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

14 Day Forecast:Look for hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. Look for the clarity changes based on warm weather trends

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River is fishing fair to good right now in the Parshall area. Flows are on the rise (and stained) right now with the onset of spring run-off. Egg patterns, Pats Rubber Legs, and San Juan Worms trailed by Baetis Nymphs, Sparkle Wing RS 2’s, Buckskins, and Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails have been producing some nice fish. Look for the clarity to change with warm-and-cool weather trends. The river down near Kremmling is starting to get a bit on the high side, which becomes a challenge for the walk/wade angler.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #14 earthworm brown and pink San Juan Worm, #8-10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, 16-18 Mercury Caddis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #18 Buckskin, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20 Jujubaetis, #20 Sparkle Dun, #20-24 Parachute Adams, #22 Matt’s Midge, and #22 Griffith Gnat.

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: Excellent

14 Day Forecast:  Look for sporadic hatches of midges and a sporadic blue-winged olive or two. Flows are currently normal for this time of year.

Tips and Other Information: The Blue River in the town of Silverthorne is your best bet throughout the early spring months. Anglers should prepare themselves for sporadic hatches of midges and look for the occasional fish eating adults in the slower runs, deeper pools, and tailouts. Nymphing with midge larvae and pupae is your best bet right now, however.   Don’t rule out Mysis Shrimp, the trout are always looking for them. Target the transitional zones that funnel into the deeper runs and pools.  Sight fishing is a must on the Blue River as the populations of trout are way down. Straight Creek is known to add some muddy water on warm days, so don’t be surprised if the river gets off colored below the gauging station.

Effective Patterns:  ​#18-20 Mysis Shrimp, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Red Larva, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20 JujuBaetis, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-24 Griffith Gnat, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-26 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: Excellent

14 Day Forecast:Look for sporadic hatches of midges.

Tips and Other Information:Flows are low right now on the Williams Fork, but adequate for decent fishing with the recent stream restoration project that created some deeper runs and pools for the trout to hold. Anglers should prepare themselves for sporadic hatches of midges and look for the occasional fish eating adults in the slower runs. Look for blue-winged olives in the afternoon between 1 and 3 p.m. It’s hard to go wrong with a Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, Sparkle Wing RS 2,or a Buckskin trailed off an egg pattern or San Juan Worm right now. A size 20 Sparkle Dun is the perfect imposter for fooling the fish eating the “olives” in the slower pools and tailouts.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-22 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-24 Griffith Gnat, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #20 Sparkle Dun, #22-26 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 

Clarity:  Excellent

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

Tips and Other Information:Fishing near Deckers has been fair-to-good in the past few days. Crowds have been very heavy as of late…so plan accordingly, because its hard to find a place to fish. South Platte regulars should prepare themselves for a.m. and p.m. hatches of midges and look for the occasional fish eating adults in the slower runs, deeper pools, and tailouts. Mid day brings a nice “olive” hatch with several fish eating duns in the soft water margins. Egg patterns are fooling a few fish as the rainbows continue to propagate in the spawning flats. During the non-hatch periods an orange UV Scud is a great option now the flows are on the rise….

Effective Patterns:#20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback PT, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, #20-22 Matt’s Midge, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, #20-22 Blue Dun, #20-22 Blue Quill, and #20-24 Parachute Adams.

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

Most ranches on the North Fork of the South Platte (Boxwood, Long Meadow, North Fork Ranch, North Fork Meadows)  are closed until June 1, 2020 due to poor flows and conditions.

Current Conditions:

Closed until June 1, 2020 due to poor flows and conditions.

Clarity: N/A

14 Day Forecast: N/A

Tips and Other Information:N/A

Effective Patterns: N/A

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 reliable hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information:Eleven Mile Canyon is a great place to be during the spring months. Flows are above their normal historic levels which is good news for Eleven Mile Canyon regulars. Anglers should prepare themselves for morning and evening midge-hatches with mid day “olive” emergences adding some spice to the afternoon hours. Nymphing has been productive in the riffles with Baetis nymphs, and the dry fly fishing has been good in the slower pools and tailouts. Overcast days are providing the best dry fly fishing.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger,  #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, #20-22 Matt’s Midge, and #20-24 Parachute Adams.

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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 reliable hatches of midges and a sporadic blue-winged olive or two.

Tips and Other Information:Fishing at the Dream Stream is fair-to-good right now for resident fish. Flows are low and clear, resulting in some technical fishing. Spot-and-stalk fishing is your best bet right now. Anglers willing to walk long distances and sight fish reap the benefits of some good fish. Anglers can expect to see a hatches of midges and a sporadic blue winged olive or two. Egg-midge or egg-Baetis nymph combos are a good option currently…especially since it’s getting to be that time of year when suckers are on the move. It’s hard to go wrong with a yellow egg trailed by a red larva, Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail or a JujuBaetis. Mayer’s Mini Leech or a Pine Squirrel Leech is another good lead fly (attractor) right now. Looking ahead, caddis will be hatching soon, so it’s time to get stocked up on #16-18 Buckskins, #16 Graphic Caddis, #14-16 Puterbaugh Caddis, and #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #20 JujuBaetis, #20 Mercury Flashback PT, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20 Tube Midge, #22-22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Red Larva, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-22 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #20 Sparkle Dun,#20-24 Parachute Adams.

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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 hatches of midges and blue-winged olives

Tips and Other Information: Fishing in Cheesman Canyon has been fair to good as of late. Crowds have been very heavy the past two weeks, so plan accordingly. Cheesman Canyon regulars should prepare themselves for a.m. and p.m. hatches of midges and look for the occasional fish eating adults in the slower runs, deeper pools, and tailouts. The Family Hole and Ice Box are two great areas to look for rising fish during the spring that are keying on midge-adults. Nymphing with midge larvae and pupae is a great option as well. Mid day brings a nice “olive” hatch with several fish eating duns in the soft water margins. During the non-hatch periods an orange UV Scud is a great option now the flows are on the rise…

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback PT, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, #20-22 Matt’s Midge, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, #20-22 Blue Dun, #20-22 Blue Quill, and #20-24 Parachute Adams.

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Fishing Report: Clear Creek

Clarity: Excellent

Major Food Organisms: Midges

Conditions:  Look for midges in the areas that are not iced over

Suggested Patterns:  #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Mercury Midge, #22 Black Beauty, #20 Red Larva, #20 Manhattan Midge, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #14-16 San Juan Worm, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-24 RS 2, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, and #22-26 Parachute Adams.

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