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Platte River - Honor - Michigan

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Hatches Afternoon #18 - #20 Zebra Midges, Black Beauty
Blue Winged Olives Late Afternoon #16 - #18 Soft Hackle, Pheasant Tail
February Midge Hatches Afternoon #18 - #20 Zebra Midges, Black Beauty
Blue Winged Olives Late Afternoon #16 - #18 Soft Hackle, Pheasant Tail
March Nymphs and Scuds All Day #16 - #18 Griffith's Gnat, Mayfly Nymph
April Midge Hatches Afternoon #18 - #20 Zebra Midges, Black Beauty
Blue Winged Olives Late Afternoon #16 - #18 Soft Hackle, Pheasant Tail
May Caddis, Stoneflies All Day #14 - #18 Elk Hair Caddis, Bead Head Stonefly Nymph
June Caddis, Pale Morning Dun Evening #14 - #18 Elk Hair Caddis, Light Cahill
July Tricos, Terrestrials Morning for Tricos, Afternoon for Terrestrials #18 - #24 for Tricos, #10 - #16 for Terrestrials Trico Spinner, Foam Bug
August Terrestrials, Tricos Afternoon for Terrestrials, Morning for Tricos #10 - #16 for Terrestrials, #18-#24 for Tricos Ants, Beetles, Foam Bug
September Blue Winged Olives, Terrestrials Evening for BWO, Afternoon for Terrestrials #16 - #20 for BWO, #10 - #16 for Terrestrials Elk Hair Caddis, Foam Bug
October Blue Winged Olives Morning #16 - #20 Soft Hackle, Pheasant Tail
November Midge Hatches Afternoon #18 - #20 Zebra Midges, Black Beauty
Blue Winged Olives Late Afternoon #16 - #18 Soft Hackle, Pheasant Tail
December Midge Hatches Afternoon #18 - #20 Zebra Midges, Black Beauty
Blue Winged Olives Late Afternoon #16 - #18 Soft Hackle, Pheasant Tail

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Platte River in Colorado’s Honor section boasts some of the best spots for fly fishing in the state. Here are some recommendations:
  • Eleven Mile Canyon: Offering great year-round fishing, it’s a favorite among fly fisherman; known for its native rainbow and cutthroat trout.
  • Dream Stream: Located between Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile Reservoirs, it is one of the most famous trout streams in the nation.
  • Deckers: A renowned fishing area with several public access points, it’s known for its large trout.
  • Northgate Canyon: A spectacular remote canyon, perfect for those seeking solitude and excellent fly fishing.
  • Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area: A classic tailwater fishery, it offers anglers miles of well-maintained trails along with superior winter fishing.
Remember, regardless of which spot you choose, it’s vital to check local fishing regulations.

Best Access Points

The Platte River – Honor in Colorado is a coveted destination for fly fishing enthusiasts. Here are some of the best access points:
  • Deckers: This is arguably the most popular spot, offering a vast stretch of easily-accessible public water. Fly fishing at Deckers gives you a chance to catch large trout in an immensely scenic setting.
  • Waterton Canyon: The six-mile stretch offers fantastic fly fishing opportunities. The canyon is a year-round fishing destination frequented by both beginners and experts.
  • Trumbull: This area might lean more towards the technical side of fly fishing but the thrill of hooking rainbow trout here is incomparable.
  • Eleven Mile Canyon: Located below the dam, this spot is rich in rainbows and browns. However, it requires a day-use fee.
  • Badger Basin / Corral Bluffs: While considered backcountry fishing areas, they serve as perfect spots for those seeking solitude while fishing.

Local Fish

  • Trout
    • Brown Trout – Most abundant species on the Platte River.
    • Rainbow Trout – A favorite among fly fishermen due to their striking color and fighting spirit.
    • Brook Trout – Though not as common, these native species can still be found in the area.
  • Salmon
    • Chinook Salmon – Also known as ‘King salmon’, available in the fall.
    • Coho Salmon – These salmon run up the river in the spring and fall.
    • Pink Salmon – Available every other year, adding diversity to the local fish population.
  • Other species
    • Northern Pike – Larger than most other species in Platte River, offering a bigger challenge.
    • White Sucker – Not the most glamorous species, but fun to catch on the fly.

About The River

Ever wondered about the rich history and importance of the Platte River? This major river in the state of Nebraska, was once considered a vital route by the Native American tribes and early European settlers. Let’s dive right into its fascinating history!

The name ‘Platte’ comes from the French word for ‘flat,’ which aptly describes its shallow, broad nature. Let’s take a look at some key points in history involving this river:

  • The Lewis and Clark expedition extensively documented the Platte River in 1804-1806.
  • In the 19th century, it served as a major pathway for pioneers, particularly those following the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails.
  • Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, the river underwent significant changes due to the construction of dams for irrigation.

Till this day, the Platte river is an invaluable resource that provides water for agriculture, industry, and urban areas in the Midwest.

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