South Platte River Report, Deckers, Dec 25 – Gene Rea

Fishing Date: 25 Dec 2015/0930 to 1230                                    


River/Lake: South Platte River – Deckers


Section/ Specific location(s): Above Y-Camp Road





   Air Temperature range during fishing: 17 to 22 degrees


   General Weather conditions (sunny/cloudy/windy/etc): Overcast/Snowing



Water Flow (CFS): 152 cfs                 Water Temp/Time taken (or best guess): 38 degrees/1000 am


Water conditions/clarity (clear/stained/murky/etc): Gin Clear – unlimited visibility


Hatches: Chartreuse Midges around noon – no surface activity


Fish Behavior/Location: Very lethargic/sitting on bottom


Fish location/where caught: Riffles, and deeper runs/slots. Also, in the run tail outs.


Where in water column: Bottom


Any other feeding behavior you noticed? Very subtle strikes


Ballpark number of fish landed/size: Landed 7 fish, three in the 18/19 inch range, the others about 14/16



Type of fish: Rainbow Trout, and Cutthroat Trout



Flies that worked/sizes: All were on #22 Mercury FB Black Beauties, and #22-#24 Grey RS II’s.



Other Comments: Need to be patient and really work the runs – multiple drifts. I was fishing behind guys who were working the water quickly and not catching anything. I came in behind and worked the water they had just fished and caught fish they had missed. Set on everything! The strikes were very subtle.




Submitted by: Guide – Geno Rea