Rickey caught his first carp on the South Platte River in Denver this week! We worked hard for him, but we finally got em! Ricky was able to get a couple chances and managed to seal the deal in the middle of the day. The fish are still feeding heavy and very happy. Stable flows and hot weather has got them in a stable feeding pattern. They are loving the heat and have started to feed during the middle and end of the day. Water clarity is not consistent for some reason. Some days it has been clear and other days a little off. The clarity has nothing to do with runoff or release from Chatfield, just a little funky in spots.
Thinmints, Backstabbers, Swimming Carp Fly and Clouser Swimming Nymphs have all been the effective patterns. The fish are not afraid of the shallows, we have been seeing them cruising and eating in 1-3 feet of water. You must adjust your presentation and fly accordingly. For help with your fly sections, check out the latest carp blog post on Choosing the Right Carp Fly. This post will help you narrow down the right fly for the situation and give you three key things to think about when selecting your flies.