South Platte: Decker’s
January 14, 2021
Cold overnight and morning temperatures continue to lead to slow mornings and ice buildup. Despite what the flow chart shows, flows continue to hold steady around 70 cfs. The spike in the flow chart is caused by ice and slush building up under the gauging station. While we did experience relatively mild weather this week, the mornings should be avoided unless you enjoy fishing in slush and breaking ice off your fly line. After 12 pm, the water typically clears up and trout become more active. With cold water temps, focusing on the soft water has been key. Slow pools, runs and slack water are where trout are hanging out and feeding, so spend most of you time in these sections. As far as setups go, we’ve seen the most success with a double midge nymph rig and a triple nymph rig led with a heavy searcher/attractor pattern and trailed by midge larva and pupa. Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, Perdigons, Rainbow Warriors, scuds and leeches are great lead attractor patterns at the moment. Bling Midges, Miracle Midges, Manhattan Midges and Blood Midges are some of our go-to midge larva patterns. For your midge pupa, you can’t go wrong with a Top Secret, Mercury Midge, Jujubee Midge or Mercury Black Beauty. Focus on getting your flies deep and achieving a slow drift.
Ideal Days to Fish: 1/13, 1/14 & 1/15
Sub-surface: Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Miracle Midge (#22-24), Bling Midge (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Jujubee Midge (#22-24), RS2 (#20-22), Barr’s Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Buckskin Caddis (#18), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#16-28), Pat’s Rubber Legs, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.
Surface: Parachute Adams (#24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 – 24)
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