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Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Fly Fishing Denver - Really in the City

Not all fishing in in the Gunpowder.!  Here's our fishing adventure in Denver, Colorado.

Fly fishing the South Platte River in downtown Denver should be on your bucket list! More and more residents and visitors to Denver are realizing that there is exciting fishing only minutes away from their backdoor or hotel. The South Platte River flows from the Chatfield Reservoir right through downtown Denver.

The South Platte has a reputation as a challenging river for massive carp. There is even an annual pro-am Carp Slam tournament. Besides carp, these urban Denver waters are also home to rainbows and browns, bass, perch and walleye. Stable water flows and the warmer summer months are best for fishing these waters.  

The last time I was in the Minturn Anglers fly shop in Denver, I spent some talking to another customer who says that he typically fishes the South Platte 3 or 4 times a week. He enjoys the serenity of the water as counterpoint to the overhead bridge traffic at Florida Avenue. The surprisingly clear and clean river flows quietly, unaffected by the surge of cars on South Santa Fe Drive. 

One of the friendly fishing guides at Minturn Anglers overheard our conversation, and suggested a few other spots (they have a few Denver fly fishing trips). There is an eddy at the railroad trestle on the northwest side that offers interesting challenges. Access is easy, walking past the 6th Avenue Bridge to Phil Milstein Park’s southern end. Another location to try is at the southern end of South Platte Park. He suggested using weighted flies cast into the whitewaters and deep holes in the area. Another option is to find your own new fishing spot by trekking the 30 miles of the South Platte Greenway Trail which follows the river through the city. 

The possibility of catching a 5 to 40 pound carp is something I want to try, so I stocked up on some flies recommended by very knowledgeable Minturn Angler staff. I chose a Crazy Dad 8, a Swimming Carp Nymph and Morlock’s Carp Breakfast to start. I am looking forward to this new fly fishing adventure! 

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