0000005538 00000 n 0000010179 00000 n 7 Another great catch and release shot taken on the South Platte! 0000007080 00000 n 183 0000035910 00000 n Deckers is equal parts rough and tumble and mellow moving meadow areas giving options for all sorts of different fishing styles and tactics. At its completion in 1905, the dam was the worldâs tallest, at 221 feet (67 m) above the streambed. The purpose of the Plan is to provide a framework for managing the water resources of the Tomahawk River Catchment in accordance with the objectives of the Water Management Act 1999.. Tomahawk Water Management Plan (754 KB). As the South Platte leaves Denver, much of the fly fishing opportunity disappears, though you do have chances of catching some football size carp, a battle for any six weight. This stretch should not be overlooked however, as it holds two of my three largest trout landed and is significantly less crowded than the dream stream. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Once you make it Antero, Spinney, and Eleven Mile Reservoirs you begin to see a more natural stream as it enters Platte Canyon, a canyon made up of many smaller canyons such as Eleven Mile and Waterton. 0000008379 00000 n 9 The Clear Creek tributary of this river supplies Coors with the water for its adult beverages, so chances are if you are over 21 you have probably drank out of this river. endstream endobj 409 0 obj <>/Metadata 42 0 R/Pages 41 0 R/StructTreeRoot 44 0 R/Type/Catalog/ViewerPreferences<>>> endobj 410 0 obj <>/ExtGState<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC/ImageI]/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/StructParents 0/TrimBox[0.0 0.0 612.0 792.0]/Type/Page>> endobj 411 0 obj <> endobj 412 0 obj <> endobj 413 0 obj <> endobj 414 0 obj [/Separation/All/DeviceCMYK<>] endobj 415 0 obj [/Indexed/DeviceRGB 1 436 0 R] endobj 416 0 obj [/Indexed/DeviceRGB 32 440 0 R] endobj 417 0 obj <> endobj 418 0 obj <> endobj 419 0 obj <> endobj 420 0 obj <> endobj 421 0 obj <>stream In addition to this excellent tailwater, it’s “little brother,” Tomahawk SWA, is another amazing stretch just upstream of the dream stream, living somewhat in its shadow. 37 The South Platte River system is one of the largest in the country, as it flows north through three states before finally meeting the North Platte River in northern Nebraska and creating the Platte River. 0 These tailwaters grow trout to truly impressive sizes as this climate is uniquely perfect for trout forage. The reservoir and related facilities were purchased in November 1918 by the Denver Water Board. Select sites by number or name. ), ( From Eleven Mile Canyon, the South Platte runs northeast to Cheesman Reservoir, named for Denver water pioneer Walter S. Cheesman. 0000004200 00000 n �C���8v������ Fly Fishing The Tomahawk State Wildlife Area. East of the intersection of Minto Street and Tomahawk Road, Dunedin. 11 South Platte – Tomahawk State Wildlife Area aka The Middle Fork of the South Platte, South Platte – Badger Basin State Wildlife Area, South Platte – Spinney Mountain State Wildlife Area, South Platte – Charlie Meyers SWA aka The Dream Stream, South Platte – North Fork – Pine Valley Ranch, Arkansas River – Below Pueblo – Public City Water. Questions concerning its content can be sent using the ), ( Sometimes it is great!!!! At Littleton, the river is impounded to form Chatfield Reservoir, a major source of drinking water for the Denver Metropolitan Area. Once the mainly private waters of the north fork meet the main stem, the water becomes difficult to access once again as things get more private. If you are willing to walk a few miles and some with stealth, this can be a great place This fishery does turn on and off with both the season and flows. New cease to take flow thresholds for Surety … Explore the NEW USGS National Water Dashboard; to access real-time data from over 13,500 stations nationwide. The two forks meet in Hartsel in a stretch of river referred to as Badger Basin and under pressured section given the fame of those above and below it (Dream Stream and Tomahawk SWA). Nestled just upstream of Hartsel, this area provides a stunning backdrop for anglers to enjoy. This pristine river is a very precious resource to the state of Colorado, not only because it provides some of the most epic trout fishing possible, but also because it supplies the Denver Metro Area with a substantial amount of its drinking water. Under Montgomery Reservoir is a brushy creek which is the true start of the river system and great place for beginners to learn how to fly fish as this section is teeming with aggressive little brook trout willing to play the game. Cheeseman Canyon is another location right down the road from Denver and is a tactician’s dream with big boulders, shallow tailouts, and abundant subaquatic insects allowing world class euro-nymphing and delicate dry fly action. Not for size but for tranquility. 0000145717 00000 n ), ( Fly Fishing The Tomahawk State Wildlife Area As anglers, we listen closely to stories of huge fish, adventure and glory in our home waters and spend copious amounts of time chasing these tales to their sources to find out for ourselves if they are true or fable. feedback form or by telephone. ), ( 0000099948 00000 n This group of reservoirs is very important to Colorado’s trout population as a whole, as a lot of the genetics in Colorado come from Spinney Reservoir where some of Colorado’s broodstock are placed. It has some wonderful dry fly action in the summer. The South Platte River as a whole flows for 439 miles and eventually meets the mighty Mississippi River. Change ), Mon-Saturday: Public/private water available. 24 A global partnership to achieve universal access to clean water and adequate sanitation. 43 This fishery is growing in popularity. 0000012982 00000 n With seven dams on the river, the South Platte is considered a tailwater fishery. ( Log Out / The Tomahawk River Catchment Water Management Plan was adopted on 11 April 2012 and took effect on 31 October 2012. 0000004152 00000 n Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ), ( 439 miles in length with an average flow of ~175 cubic feet per second. Originally called the Niinéniiniicíihéhe (say that ten times fast) by the native Arapahoe people. 0000004475 00000 n trailer We are continuing to monitor the situation for any further issues. This stretch of the river is a great place to find solitude from the crowds. Tomahawk SWA is only fishable for three seasons as the flows taper off in fall to unfishable levels in the public section while Charlie Meyers remains fishable year round. They're tiny but plentiful and fun. These locations are best fished with smaller mayflies, streamers, midges, and during peak summer smaller hopper patterns. Last published on: … ( 1 57 6 The South Fork provides an excellent beginner section right before entering Antero Reservoir although it does occasionally have issues with low flows. Explore the NEW USGS National Water Dashboard; to access real-time data from over 13,500 stations nationwide. 5 ), Tomahawk/63 Ranch/ Knight Immler SWA 26Jul13, Tomahawk SWA on Middle Fk of So Platte 03Jul13, Arkansas River BHSC In Summertime 07Jul13. The water was raging. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Eleven Mile Reservoir Dam drains into Eleven Mile Canyon, which runs through Forest Service land. The South Platte River is a popular fishing spot. The ideal flow for Deckers is between 150 and 400 cfs. Sometimes it is wrong to be there. Most of these dams are bottom released which allow for both stable water temperatures throughout the year, and year round fly fishing. The river is formed in Park County, Colorado, southwest of Denver in the South Park grassland basin by the confluence of the South Fork and Middle Fork, approximately 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Fairplay. 0000273873 00000 n Front Range Fish Boys 120 Cheesman was the first reservoir of Denver's mountain storage facilities and has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The meeting place of the South and Middle Fork is where the world class fly fishing truly begins, though there are a few areas above worth a visit. 19 From South Park, it passes through 50 miles (80 km) of the Platte Canyon and its lower section, Waterton Canyon. xref It may appear that most of this river is private or overcrowded when read about online, but with proper guidance and good mayfly selection this river can be incredibly productive and should be at the very top of every fly anglers bucket list.