South Platte River Report, Deckers, Jan 5 – Gene Rea

Winter TroutFishing Date: 5 Jan 2016


River/Lake: South Platte River – Deckers


Section/ Specific location(s): Below Deckers





   Air Temperature range during fishing: Low to High 40’s


   General Weather conditions: Clear skies with lots of sun! No wind except for the occasional slight puff of




Water Flow (CFS): 126 cfs         Water Temp/Time taken (or best guess): 38 Degrees at 12:00 noon


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




Fish Behavior/Location: Located fish on the bottom of the river


Fish location/where caught: Foam lines adjacent to seams, deep runs, and head of runs.


Where in water column: All fish caught were on the bottom.


Any other feeding behavior you noticed? All strikes were extremely subtle!



Ballpark number of fish landed/size: Landed six fish between 14 and 21 inches.



Type of fish: Three Rainbows, two Cuttbows, and one Brown trout



Flies that worked/sizes: Caught all fish on a #22 Purple Juju Baetis, and #22 Bazoulli Midges. The Bazoulli Midge

is a pattern that we (5280 Angler) developed for winter fishing – it has proven to be a





Other Comments: Fish are extremely slow, very subtle strikes. Again, it is imperative that you set on all

nuances in the drift. Make sure you make multiple drifts in each column. I fished up behind a

couple of guys who fished the water before me but not thoroughly enough. I got the fish they

didn’t because they fished too fast!




Submitted by: Guide Geno Rea