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River: South Platte - Waterton Canyon

South Platte Waterton Canyon

Post By: CatchingTrout      Posted: 4/6/2016 7:49:01 AM     Points: 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.

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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.

 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 4/6/2016 12:44:23 PM     Points: 5125    
Great report, nice pictures looks like a fun day on the river. Thanks for sharing.
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: 4/7/2016 7:41:17 AM     Points: 2486    
That is a great report. Could be used as a template for reporting. Lots of good information, some personal comments, pics, etc.....very good. Oh, and you caught some fish too...which is always a plus.
 Reply by: CatchingTrout      Posted: 4/7/2016 8:34:57 PM     Points: 260    
Thanks for the comments - This was my first river report and fishing trip up Waterton. Plan to go up every two weeks...
 Reply by: Longfish      Posted: 4/9/2016 7:12:59 AM     Points: 347    
Lots of fun to be had on the southplat also should try up around the Deckers area it's another great spot we have a couple family cabins up there
 Reply by: CatchingTrout      Posted: 4/9/2016 8:11:45 PM     Points: 260    
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: Toadfish      Posted: 4/9/2016 8:44:15 PM     Points: 3788    
I do an update for the Platte at Deckers every week, just filled out this weeks. Should be up in a day or 2. Give a shout if you're ever headed up on a weekend and want a fishing partner/net man.
 Reply by: clownfisher      Posted: 4/10/2016 9:50:59 AM     Points: 6    
Awesome pic of the bug. I am currently reading a couple of bug books and I can easily look up your pic. Very nice, thanx.
 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.

Thanks for the report!
 Reply by: CatchingTrout      Posted: 4/10/2016 4:18:10 PM     Points: 260    
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...
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 4/10/2016 10:48:04 PM     Points: 6130    
Yeah I love entomology we could use more of that on this website. Fly-tiers like myself love it!

Speaking of I love the picture of the perlidae. Did not know there were any of those in Waterton, they probably don't exist below Marston.
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/11/2016 7:31:13 AM     Points: 3788    
Catching, bug ID's is an awesome idea!! I think that would be really cool to get to know what's in what water!

I looked for an email on your skipper link, but couldn't find it. Get in touch with me and we can chat, figure out when we can meet up to fish the river!
 Reply by: CatchingTrout      Posted: 4/11/2016 3:35:08 PM     Points: 260    
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...

 Reply by: Longfish      Posted: 4/11/2016 9:41:16 PM     Points: 347    
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
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/11/2016 9:52:30 PM     Points: 3788    
Longfish, I know those cabins and that area very well! Are you on the North side of the road, or are you on the river side?
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 4/12/2016 7:55:22 AM     Points: 6130    
Cool looking scud man! Good to know they get big up there.
 Reply by: Longfish      Posted: 4/12/2016 7:24:13 PM     Points: 347    
We are on the north side of the road between the log cabin and the red cabin our cabins both have green roofs there are two cabins across the road on the river right at the bend
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/12/2016 8:33:08 PM     Points: 3788    
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!
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 4/14/2016 8:04:45 PM     Points: 396    
Here ya go, Routt County biggie, east of Yampa.
BFF is this a dragonfly or damselfly?
I know, I need a manicure wow..
 Reply by: rburgess      Posted: 4/14/2016 8:38:09 PM     Points: 586    
Seems too early for guess would be damsel, but you wern't asking me....
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 4/14/2016 8:42:30 PM     Points: 396    
These beauties were from Steamboat a while stillwater damsel nymph action I have ever experienced
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: 4/14/2016 8:53:08 PM     Points: 44    
Longfish, how is the fishing up there now?
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/14/2016 10:25:32 PM     Points: 3788    
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
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: 4/14/2016 10:27:36 PM     Points: 44    
What part of the river do you fish?
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/14/2016 10:32:48 PM     Points: 3788    
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: A10FLYR      Posted: 4/15/2016 8:36:15 AM     Points: 44    
Thanks guys, I may see you up there some time.

Longfish, how long have you owned that property?
 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
 Reply by: Longfish      Posted: 4/15/2016 11:33:34 AM     Points: 347    
Just to clarify it is my step dads side of the family up there and when I say my whole life I mean since I was 8 I am now 33
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: 4/15/2016 12:32:11 PM     Points: 44    
Franny Roth?
 Reply by: Longfish      Posted: 4/15/2016 2:12:15 PM     Points: 347    
You got it a10 would I know you I am her youngest grandson
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: 4/15/2016 2:28:16 PM     Points: 44    
Is she still alive? Did she ever work at Shuttercraft in Englewood?
 Reply by: Longfish      Posted: 4/15/2016 2:33:45 PM     Points: 347    
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
 Reply by: Longfish      Posted: 4/15/2016 3:22:51 PM     Points: 347    
A10 have you been up this week?
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: 4/15/2016 4:13:33 PM     Points: 44    
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.
 Reply by: Longfish      Posted: 4/15/2016 4:30:58 PM     Points: 347    
A10 LMAO it would be great to meet you up there sometime and do some fishing you brought back some good memories lol
 Reply by: CatchingTrout      Posted: 4/15/2016 4:53:18 PM     Points: 260    

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.
 Reply by: CatchingTrout      Posted: 4/15/2016 4:55:05 PM     Points: 260    
Adub -- nice trout from Steamboat!
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: 4/15/2016 6:16:14 PM     Points: 44    
Catchingtrout, I agree with need to start a thread on entomology and a new one on South Platte, Waterton Canyon. Some inconsiderate hijacker ruined this one!

 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/15/2016 6:20:16 PM     Points: 3788    
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!
 Reply by: Longfish      Posted: 4/15/2016 7:10:17 PM     Points: 347    
I'm all in for a fun day on the river I also apologize for the hijack
 Reply by: CatchingTrout      Posted: 4/15/2016 7:29:25 PM     Points: 260    
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.
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: 4/15/2016 8:38:54 PM     Points: 44    
I can try but it may be a little tough to get around with my walker!
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/15/2016 8:45:11 PM     Points: 3788    
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.
 Reply by: Longfish      Posted: 4/15/2016 9:26:20 PM     Points: 347    
A10 If your willing we will get you on some trout after all I kinda owe you one lol
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: 4/15/2016 11:04:35 PM     Points: 44    
Altho I first fished that area when we moved out here in the early '60s I don't need a walker yet!! Just pulling your legs.....glad to hear the fishing is still good.

A fish together could just happen later this year. We'll see.

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