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

Flow: 98 cfs Silverthorne

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast:  Look for low flows and technical fishing. Anglers can expect to see sporadic hatches of midges and the occasional blue-winged olives

Tips and Other Information:  Considering the time of year, conditions are ideal in the town of Silverthorne, and fishing has been good. Anglers can expect to see sporadic hatches of midges and blue-winged olives with the occasional riser in the slower pools and tailouts.  In addition to the trout eating midge larva and pupa; Mysis Shrimp imitations are fooling a decent number of fish.  A red larvae or a Mysis pattern trailed with darker pupa has been an effective rig as of late. Its hard to go wrong with a small Parachute Adams to fool the trout feeding on adult midges or blue-winged olives.
 
Effective Patterns:    #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20 Laney’s Mysis, #20 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #22-24 Mercury Black Beauty, #22 Red Midge Larva, #20-24 Brassie, #22-24 WD 40, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #24-26 Parachute Adams, and #22 Matt’s Midge

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:

Flows: 542 cfs Parshall and 1060 near Kremmling

Clarity: Off-colored due to spring run-off

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 40’s

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

14 Day Forecast: Look for spring run-off to prevail. Clarity will change based on warm weather trends.

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River is fishing fair in the Parshall area despite the run-off conditions. The water is off-colored, but that can become a distinct advantage at times. Don’t be afraid to throw a Pat’s Rubber Legs as your lead fly and trail some flashy midges behind it. It the clarity deteriorates, fish with Chamois Leeches, Pink San Juan Worms, and other brightly-colored flies. The clarity will change based on warm weather trends.

Effective Patterns:  #18 Hot Tailflash Egg, #8 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #14 Pink Worm, #10 Chamois Leech, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22 Minute Midge, #22-24 Sparkle Dun, #24-26 Parachute Adams, and #22-24 Griffith Gnat.

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

Flow:  100 cfs

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic blue-winged olives and a caddis or two

14 Day Forecast:  Look for low flows and technical fishing. Anglers can expect to see reliable hatches of midges and a blue-winged olive or two. Target the traditional winter lies (slow, deep pools) where you’ll find the largest concentration of fish.  The water is cold, and the trout are still favoring the slower water.

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing is fair to good on the Williams Fork. The bulk of the catch however is small fish. We are seeing lots of fish in the 6-10 inch range, a mixed bag of small bows and browns.  Thats not to say you won’t catch some nice rainbows, and the occasional brown over 14 inches, because you will. There are a few rainbows in the 14-18 inch range that have been willing to cooperate lately. Anglers should prepare for reliable hatches of midges with the occasional riser in the slower pools and tailouts.  Look for the blue-winged olive hatch to intensify in the days to come. Currently it is sporadic.

Effective Patterns:   #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge #22-24 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22-24 Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams

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:

Flows: 187 cfs

Clarity: Fair

Water Temperature: Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges and sporadic caddis

14 Day Forecast: Look for good fishing n the weeks to come.  The North Fork flows will vary depending on warm weather trends.

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing along the North Fork of the South Platte has been good the past few days.  Anglers are fooling trout with an assortment of small bead heads, midges, and egg patterns. The North Fork is experiencing the onset of spring run-off. A little color can be a distinct advantage for the angler however. If the water gets murky, use brightly colored flies like San Juan Worms, egg patterns, and Chamois Leeches.

Effective Patterns:  #10 Chamois Leech, #14 San Juan Worm, #16 Sowbugs, #18 Hot Tail Flash Eggs, #18 Black Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Bead Head Flashback Black Beauties, #20-22 Pearl Jams, #20-22 Rainbow Warriors, and #20-22 red midge larva.

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

Flow: 99 cfs

Clarity: Exellent

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives

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

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been good in Elevenmile Canyon.  Flows will remain in the 80-120 cfs range until snow melt begins in the high country. There is plenty of snow on Weston Pass and the Mosquito Range and things will improve with warmer weather.  Nighttime lows are still too cold to manifest the snow fields into water.  In the meantime, anglers should prepare themselves for a good midge-bite in the a.m. followed by a nice blue-winged olive hatch in the afternoon. Stock your fly boxes with plenty of midge pupa and Baetis nymphs. The fish are moving back into the riffles and feeding hard.  As far as the surface feeders are concerned, its hard to go wrong with a size 24-26 Parachute Adams for the midges and a size 20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun for imitating the “olives”.

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, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Mercury Flashback RS II, #20-26 Parachute Adams, #22-24 Barr’s Visa Dun, #22-24 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun, and #22-24 Hi Vis Baetisand #24-26 Parachute Adams.

