Well, we’ve made it to the last big holiday weekend of the summer season! The weather is looking great, the campgrounds are filling up, and the fishing has been fantastic! This morning started off sunny, but then we got a few spots of rain in the valley, but nothing to really speak of. On the fishing side of things, Oh my! It’s has been really good for the last couple of days. In the morning, you can’t go wrong with the Trico’s. Doubling up on dry flies with an indicator bug and a smaller dry has been working well after the Tricos are finished, and underneath, the fish have been going crazy over the grey/RS-2 Sparkle-wing, size 22-24. Bugs such as the grey pheasant tail, pat’s rubber legs, copper john, all trailing a variety of emergers and midges have been extremely productive between noon throughout the day! This morning I watched a guide on the river assist an Angler as she hooked up on a nice 19/20 inch Brown on a small Baetis. Not sure exactly what it was, but Baetis for sure. Last night, as it’s really just about too dark to see, the BWO’s are coming off big time! The fish are jumping out of the air along the banks and the granite walls, eager to risk it all in hopes of a tasty morsel! The friendly, knowledgeable staff at Flies-n-lies will certainly send you off with everything you could possibly need for a day on the Platte, so stop in and gear up for the day. Be sure to check them out at http://www.flies-n-lies.com. The current flow below Cheesman Dam is 281 cfs and 290 in Trumbull. Clarity is improving, but moss is still in the picture! It’s going to be a busy weekend fishing the Platte, so get up here early and remember that there is much more open areas to fish downstream from Decker’s. Word of advice, If you are not expecting to have someone fishing no further than 20 yards away from you, heed the warning and head on down river!!
On the camping and cabin side of things, we’re filling up fast and most the cabins are booked for the holiday weekend! Both Flies and Lies and the Decker’s Country Store both have cabins to rent. Please visit http://www.southplatterivercabins.com for more information and current availability. In the Decker’s area, we basically have 4 campgrounds. Three of the campgrounds are on Hwy.67, the other being on Jefferson County Rd.126. The only campground that takes reservations is the Lone Rock Campground. You can make your reservation here at http://www.reserveamerica.com. At about 5 o’clock this afternoon, they were filling up fast. So, if you aren’t up here yet, don’t expect to get a site at any of these campgrounds, sorry! Good news on the Fire Bans! Jefferson County has lifted their stage one fire ban and their are no current fire restrictions. Douglas County still has stage one in place, visit http://www.dcsheriff.net/sheriffs-office/divisions/emergency-management/fire-restrictions/ for the details. Please have a safe holiday weekend and I will see you back here tomorrow with an updated fishing report.