Date: July 28, 2012
Flow: 48 CFS @ Englewood
Flies: Flies: #06-08 Thinmint, #06 Minnow Backstabber, #08 Egan’s Headstand Rust, #06 Black Backstabber, #08-10 Clouser Swimming Nymph Rust, #08 Headstand Leech, #06 Swimming Carp Fly Tan, #06 Barry’s Carp Fly
The Carp Fishing in Denver was a bit tough today. Rain from last night made seeing fish more difficult. The Englewood gauge jumped from 33 CFS to 150 CFS in an instant after a thunderstorm rolled through yesterday afternoon. This influx of rain water clouded the clarity of the water. That does not mean that we were not able to find some fish. We covered twice the amount of water we normally do and focused our attention on the shallows and flats. This paid off with only a couple fish, but better than the goose egg!
The flow is dropping fast, and a 100 CFS bump is no big deal, as long as you are not there the morning after. The river will clear quickly, as long as the rain stays away from Denver. We fished the normal flies today. Thinmints, Barry’s Carp Fly, Backstabbers and one of Luke’s carpy concoctions. Look for the fish in shallow water, about 2-3 feet deep (because that is all the visibility you will have). Walk slow, the fish will be hard to spot the next couple days, until the water clears. Keep your distance and do not rush things. The water clarity will get worse as you move north on the South Platte River. Southern sections will be a bit clearer.
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