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The South Platte below Cheesman has gotten another winter bump up to 232 CFS -- definitely uncharacteristically high for January. Flows will most likely drop again at some point. The fish can be tougher to get down to when they're glued to the bottom and there's this much water in the system. That being said, if you get your rig dialed and figure out what they're eating, the Splatte is one of the best winter tailwaters within easy day access of Boulder/Denver. Bugs that have been pulling in fish for us on point when nymphing include small red larvae, small attractor worms, small stonefly nymphs, and good droppers have been top secret midges in black, brown, and purple, black beauties, neon nightmares, Don Kings, etc. Small and flashy below small and red can sometimes be the ticket, even when the water is up at 100+ CFS below Cheesman in the wintertime. Eleven Mile Canyon has also had some good reports coming in, and this canyon in particular can have some good dry fly action even in January/February. If you see a good number of fish in the mood to sip on top, try leading with a small, hi-vis griffith's gnat and trailing about 20" of 6 or 7x tippet down to some sort of little stuck-in-the-shuck type midge or tiny sprout midge-type pattern.

Report Updated On: 01/22/2020
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