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

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos. Look for low flows for the remainder of the autumn season

Tips and Other Information:

Eleven Mile Canyon is fishing good right now. Anglers can expect to see reliable hatches of midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives right now. Nymphing with an assortment of midge and mayfly nymphs has been productive before the hatch.  Matt’s Midge,  CDC Biot Trico Comparduns, and Mathew’s Sparkle Duns have been effective during the height of each hatch.

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Radiation Baetis, #22 Smith’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20 Manhattan Midge, # 18 Buckskin,#18 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (BWO), Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #22 Matt’s Midge, #22 Griffith Gnat, and #24 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:  High  50’s to low 60’s

14 Day Forecast: Look for  hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, Tricos, and Red Quills.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing is good throughout the Colorado River. Improved flows from Williams Fork Reservoir and Green Mountain Reservoir have improved conditions dramatically. Currently, anglers are seeing reliable hatches midges, blue winged olives, red quills, and Tricos.

Effective Patterns:  #14 San Juan Worm, #18 Buckskin, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20Rainbow Warrior,  #20 Mercury Midge, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Chocolate Foam  Wing Emerger,  #16-20 Parachute Adams, #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #16-18 Ak’s Red Quill, #20 Matt’s Midge, and #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun.

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

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

Tips and Other Information: Flows are once again low on the Blue River. In town, a Mysis pattern, red larva, or flashy nymphs dropped with and assortment of midges or mayflies is your best bet right now. On the lower river, and assortment of mayfly and midge imitations are picking up a few fish. Fishing overall on the Blue River has been a disappointment as of late, as the number of trout are way down. Your best bet is to fish in town and sight fish to individual fish to increase your odds of hooking fish. Anglers who are blind fishing are not enjoying much success…

Effective Patterns:  ​ #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20 Laney’s Mysis, #20 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Midge, #20 Top Secret Midge, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #16-20 Parachute Adams, #16 Mathews PMD Sparkle Dun, #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #20 Matt’s Midge, and #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun.

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

14 Day Forecast: Look for reliable hatches of midges, PMD’s, Blue Winged Olives, Tricos, and Red Quills

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are perfect on the Willies Fork. Anglers can expect to see hatches of PMD’s, blue winged olives, red quills, Tricos and sporadic caddis, and yellow sallies.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm, trailed by a size 18 Buckskin and size 18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail right now. The mosquitoes are  still pretty bad so make sure you take plenty of Deep Woods Off! Williams Fork Reservoir is almost full, so look for good flows the remainder of the year.

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, #16-20 Parachute Adams, #16 Mathews PMD Sparkle Dun, #16 Mercer’s PMD Trigger Nymph #18 Mitchell’s Split Case PMD, #18 Barr Emerger PMD, #16 Yellow Stimulator, #16-18 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Comparadun, #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, Ak’s Red Quill, and #10 Amy’s Ant.

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.

Fishing Report: Bear Creek

RIVER IS TOO WARM TO FISH!!!  PLEASE AVOID TO SAVE THIS GEM OF A FISHERY FOR FUTURE ENJOYMENT

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

14 Day Forecast:   Look for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, PMD’s, Caddis, Golden Stoneflies, Craneflies, and Tricos

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing in and around the Deckers area has been good. Anglers can expect to see reliable hatches of midges, PMD’s, blue winged olives, and Tricos right now. In addition to these hatches, look for sporadic golden stoneflies, and craneflies. Go to bugs are #20 Jujubaetis, #18 Flashback Barr Emergers (PMD), Sparkle Duns (PMD and BWO), and CDC Biot Trico Comparaduns. Dry and dropper rigs have been especially productive in the skinny water where the trout become suspicious of standard indicator rigs. Crowds have been very heavy as of late, so plan accordingly.

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Smith’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, # 18 Buckskin, #18 Graphic Caddis,#18 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayers Mini Leech, #10 Shafer’s Gummy Cranefly, #10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #16-18 Puterbaugh Caddis, #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (BWO and PMD), Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, and #10 Amy’s Ant.

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

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos. Look for low flows for the remainder of the autumn season.

Tips and Other Information:

Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos. It’s hard to go wrong with mayfly nymphs right now. Anglers are experiencing reliable dry fly fishing with #22-22 Matt’s Midges, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Duns, #22-24 Trico Spinners, and #22-24 CDC Biot Comparaduns.  Sunken Trico Spinners are also effective as the hatch winds down.

Note: 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.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20 Radiation Baetis, #20-22 Buckskin, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #20-24 Parachute Adams, #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #20-22 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, and #10 Amy’s Ant

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 to mid 40’s

14 Day Forecast: Look for excellent conditions for weeks to come. Denver Water plans to run the Roberts Tunnel until further notice. It appears it will run all fall and winter.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been good on the North Fork.  Small midges, mayfly nymphs and a variety of bead heads have been effective as of late. The water is still bit high, so you’ll need to target the soft water margins and choose the proper locations based on above average flow regimes.

Effective Patterns:  #18 Hot Tail Flash Eggs, #18-20 Rainbow Warrior, #20 Manhattan Midge, #18-20 Red Larva, #18 Red and Pink Flossy Worms, #10 Chamois Leeches, #20 Mercury Black Beauty, #10 White Crystal Bugger, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #16-20 red Copper John, #18 Flashback PT, #16 Mercer’s Psycho Prince, and #16 Bead Head Breadcrust.

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

14 Day Forecast:  Look for hatches of midges, sporadic caddis, golden stoneflies, craneflies, PMD’s and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information: Cheesman Canyon is fishing good right now. Anglers can expect to see a good a.m. midge bite, followed by mid day mayflay hatches. First the PMD’s come off, followed by some blue winged olives. Go-to bugs have been size 20 Jujubaetis, size 22 Stalcup’s Baetis, size 22 Foam Wing Emerger, and a size 18 Flashback Barr’s Emerger (PMD). A variety of PMD and BWO dries have been picking up fish in the slower pools and tailouts. You’ll find plenty of rising fish if you target the right water and really look for them. Crowds have been very heavy as of late…something to factor in.

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Smith’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #18 Mitchell’s Split Case Baetis, #18 Barr Flashback Emerger, #20 Manhattan Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayers Mini Leech, #10 Shafer’s Gummy Cranefly, #10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #16-18 Puterbaugh Caddis, #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, #10 Amy’s Ant, #18 Mathews Sparkle Dun (PMD) and #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (BWO).