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: Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, caddis, and yellow sallies

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, caddis and yellow sallies. Look for low flows until Spinney Reservoir fills.

Tips and Other Information: Eleven Mile Canyon is fishing good right now.  Anglers can expect to see reliable midge hatches in the morning, followed by blue-winged olives in the afternoon.  Effective patterns have been tiny (size 22-24) Top Secret Midges, Black Beauties, Brassies, Jujube Midges, and Bling Midges in the morning and Stalcup’s Baetis, Jujubaetis, and Foam Wing Emergers in the afternoon. A size 20 Sparkle Dun or Parachute Adams has been good for the BWO’s. Caddis are hatching now too, so come prepared to imitate both pupae and adults. My favorites include: Graphic Caddis,  Puterbaugh Caddis, and Elk Hair Caddis.

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, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #20-26 Parachute Adams, #16-18 Graphic Caddis, #16-18 Puterbaugh Caddis and #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis.