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: 905 cfs below Dillon Reservoir, 832 below Green Mountain Reservoir

Clarity: Good below the dam….

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, caddisflies, and yellow sallies

14 Day Forecast:  Spring run off and high flows. The water is dropping so hopefully things will shape up soon.

Tips and Other Information:  The Blue River is experiencing spring run off. We will keep you updated as things change. Double the releases out of Dillon Dam to achieve an estimated flow above Green Mountain Reservoir. There are approximately 2 dozen feeder creeks that enter the Blue River between Dillon Dam and Green Mountain Reservoir
 
Effective Patterns:   #6-8 Stonefly nymphs, #14 San Juan Worms, #18 Buckskins, #16 Graphic Caddis, #18 Hot Tailflash Egg, #8 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #14 Pink Worm, #10 Chamois Leech, and an assortment of large bead heads ​ #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: 2757 cfs Parshall and 3610 near Kremmling

Clarity: Off-colored due to spring run-off

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 50’s

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, yellow sallies, and caddis

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

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River is blown out!  We will keep you updated as things change.

Effective Patterns:  #6-8 Stonefly nymphs, #14 San Juan Worms, #18 Buckskins, #16 Graphic Caddis, #18 Hot Tailflash Egg, #8 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #14 Pink Worm, #10 Chamois Leech, and an assortment of large bead heads

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:  663 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, caddis, and yellow sallies

14 Day Forecast:  Look for above average flows.

Tips and Other Information:  The Williams Fork is extremely high! Look for sporadic blue-winged olives, yellow sallies, and caddis.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm trailed by a Buckskin or Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail during the high water season. Bring plenty of Deep Woods Off in the weeks to come!

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: 377 cfs

Clarity: Off-colored

Water Temperature: Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges and sporadic caddis

14 Day Forecast: Spring run off

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are getting high on the North Fork. Currently Denver Water is bringing 350 cfs of water through the Roberts Tunnel due to extreme heat in Denver.  Despite the high flows, anglers are fooling trout with an assortment of small bead heads, midges, egg patterns, San Juan Worms, and leech imitations.

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: 184 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, caddis, and blue-winged olives. ​

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been good in Eleven Mile Canyon.  Stock your fly boxes with plenty of midge pupa, caddis pupae, and Baetis nymphs. The fish are are back in the riffles and feeding hard.  As far as the surface feeders are concerned, its hard to go wrong with a size 24 Parachute Adams for the midges and a size 20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun for imitating the “olives”. Elk Hair Caddis and Puterbaugh Caddis are a good choice for caddis adults.

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 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: 216 cfs, Trumbull

Clarity:  Good

Water Temperature: Upper 40’s and low 50’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:  Cheesman Reservoir began spilling this past Sunday about noon.  Two days later, Denver Water released an additional 60 cfs from the bottom valves to cool down the water. Currently there is approximately 160 cfs coming off the bottom valves and the remainder is coming over the spillway.  San Juan Worms, stonefly nymphs, scuds, or caddis larvae are good attractors right now. Dropper flies of choice have been midges in the a.m., followed by Baetis nymphs in the afternoon. Caddis larvae and pupae are a major factor in fly selection right now, especially in the afternoon. Buckskins, hydropyches, and Barr’s Graphic Caddis are must-haves right now….

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, #16-18 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #18 Buckskin, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 yellow Stimulator, #22 Mathew’s 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: 314 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature: Mid 50’s

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, and caddis

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

Tips and Other Information:  Cheesman Reservoir began spilling this past Sunday about noon.  Two days later, Denver Water released an additional 60 cfs from the bottom valves to cool down the water. Currently there is approximately 160 cfs coming off the bottom valves and the remainder is coming over the spillway.  San Juan Worms, stonefly nymphs, scuds, or caddis larvae are good attractors right now. Dropper flies of choice have been midges in the a.m., followed by Baetis nymphs in the afternoon. Caddis hatches are intensifying with the warmer water and caddis pupae are now becoming a factor in the “canyon”.

Effective Patterns: #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #16-18 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #18 Buckskin, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 yellow Stimulator, #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: 256 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 50’s

Hatches: Midges, caddis, yellow sallies, and Tricos

14 Day Forecast: Look for flows to bounce up and down until Spinney Reservoir fills. See below for more information.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are back up with an expected peak in run-off flows (due to extreme heat) entering Spinney Reservoir. Denver Water released some additional water from Antero too, so inflows are now 514 cfs. Even with all this water, the City of Aurora does not expect Spinney Reservoir to fill until sometime in July.  Currently the fishing is good at the Dream Stream!  Effective patterns include #14 UV Scud, #14 San Juan Worm, #12 Chamois Leech, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Buckskins, caddis larva, and #18 Barr’s Emerger and #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis. Elk Hair Caddis, yellow Stimulators,  Amy’s Ant, and Stalcup’s Tricos are fooling trout on the surface.

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: 754 CFS – Lawson

Clarity: Off color

Hatches: Caddis

Major Food Organisms: attractor patterns

Conditions: Flows are up and fish are moving into the softer water along the banks and transitional zones looking for cover.  Nymphing the transitional zones and softer water with caddis nymphs or jig combo will work well. Some Caddis surface activity in the afternoon will produce a few fish in the transitional zones

Suggested Patterns: #14 and #16 Caddis Dries, Large attractor patterns like Amy’s Ants’ and Chubby Chernobyls, Dark colored jig nymphs, Pat’s Rubber Legs  Don’t forget the Squirmly Worms with the flows above 600 – can make for a super fun day

Fishing Report: Bear Creek

Flows: 45 CFS – Morrison

Clarity: Good

Hatches: Caddis and sporadic Blue Wing Olives

Major Food Organisms: Caddis and sporadic Blue Wing Olives

Conditions: With the varying flows, working the transitional zones with a dry/dropper or single nymph is the way to go.  Some Caddis surface activity in the afternoons will produce some fish in the softer water.

Suggested Patterns: Chubby Chernobyls in size 10 and 12, Prince Nymphs in a 14 or 16, Copper John’s (copper and lime), any jig nymphs in sizes 14 and 16, Squirmy’s in pink and red, Elk Hair Caddis in 14 or 16, Clown Shoe Caddis in a 14, Barr’s Graphic Caddis #14 and 16, Jigged Caddis #14 and 16 and jigged Hare’s Ear #14 and 16