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River: South Platte - Downtown Denver
Fish: Walleye

Fly Fishing for Walleye

Post By: efisher127      Posted: 6/1/2019 4:11:24 PM     Points: 0    
Hello everyone,
This may seem like a strange question, but does anyone know of any good spots along the South Platte River downstream of Chatfield (or a different body of water) where I could go fly fishing for walleye? It's one of the few species I haven't caught on the fly, and I've heard they're quite fun. Also, what technique/flies would you recommend when going after them?
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 6/1/2019 4:19:24 PM     Points: 56774    
Welcome to the forum.. look under the editors and writers tab and find Dave Coulsen (flyrodn) and send him an email on his editors link. He retired and travels a lot now so he doesn't post much lately, but he's pretty good about responding to emails.

Am sure there are others on here that can help.. but Dave is a good person to ask. Just check this link.. that's Dave in the pic

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 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: 6/1/2019 8:04:21 PM     Points: 247    
I have caught smaller eyes stripping white zonkers around 470..apparently there are some good ones in the river
 Reply by: KevinB      Posted: 6/1/2019 9:38:10 PM     Points: 40    
The only way I've ever caught a walleye is with my fly rod. I don't know anything about doing it in a river, but my go to pattern at Pueblo is a white meat whistle. I'm sure it would work good in a river too. Strip 'em, jig twitch 'em, slow retrieve ' know, switch it up 'til it works. I've also found clousers, wolly buggers, and egg sucking leeches to be effective.
 Reply by: Wacokid57      Posted: 6/3/2019 9:41:47 AM     Points: 11    
when the water release below Chatfield fires up to a high rate, walleyes escape into the Platte. I don't know how the road construction is affecting access, but guys catch some good walleye below the outflow. The white meat whistle mentioned earlier might be a good option there.