Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report – Elevenmile Canyon – South Platte

Elevenmile Canyon is known for its superb dry fly fishing. The Trico hatch is one of many that anglers should concentrate their efforts on.

Current Conditions

Clarity: Exellent

Water Temperature: High 30’s to low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges. The best fishing is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look for trout to be holding in the slow, deep runs and pools where they can obtain the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount energy. Stay away from fast riffles and runs as these areas tend to have fewer fish.

Tips and Other Information: Eleven Mile is fishing fair to good considering the time of year. Midge hatches are starting to improve and the trout are beginning to respond to them nicely. Its no nice to see a few fish eating in the transitional zones and shallow riffles again! Effective patterns have been tiny (size 22-24) Top Secret Midges, Black Beauties, Brassies, Jujube Midges, and Bling Midges. Target the slow deep runs and pools where the trout are overwintering.

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury Pheasant Tail,  #20-22 Rainbow Warriors,  #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger,  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Manhattan Midges, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Mercury Flashback RS 2, and #20-26 Parachute Adams