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 to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges. The best fishing is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fishing is extremely technical with the low flows.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing is tough in Elevenmile Canyon with the low flows. Anglers should prepare themselves for some sporadic hatches of midges.  Die-hard dry fly anglers are finding middling fish in the slower pools and tailouts.

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

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: Good

Water Temperature:  Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges. The fish are beginning to move into their winter lies!

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River is fishing fair right now with the low flows.  Fishing has been slow in the mornings, but improves mid-day when the midges come off.  Egg-midge combos have been the best rig as of late. There have been a few risers in the slower pools and tailouts as of late.

Effective Patterns:  #18-20 Buckskins,  #24 Black Beauties, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, # 20-22 Chocolate Foam  Wing Emerger, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, and #24-26 Parachute Adams

Notes:  There are several moose in the area so keep your wits about you at all times! These animals are dangerous and unpredictable so keep an eye out for them!

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 throughout its entirety

Water Temperature: Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast:  Look for sporadic hatches of midges.

Tips and Other Information:  It’s great to see the Blue River actually running above its normal historic flow values.  The above average flows are making for some decent fishing in town. Egg midge combos and Mysis midge combos have been fooling some nice fish. The fish are beginning to move into their traditional winter lies, however. Target the slower pools and deeper runs. Sight fishing to pods of fish is your best bet right now…

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:  Upper 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows and technical fishing. The Willies Fork is getting extremely low now…

Tips and Other Information:  The Williams Fork is fishing  fair ( at best) right now with the recent drop in flows.  Anglers can expect to see hatches of sporadic midges with the heaviest emergences occurring in the afternoon.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm or egg pattern trailed by a #18 Buckskin and a #22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, or Black Beauty this time of year.  Anglers are still catching a few spawn-run brown trout that are entering from the Colorado River. The biggest catch has been resident trout in the 10-14 inch range, however.

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.

Notes:  There are several moose in the area so keep your wits about you at all times! These animals are dangerous and unpredictable so keep an eye out for them!

Fishing Report: Clear Creek

Clarity: Excellent

Hatches: BWO’s and Midges

Major Food Organisms: Blue Wing Olives and Midges

Conditions:  BWO’s and Midges are the bug of choice right now on Clear Creek.  Traditional nymphing with a BWO/Midge combined with an egg with produce fish. Euro nymphing has been extremely successful fishing a single jig nymph in darker colors.  This time of year is a great time to try Euro nymphing on Clear Creek

Suggested Patterns: Dark colored jig nymphs like Devil Jigs in Black and Green, Jigged Prince Nymph and Jigged Quill Nymph. For midges and blue wing olives patterns, try a #20-22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20- 22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Jujubaetis, and #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers, #20-22 Black Fly Larvae, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-24 Medallion Midges, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #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.

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, and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast:  Look for sporadic hatches of midges. The best fishing is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been tougher than normal in the Deckers area.  Anglers have been complaining about difficult fishing!  Trust me–you’re not alone, fishing has been challenging as of late. It’s time to break out the 6 and 7X tippet and the size 24-26 flies!   Go-to bugs have been a #22-24 Mercury Midges, #24-26 Black Beauties, #24-26 Top Secrets Midges, and #24-26 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers.  Egg patterns are picking up an occasional fish. Overcast days are providing the best hatches and fishing. Bright and sunny days have been much tougher.

Effective Patterns:  #22-26 Black Beauty, #22 Minute Midge,  #18-20 Buckskin,  #22-26 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #22-24 Mercury Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

Fishing Report: Bear Creek

Clarity: Excellent

Hatches: BWO’s and Midges

Major Food Organisms: BWO’s and Midges

Conditions: Flows are perfect and Fall fishing is at its best right now. Plenty of midges and BWO’s to keep you happy until it freezes

Suggested Patterns: #20-22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20- 22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Jujubaetis, and #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers, #20-22 Black Fly Larvae, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-24 Medallion Midges, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #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.

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: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges. The best fishing is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows bounced back to 80 cfs, which is great news!  Fishing has been fair to good for resident trout at the Dream Stream.   Effective patterns include: egg patterns, red midge larva, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech,  #20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #20 Buckskins, #22 Manhattan Midges, 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, Griffith’s Gnats,  and #24 Parachute Adams.

Effective Patterns: # 20-22 Manhattan Midge,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #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: Good

Water Temperature: Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: All of our private water options are closed for the season. They will re-open next spring.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are all natural right now. We’ll keep you posted as things change and our leases open back up.

Effective Patterns:  #10 Chamois Leech, #14 San Juan Worm (brown, pink, and red), #18 Hot Tail Flash Eggs, #20-22 Bead Head Flashback Black Beauties, #20-22 Pearl Jams, #20-22 Rainbow Warriors, #18-20 Mercury Black Beauty, and #20-22 red midge larva.

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 and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast:  Look for sporadic hatches of midges. The best fishing is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tips and Other Information:  The flow was bumped yesterday below Cheesman Reservoir to 116 cfs. This should help fishing immensely!  Cheesman Canyon trout are keying on the small stuff right now. It’s time to break out the 6 and 7X tippet and the size 24-26 flies!   Go-to bugs have been a #22 Mercury Midges, #24 Black Beauties, #24 Top Secrets Midges,  and #24-26 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers. Overcast days are providing the best hatches and fishing. Bright and sunny days have been much tougher.

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, #20 Sparkle Dun  and #24 Parachute Adams.