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

Flow: 165 cfs, Trumbull

Clarity:  Good

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, and caddis

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

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing in and around the Deckers area has been good as of late.  Denver Water continues to hold back water in an effort to fill Cheesman Reservoir.  Look for flows to remain between 100-50 cfs for until the reservoir fills.   Currently the lake is still 5100 acre feet from the top  and spilling.   Unfortunately the reservoir is losing water now with low inflows.  In the a.m. your best bet is dead drifting midge pupa mid-column. Look for a nice blue-winged olive hatch each afternoon between 1 and 3 p.m. Overcast days provide the best dry fly fishing. Regardless of the conditions, sub-surface fishing in the afternoon is good with an assortment of Baetis nymphs.

Effective Patterns:   #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #24 Black Beauty, #24 Minute Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS II, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #22 Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun, #22-24 Barr’s Visa Dun (BW0) and #24 Parashute Adams.

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 

Flow: 151 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, and caddis

14 Day Forecast:  Look for good hatches of midges,  blue-winged olives, and sporadic caddisflies​

Tips and Other Information:  Cheesman Canyon is fishing fair to good right now. Denver Water continues to hold back water in an effort to fill Cheesman Reservoir.  Look for flows to remain between 100-50 cfs for until the reservoir fills.   Outflows will vary depending on downstream demand and weather patterns.  If we get a lot of moisture in the Front Range, look for Denver Water to lower the river levels.  If it get hots, chances are good the outflows will increase. Currently the lake is still 5100 acre feet from the top  and spilling.   Unfortunately the reservoir is losing water now with low inflows. There is plenty of snow in the high country and things will improve with warmer weather! Nighttime lows are still too cold to manifest the snow fields into water.  In the a.m., flies of choice have been #22 Mercury Midges, #24 Black Beauties, and #24 Top Secret Midges. Look for a nice blue-winged olive hatch each afternoon between 1 and 3 p.m. Overcast days provide the best dry fly fishing. Regardless of the conditions, sub-surface fishing in the afternoon is good with an assortment of Baetis nymphs.

Effective Patterns: #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS II, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22-24 Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun, #22-24 Barr’s Visa Dun (BW0) and #24 Parachute Adams.

Pat Dorsey’s Fishing Report: Spinney Mountain – Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area

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 

Flow: 99 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges and the occasional blue-winged olive

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows and technical fishing until Spinney Reservoir fills.

Tips and Other Information:  Conditions are not bad considering the time of year! Inflows are only 40 cfs, so look for the City of Aurora and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to keep the flows between 80 and 120 cfs Spinney Reservoir fills.  There is plenty of snow in the high country and things will improve with warmer weather.  Nighttime lows are still too cold to manifest the snow fields into water. Anglers willing to work hard and cover water however are catching some great fish in South Park. There are plenty of opportunities to catch trout with surface offerings in the slower pools and tailouts. It’s hard to go wrong with a size 22-26 Matt’s Midge or Parachute Adams to fool these “risers”. During the non-hatch periods, red midge larva, Pheasant Tails, Manhattan Midges, Buckskins, and Jujubaetis nymphed under a strike indicator have been effective. Don’t rule out fishing streamers or fishing leeches either, as they are producing some excellent fish as well.

Effective Patterns: # 20 Manhattan Midge,  Mayer’s Mini Leech, Pine Squirrel Leech, #18 Micro Egg, #18-22 Mercury Pheasant Tails, #18-20 Buckskins, #20-22 Barr Emergers, #20-22 Jujubaetis,  #20-22 Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Minute Midge, #20-22 Tube Midge, #20-22 Chironoflash, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger , #20-26 Parachute Adams, #18 Griffith Gnat, and #20-22 Matt’s Midge

Fishing Report: Clear Creek

Flows: 76 CFS – Lawson

Clarity: Excellent

Hatches: Midges

Major Food Organisms: Midges

Conditions: Low and slow this time of year with the majority of fish camping out in the deeper runs and pools.  Deep nymphing with a double midge combo will work well. Some Blue Wing Olive surface activity in the afternoon will produce a few fish in the transitional zones

Suggested Patterns: #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun, #22-24 Barr’s Visa Dun (BW0) and #24 Parachute Adams.

Fishing Report: Bear Creek

Flows: 21.1 CFS – Morrison

Clarity: Excellent

Hatches: Midges

Major Food Organisms: Midges

Conditions: Low and slow this time of year with the majority of fish camping out in the deeper runs and pools.  Deep nymphing with a double midge combo will work well.

Suggested Patterns: #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge