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Where to Go Middle Fork of the South Platte

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Updated 7/21/2021

Its prime time on the middle fork!

All areas on the middle fork are fishing incredibly well. Keep in mind you'll have to cover some ground on the MF, but often times you will also have  a lot of solitude.

Tomahawk: Fishing well!! Be sure to bring bug spray with you. We recommend Deet-free Natrapel as it won't eat away at your leaders and fly line!

Above Spinney: Great flows and decent fishing. COVER GROUND.
This is a great option if you don't mind walking and want to get away from other anglers.

Effective Patterns

Nymphs

 Pheasant tails, RS2, hare's ears, Copper Johns.

Dries

Para adams, mole flies, Matthews sparkle Hoppers, caddis, Chubby's,

About Alma SWA

Middle Fork of the South Platte River finds its headwaters above Hoosier Pass. Water is diverted from the Breckenridge area and passed through a tunnel under Hoosier Pass into Montgomery Reservoir. This augments the flow particularly in the early summer.

About Tomahawk

Tomahawk is the Middle Fork of the South Platte River. This stretch of the river is a great place to find solitude from the crowds. Summer and fall are a great time of the year to throw big hoppers to eager brown trout. In the summer, bring insect repellent because the mosquitos can get bad. In the fall, bring heavy leaders because large browns come out of their typical hiding spaces and move up river from Spinney to spawn.

in This is an area we specialize and are permitted to guide, so give us a shout if you have any questions or if you are interested in allowing one of our Orvis-Endorsed guides show you how best to conquer Middle Fork of the South Platte.

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Directions to Alma - 88.9 miles - 1 Hour 42 Minutes

  1. From Angler's Covey head west on US 24 W/Cimarron St, go 63.2 miles
  2. Turn right at CO-9 N towards Fairplay, go 16.1 miles
  3. Turn right at US-285 N, go 1.0 mile
  4. Turn left at CO-9 N/ Main Street, Fairplay and through Alma, 8.1 miles
  5. Watch your speed, this area is famous for speed tickets.
  6. Turn left at Co Rd 4, Park along stream in desinated areas.

Directions to Tomahawk - 70.5 miles - 1 Hour 19 Minutes

  1. Head West on US-24, go 63.2 miles
  2. Turn right on Co-9, go 7.2 miles