South Fork of the South Platte River

Hartsel, Colorado 80449

South Fork of the South Platte River

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This river drains the headwaters of the west basin of South Park and meanders from pine-covered meadows through barren pastures to Antero Reservoir, then downstream through canyons and meadows to its confluence with the Middle Fork southeast of Hartsel.

Check out the stream below Antero in the fall when browns from Spinney Mountain Reservoir are making their annual spawning runs. The South Fork above Antero Reservoir has some brown trout up to 20 inches in the undercut banks. Most of the fish are between 12 and 16 inches. Caddis flies are the main prey in these waters. If the fish are hitting the surface, fish an elk hair caddis, if not try a sparkling caddis emerger. Standard nymphs like the Pheasant Tail or Hare’s Ear can be effective. In slow areas around holes in late summer, try a bass popper bug or a hopper pattern and let it (but not the line) plop loudly in the water. Streamers and spinners retrieved over holes or against cutbanks are effective.

Key Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout."

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