Colorado Fishing Conditions – North Fork South Platte 5/6/06

LocationNorth Fork Meadows Ranch on North Fork South Platte River (Private Water) – Guide Tad Howard of coloradotrouthunters — Read the full story via the Meadows Ranch link.
DateMonday 5/6/2006
CFS300 CFS had been running at 300 for last 2 weeks  Current flow as of 5/28/06 is 720 CFS.
Water Temps38 around 9 am to 44 or 45 by 3 pm
Water Clarityclear to medium clear.  Visibility generally 4 to 8 ft
WeatherAir Temps high 40s to mid 50s. Skies were mostly sunny. Possible rain in late afternoon.  Rain happened after we left at 5 pm.
Patterns Usedpeach mini egg 1/8 inch diameter with Mcfly foam milt or egg yarn milt was the fly of the day, #14 Killer Special, and #16 gray RS2 variation.  Black egg sucking leach as a single streamer.
Techniques3 nymph rig with peach mini-egg on top, killer special middle and RS2 on bottom.  Most fish were on the egg in lower ranch and on many on killer special on upper ranch.
Overall Fishing RatingExcellent Total hookups were 30 to 35.  With all fish but four in the 18 to 24 inch range.
Fishing ForecastNorth Fork Meadows Ranch and North Fork Guest Ranch just west of the Meadows both fish really well in April and May with flows from 54 to 350.  Current flow is 720 CFS.  I have not fished the No. Fork South Platte at those flows.  (I would fish along the banks at this flow rate if I was fishing it.)
Comments300 was a good flow rate.  Kept enough food moving to keep fish actively feeding. Bottom rocks were slippery and wading was careful.
Reported ByMarshall, Editor
Fly Fishing Colorado