Got out and fished the Platte in town today with Luke. The flows on the South Platte in Denver are finally on their way down. The rain storms from last week blew out the river and made it unfishable for a day or two. The water is clearing, but there is still a ton of algae and moss floating down the river. This made it tough to get the flies down to the fish. We were able to get a few on thinmints and carp buggers, but the fish were a bit grumpy today. My guess is the sudden drop in flows have got them slightly nervous. Carp were not the only fish on the menu today. Swimming amongst a pod of carp, we spotted a giant catfish! I put it right on her nose and BAM! Biggest one either of use have ever seen in the river.
Look for feeding fish in shallower water. The fish in the deep runs are tough right now. For the most part, they are just resting and not really in the mood to eat. We saw a few tailers and mudders, but not nearly as many right before the rain storms. If things stay clear and dry, then it should return back to normal soon. Walk slow and try to approach the fish slowly and quietly. As the river drops, the fish will get spookier! Saw something else weird today. A Parakeet! Do not know what he was doing there or where he came from, but he sure was brave.