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.

Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report: Colorado River

Fishing the Colorado River should be on everyone’s bucket list. Whether you’re a walk/wade fisherman or prefer float-fishing, this river has it all!

Current Conditions:

Clarity: Stained

Water Temperature:  High  50’s to low 60’s on upper, mid to high 60’s on the lower

Hatches:  Look for reliable hatches of caddis, PMD’s and green drakes.

14 Day Forecast: Look for  hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and caddis. The Colorado River is experiencing the initial onset of spring run off.

Tips and Other Information: Run off has peaked and the river is dropping quickly. Water temps are a major concern on the lower river. Were already seeing temps in the mid to high 60’s. Be mindful of the water temps and only fish in the mornings. Once the water temp hits 67 degrees, the angling community is asking everyone to do a “voluntary no fish” to protect the resource. Right now anglers are seeing incredible caddis hatches on the Colorado. PMD’s and drakes have also made their appearance.

Effective Patterns:  Pink, red, and earthworm brown San Juan Worms, #10  Pats Rubber Legs, #8 Halfback Nymph, #10 Bitch Creek, #8 Kaufmann Stone, #8 Orange Stimulator, #8 Foamulator, #8 Clarks Stonefly, #16-18 Copper John, #16-18 Rainbow Warrior, #18-20 Buckskins,  #20 Mercury Midge, 16-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18 Chocolate Foam  Wing Emerger, and #18 Sparkle Wing RS 2.

Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report: Blue River

The Blue River is a pocket water paradise. There are miles of public water between the town of Silverthorne and Green Mountain Reservoir for you to sample.

Current Conditions

Clarity: Good in Silverthorne.

Water Temperature: Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges and sporadic blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast:  Look for reliable hatches of caddis, PMD’s and green drakes.

Tips and Other Information: Run off has peaked and fishing should start to improve in the days to come. Fishing is town is your best option at the moment. Mysis patterns dropped with and assortment of midge or mayflies is your best bet right now. Flows are still pretty high as Dillon Reservoir is full and spilling.

Effective Patterns:  ​ #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #24 Black Beauty, #20 Laney’s Mysis, #22 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #22 Red Midge Larva, #20-24 Brassie, #20-22 WD 40, #22 Mercury Midge, #22 Top Secret Midge, and #22-24 Black Beauty

Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report: Williams Fork River

The Williams Fork is one of the prettiest places on the planet.  This stretch is proof that trout don’t live in ugly places.

Current Conditions

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Mid 40’s on the upper, upper 40’s near confluence

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, and caddis

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. 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:  Flows were bumped twice in the past week. Anglers can expect to see hatches of blue winged olives and caddis right now.  Its hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm, trailed by a Buckskin and  Mercury Pheasant Tail right now. The mosquitoes are getting bad so make sure you take plenty of Deep Woods Off! Williams Fork Reservoir is 965 percent full, so look for Denver Water to matching incoming flows once the reservoir fills.

Effective Patterns:  #14 San Juan Worm, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22  Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18- 20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #20-22  Sparkle Dun, #16 AK’s Red Quill, and size 24 Parachute Adams.

Fishing Report: Clear Creek

Clarity: Excellent

Hatches: Midges and Caddis

Major Food Organisms: Midges and Caddis

Conditions:  River fishing decent right now with recent increase in flows  Fish are feeding on midges and Caddis pupa under the surface.  In the late afternoon, you may find a few fish rising in the slower sections targeting Caddis dries.  Euro nymphing has been extremely productive with darker colored jig nymphs with silver and copper beads.

Suggested Patterns: #14-16 Green Copper Johns,  #14-16 Tungsten Pheasant Tail, #14-16 Flash Back Hares Ear, #14-16 Barr,s Graphic Caddis, #20-22 Tungsten Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Minute Midge, #20-22 Periwinkle, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #20-22 Brassie, #18-22 Buckskin, and #20-22 Chironoflash, 14 – 16 Jigged Hares Ear, #14 – 16 Jigged Caddis Pupa, #14 – 16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14 – 16 Klink Caddis, #14 – 16 Slow Water Caddis and any attractor dry with dropper.

Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report: Deckers – South Platte River

Deckers is a world-renowned stretch of the South Platte River. There are miles of public water to fish in and around the hamlet of Deckers.

