bodies than damselflies, with a shorter, thicker appearance. When at rest dragonflies hold their wings out perpendicular to their bodies, like an airplane. Damselflies fold their wings up and hold them together across the top of their backs.
Very sorry, I was also involved in the hijacking of this thread... My most sincere apologies! On that note... A10 and Longfish we should meet up sometime and fish the river with Catching and whoever else!
Actually, one of the things that I enjoy about this forum is the camaraderie among members... so no complaints about this post getting of original topics. We should definitely plan a day to fish the South Platte River around the cabins.
I will be starting a weekly post on aquatic insects starting this weekend. Will be a couple of different approaches to these posts - some may start with 'What is it?" while other posts will be straight info about an insect and its stages related to it being on a trout's menu.
A10 there are a few easy access spots! And if we had to we could always just hook em and hand over the rod so you get to feel the tug (which is the drug). I've seen a few guys in wheelchairs catch some NICE fish in that area so I've no doubt you can kill em.