South Platte River - Cheeseman-Chatfield

Tip of the week 

Midges are coming off at various points during the day depending on the weather. The fish key on smaller nymphs, so imitate 18-22. Fish will move into the shallows and riffles to feed on the nymphs prior to the hatch.

Durring the peak of the hatch both bwos and midges can be fished with a dry and an emerger in the surface film or just below the surface, but getting deep with nymphs and even emergers is typicaly most effective. To get to the biggest fish in the deepest runs use lots of wieght.

Seven-day forecast 

The weather report is more favorable this week, with warmer temps in the 40's preventing the dreaded iced guides.Snow is on the forecast for the later part of the week. Fish through the warmer parts of the day, primarily nymphing, but don't forget to be on the look out for rising fish. Remember to bring layers of clothing to adjust to temperatures. Winter fishing can be challenging, but often yields less crowds and bigger fish. Low flows will require stealth and precise presentations with small nymphs.

Must Have Flies 
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