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: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and sporadic caddis and yellow sallies. Flows are high from spring run-off

Tips and Other Information:

Flows are high in Eleven Mile Canyon due to spring run-off. Inflows to Spinney Mountain Reservoir are currently 625 cfs and rising, so look for the river to rise even higher in the next few days.  Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges, sporadic blue-winged olives, caddis, and yellow sallies. I’d break out some of the big-bites as well, including stoneflies, San Juan Worms, scuds, leeches, etc. and trail a Buckskin, Mercury Pheasant Tail, Juju Baetis, Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, red Copper John, RS 2 behind it, all in sizes 18-22.

Effective Patterns:  #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #14-16 San Juan Worm, #14-16 UV Scud, #16-18 red Copper John, #20 Juju Baetis, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20 RS 2, #18 Buckskin, #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #16 Mercer’s Swing Nymph, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Yellow Sally #16 Stimulator, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, #20-22 Matt’s Midge, and #20-22 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: Poor

14 Day Forecast: The Colorado is experiencing spring run-off.  Stonefly nymphs under the surface and squirmy worms as the water will be constantly stirred from the beginning of run-off

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado is experiencing spring run off and the water is off color.  Anglers can still catch fish on the lower river with large stonefly patterns. Otherwise, use your standard fare of high water flies that will get down quickly.

Effective Patterns:  #10 Pats Rubber Legs, Egg patterns, #14 San Juan Worm, Chamois Leeches, and other brightly colored patterns and flashy beachheads, MOPS and Squirmy’s fished in tandem or behind a MOP fly.

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

14 Day Forecast:  Look for spring run-off to prevail

Tips and Other Information: Flows are extremely high from spring run-off!  In town, a Mysis pattern, red larva, dropped with and assortment of  mayfly nymphs are your best bet right now.  The lower river is blown out. We’ll keep you posted as things change…

Effective Patterns:  ​#20 Juju Baetis, #20 Choc Foam Wing Emerger, #22 Stalcups Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Bling Midge, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Minute Midge, #22-24 Jujubee Midge, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, #20 Sparkle Dun, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

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: Stained

14 Day Forecast: Expect flows to continue to rise from spring run-off

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are extremely high on the Williams Fork. We will keep you posted as things change and the river becomes fishable again.

Effective Patterns:  #18 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #14 San Juan Worm, #18 Buckskin, #14-18 Bead Head Breadcrust, and #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2.

Fishing Report: Clear Creek

Clarity: Poor

Major Food Organisms: Caddis

Conditions:  Full run-off tight now so fishing the edges right now with dry-dropper rigs or a Euro setup will produce fish.  For some fun get out the junk flies and have a blast. Please be careful when fishing this river as it is really moving.

Suggested Patterns:  Any jigged Euro Nymph right now will work as long as it is heavy, Jigged Squirmy’s, Mop flies, Chubby Chernobyls, Amy’s Ant or any other large dry fly you can see

Fishing Report: Bear Creek

Clarity: Tea colored unless we get afternoon storms then it is muddy

Major Food Organisms: Caddis an PMD’s

Conditions:  Fish are feeding on caddis larva and PMD nymphs under the surface right now with some surface activity in the evening.  Dry-dropper rig or single fly euro rig is your best bet under the surface.

Suggested Patterns: Jigged Squirmy’s, Mop flies, Chubby Chernobyls, Amy’s Ant or any other large dry fly you can see followed by a #16 Jigged Soft Hackle Pleasant Tail, #16 Jigged Quill Nymph, #16 Devil Jig – Green, #16 Hot Spot PT Jig, #14-#16 Perdigon (Bullet) Jig – Brown.

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

14 Day Forecast:   Look for high water and Cheesman Dam to spill for quite some time.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are extremely high due to spring run-off. The river is still fishable, but it is quite challenging right now. Make sure you target the soft water margins and use lots of weight. Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges, caddis, and blue-winged olives.  Don’t be afraid to throw some big-bites too as scuds, leeches, craneflies, and stoneflies are also great options, especially for an attractor. Denver Water plans to blend bottom-releases with the spillway water to keep temperatures optimum for the trout. Currently the water is 52 degrees in the upper, 54 in the lower, and warms up quickly as it gets to Deckers.

Effective Patterns:  #20 Juju Baetis, #14-16 UV Scud, #20 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, 20-22 Mercury Midge, #18 Buckskin, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #20 Sparkle Dun, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #16 Mercer’s Swing Caddis, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-22 Parachute Adams.

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

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges, the occasional blue-winged olive, and sporadic caddis. Look for run-off to prevail in this stretch for a while…

Tips and Other Information: Spring run-off has officially arrived at the Dream Stream. Flows are currently 450 cfs, and will continue to rise as the snowfields melt. Inflows are currently 625 cfs, so look for the to come up again. Anglers should prepare themselves for intermittent hatches of midges, a few sporadic blue winged olives and caddis. I’d break out some of the big-bites as well, including San Juan Worms, scuds, leeches, craneflies, etc. and trail a Buckskin, Mercury Pheasant Tail, Juju Baetis, Barr Emerger, Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, red Copper John, RS 2 behind it, all in sizes 18-22.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #18 Buckskin, #18-20 Juju Baetis, #18-20 FlashBack Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Red Larva, #22-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #18 Mico Egg, #14-16 Caddis, #20-22 Parachute Adams, and #18 Sparkle Dun

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: Poor

14 Day Forecast: Look for spring run-off to prevail

Tips and Other Information: The North Fork is extremely high and muddy. It’s still fishable, but it is tough fishing. You’ll need to fish with brightly-colored flies and target the edges.

Effective Patterns:  #16 Red and pink San Juan Worms, #8-#10 MOPS, Squirmy Worms, #10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #12 Chamois Leeches, egg patterns, and other brightly colored patterns and flashy beadheads.

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

14 Day Forecast:  Look for high water and Cheesman Dam to spill for quite some time.

Tips and Other Information: Flows are extremely high due to spring run-off. The river is still fishable, but it is quite challenging right now. Make sure you target the soft water margins and use lots of weight. Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges, caddis, and blue-winged olives.  Don’t be afraid to throw some big-bites too as scuds, leeches, craneflies, and stoneflies are also great options, especially for an attractor. Denver Water plans to blend bottom-releases with the spillway water to keep temperatures optimum for the trout. Currently the water is 52 degrees in the upper, 54 in the lower, and warms up quickly as it gets to Deckers.

Effective Patterns:  #20 Juju Baetis, #14-16 UV Scud, #20 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, 20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Chironoflash Midge, #18 Buckskin, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #20 Sparkle Dun, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #16 Mercer’s Swing Caddis, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.