South Platte River 12/27/2012

South Platte Rainbow

I hit the South Platte today since it was one of the only rivers that isn’t frozen over right now.  I didn’t expect to catch much because, well…it’s the S. Platte in December.  And, my expectations were met.

I only caught one (small) rainbow. But I can’t complain.  After all, it was a frigid day on one of the toughest rivers in Colorado.  So cold in fact, my net froze:

I brought my old Orvis Stretch-and-Release net because I thought it would accomodate all the big fish I didn’t catch better than my usual Tenkara USA tamo.  But I forgot that the netting absorbed water and was prone to freezing. Oh well. I still had pretty scenery and got some fresh air.

You can see my Tenkaramobile in the background on the right.

It wasn’t a spectacular by any means but it was a good day.  On the S. Platte, many people consider it a good day if they catch just one fish in the spring, summer, or fall.  So I was content to catch one in the middle of winter.  And I did in with tenkara.  Can’t complain. :)

Author: Jason Klass

Jason is an avid fly angler and backpacker. As a former fly fishing guide originally from Western New York, he moved to Colorado and became an early adopter of tenkara which perfectly suited the small, high altitude streams and lakes there. He has not fished a Western-style fly rod for trout since.

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  1. What type of gloves are you using?? And nice fish!

  2. Отличная работа, Jeson!

  3. Hi Jason,
    They’re Orvis fleece mittens my wife got me. Not sure of the model.

  4. well down here the arkansaw (below the dam..”pueblo”tailwaters -where fountain creek dumps in)…is not froze…however the cfs is around 31-35….just saying …keep up the good work !!!!i read an do the diy all the time

  5. I’m looking forward to getting back home after the fly show and getting back on the water, if it still exists in a liquid state!

  6. Muy buena pesca a pesar del frío..!!!!…Felicitaciones..

  7. Jason, Ihr Fliegenfischen ist eine aufzupassen Freude.

  8. I really miss winter fishing on the Platte and the other wonderful little tailwaters in CO. Montana winters are definitely tougher to get out and fish in.

  9. LOL, danke!

  10. So jealous!! I can’t go fishing until New Years Day because of how busy work has been recently so I’m itching to get out there! It’s a favorite fall spot for me but I’ve never fished it in the winter. Or with Tenkara for that matter! And I’ll definitely have to order up a pair of those gloves.

  11. Thanks Vlad! But not really.

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