Video: Fly Fishing Colorado’s South Platte River

“ON THE FLY” South Platte from ONTHEFLY on Vimeo.

A great camping and fly fishing video that focuses on the magical trout fishing on the South Platte River in Colorado.

From the filmmaker:

“This adventure started when myself, Josh Diller, and Mike Malchow planned a weekend fishing/camping trip to the South Platte River. we got up early and hit the road from Summit County making it there just at day brake. Day one revealed lots of Big Cutbows and rainbows heading back to the lake from their spawning beds! With great successes we decided to do some filming. Camping supplies packed we found a great location and called it home for the night. All evening we could think of nothing else but those big cutthroat and getting them on film! When we awoke day two started out great with an early start and high expectations! We knew it to be a little slow right away in the morning as the morning before had been, but as the new day grew on the wind picked up and got worse and worse.. By mid noon and still no big fish in the net, with winds gusting we decided to call it off and head back to summit. Nothing less to be said this is what we came up with while trying to battle the wind. Enjoy!”

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More on this fly fishing destination:

Denver is almost the starting point for the world-class fly fishing that Colorado is known for. Running through downtown Denver is the South Platte River – a prized tailwater that serves trout and carp anglers in and near Denver and also provides extraordinary fishing in more mountainous locations southwest of Denver. Access spots such as Deckers and the gorgeous Cheesman Canyon tend to draw many anglers, while there is also highly regarded private water along the South Platte.

Further south, the Arkansas River offers a great deal of public access in diverse settings as well as opportunities for both walk and wade and float trips. And just west of the Arkansas flows the Gunnison River – famed for its gorgeous Gunnison Gorge and for spectacular float trips and salmonfly hatches.

Among many, two other rivers that attract raft and drift boat action are the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers. Meeting the Colorado in Glenwood Springs, the Roaring Fork offers easy access in its smaller sections closer to Aspen and opportunities for wading and floating as the river widens through the Roaring Fork Valley. Float trips on the Colorado River take anglers through seemingly endless miles of trophy trout water and through much of the state that is otherwise hard to access by foot.

The Taylor, Frying Pan, and Blue Rivers are tailwaters that offer anglers a unique opportunity to catch exceptionally strong (and often magnificently colorful) trout that reach often unbelievable sizes. Due to the constant supply of food and nutrients by way of mysis shrimp that flow through the spillways of the dams on the rivers, these trout are often both big and beautiful.

Rocky Mountain National Park includes everything from the Big Thompson River to several creeks and lakes in a setting that often promise both great scenery and run-ins with big game animals. And throughout the rest of most of the state, anglers can choose from some of the best rivers on earth, including the Yampa, San Juan, San Miguel, Cimarron, Animas, Rio Grande, Eagle and more. And for something different, lakes, reservoirs, and a range of backcountry waters provide additional opportunities.

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