Current Conditions 

Clarity:  Excellent

Water Temperature: Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic blue-winged olives, and caddis

14 Day Forecast:   Look for good hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are low and the water temps are climbing fast. Please be mindful of the water temps. If the water temps exceed 67 degrees, please quit fishing to protect the resource.  It is recommend to start early and finish early until water levels improve. A few days ago, the water temperature was 64 degrees at noon, and at dangerous levels on the lower river!  Cheesman Reservoir is still 5,000 acre feet from spilling, so look for low flows for a while.  As you might imagine, fishing is quite challenging right now in Deckers. Go-to bugs have been a #22 Mercury Midges, #24 Black Beauties, #24 Top Secrets Midges, and #24-26 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers in the mornings and Baetis nymphs in the afternoon. Blue-winged olives are hatching every afternoon, adding some excitement for the dry fly angler. Overcast days and inclement weather are producing the best hatches. Caddis are hatching now too, so come prepared to imitate both pupae and adults.

Note:  Park in designated areas only (those with a brown P sign) as the Jefferson County Sheriff is ticketing vehicles illegally parked. 

Effective Patterns:  #22-24 Black Beauty, #22 Minute Midge,  #18-20 Buckskin,  #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayers Mini Leech, #10 Shafer’s Cranefly, #20 Matt;s Midge, #16-18 Puterbaugh Caddis and #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis.#20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, and #24 Parachute Adams.

Fishing Report: Bear Creek

** The water temps approach 72 degrees in the late afternoon so we are asking for a voluntary NO FISH until we get some much needed moisture**  Please pass this message along.

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Conditions:  Suggested Patterns:

Pat Dorsey’s Fishing Report: Spinney Mountain – Charlie Meyers SWA

The Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (commonly called the Spinney Mountain Ranch or Dream Stream) is a classic meandering, meadow stream. Anglers have the opportunity to catch rainbows, cut-bows, cutthroats, and brown trout when they fish this fabled stretch of water. 

Current Conditions 

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature:  Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges and a sporadic caddis or two

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of caddis and yellow sallies. Look for low flows until Spinney Reservoir fills.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are low and the water temps are climbing fast. Please be mindful of the water temps. If the water temps exceed 67 degrees, please quit fishing to protect the resource.  It is recommend to start early and finish early until water levels improve. Pray of rain!  Effective patterns include: egg patterns, red midge larvae, #10 Pine Squirrel Leeches, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #22 Buckskins, #22 Manhattan Midges, #22 Black Beauties, and #22 Top Secret Midges. Anglers can expect to see sporadic hatches of midges in the slow pools and tailouts.  Dry flies of choice are: Size 22-24 Matt’s Midge, 22-24 Griffith’s Gnats, and #24 Parachute Adams.

Effective Patterns: # 20-22 Manhattan Midge,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #20-22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Top Secret Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Buckskin,  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #24 Parachute Adams, and #22-24 Griffith Gnats.

Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report: North Fork of the South Platte River

Trophy trout await you on many of our leases on the North Fork of the South Platte.  To book a day on Boxwood, Long Meadow, North Fork Ranch, or the Meadows, call the Blue Quill Angler (303-674-4700) and we’ll gladly assist you.

Current Conditions:

Clarity: Fair to good

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Nothing to speak of

14 Day Forecast: Look for high water as the South Fork is only at 76 cfs. Dillon is full and spilling at the moment.

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing has been good on the North Fork.  A standard set of high water flies trailed by small midges and bead heads has bee effective as of late. The water is high, so you’ll need to target the soft water margins.

Effective Patterns:  #18 Hot Tail Flash Eggs, #18-20 Rainbow Warrior, #18-20 Red Larva, #18 Red and Pink Flossy Worms, #10 Chamois Leeches, #20 Mercury Black Beauty, #10 White Crystal Bugger, and #10 Pine Squirrel Leech.

Pat Dorsey’s Fishing Report: Cheesman Canyon – South Platte

Cheesman Canyon is one of the best tailwaters in the country. There’s a common belief among “canyon regulars” that if you can catch fish on the South Platte River, you can fool fish anywhere in the world. There’s no substitution for good technique in Cheesman Canyon.

Current Conditions 

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature: Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic blue-winged olives, and caddis

14 Day Forecast:  Look for good hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information:   Flows remain at 50 cfs in a effort to fill Cheesman Reservoir.   Cheesman Reservoir is still 5,000 acre feet from spilling, so look for low flows for a while.  As you might imagine, fishing is quite challenging right now in Cheesman. Go-to bugs have been a #22 Mercury Midges, #24 Black Beauties, #24 Top Secrets Midges, and #24-26 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers in the mornings and Baetis nymphs in the afternoon. Blue-winged olives are hatching every afternoon, adding some excitement for the dry fly angler. Overcast days and inclement weather are producing the best hatches. Caddis are hatching now too, so come prepared to imitate both pupae and adults.

Effective Patterns:  #22-24 Black Beauty, #22 Minute Midge,  #18-20 Buckskin,  #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayers Mini Leech, #10 Shafer’s Cranefly, #16-18 Puterbaugh Caddis and #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis.#20 Matt;s Midge, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, and #24 Parachute Adams.