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 caddis, yellow sallies, pale morning duns and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information:Eleven Mile Canyon is a great option right now. Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges, caddis, PMD’s, yellow sallies, and Tricos. Nymphing has been productive in the riffles with PMD nymphs, caddis larvae, and pupae, and the dry fly fishing has been good in the slower pools and tailouts.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mitchell’s Split Case PMD, #20 Mercury Flashback PT, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #18 Buckskin, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Puterbaugh Caddis, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #16 PMD, #14 Yellow Stimulator, and #20-24 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: Stained

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges, caddis, Tricos, yellow sallies, and pale morning duns

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River is a great option right now.  Flows are perfect on the Colorado in and around the Parshall area.  Williams Fork Reservoir is 100 percent full, so look for Denver Water to match incoming flows.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm or Pat’s  Rubber Legs trailed by a Buckskin or Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail right now. A Sparkle Wing RS 2 is another great option.  For dry flies, a Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (PMD) or Elk Hair Caddis is a good choice. The mosquitoes are really bad right now, so wear long sleeved shirts and bring plenty of Deep Woods Off. The good news is if you’re willing to battle the bugs, you’ll enjoy some solitude and good fishing. The lower river is a bit  high for the walk wade angler, but very good for drift fishing. Look for pale morning duns, yellow sallies, and caddis to be the main hatches right now.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #14 earthworm brown San Juan Worm, #8-10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, 16-18 Mercury Caddis, #18 Buckskin, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #16 Barr’s PMD Emerger, #16 Trigger Nymph, #18-20 Jujubaetis, #16 Sparkle Dun, #14 Yellow Stimulator, #16 Parachute PMD, and #14 Elk Hair Caddis.

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 good flows and hatches of caddis, PMD’s, and Tricos on the lower river.

Tips and Other Information: The Blue River in the town of Silverthorne is your best bet right now.  Effective patterns include Mysis Shrimp, egg patterns, San Juan Worms, trailed by small bead heads, and mayfly nymphs.  The lower river is shaping up nicely, so don’t be afraid to go check it out.

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: 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, PMD’s, Tricos, and caddis

Tips and Other Information:Cheesman Reservoir is currently full. Denver Water plans on matching inflow for their outflow, and will purposely not allow the lake to fill and spill. Currently anglers are experiencing reliable hatches of midges, caddis, Tricos, and PMD’s. The water is stained a bit from recent flow increases and there is a lot of free-floating debris. Things should improve in the days to come, especially with increasing outflow.

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, #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #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.

 

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 hatches of caddis, pale morning duns, yellow sallies, and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information: Currently the flows are perfect on the Dream Stream. As you might imagine, fishing has been good with river levels holding steady at nearly 300 cfs for a week.  Anglers willing to work hard and cover a lot of water are catching a mixed bag of rainbows, cutbows, and brown trout.  Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of Tricos, PMD’s, caddis and yellow sallies. Effective flies have been caddis larvae and PMD nymphs dropped off a larger attractor nymph like a scud, San Juan Worm, or cranefly larvae. The mosquitoes are starting to get bad, so make sure you wear a long sleeve shirt and bring some Deep Woods Off.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #20 JujuBaetis, #18-20 Mercury Flashback PT, #14 San Juan Worm, #18 Buckskin, #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #16-18 Barr’s PMD Emerger, #16 PMD, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-16 Puterbaugh Caddis, #14 Yellow Stimulator, and #24 Stalcup’s Trico

 

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 excellent flows and reliable hatches of midges, caddis, and PMD’s

Tips and Other Information: Cheesman Reservoir is currently full. Denver Water plans on matching inflow for their outflow, and will purposely not allow the lake to fill and spill. Currently anglers are experiencing reliable hatches of midges, caddis, and PMD’s. The water is stained a bit from recent flow increases and there is a lot of free-floating debris. Things should improve in the days to come, especially with increasing outflow.

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, #16 Graphic Caddis, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #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.

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 hatches of midges, PMD’s, Tricos, and caddis

Tips and Other Information: Flows are perfect on the Willies Fork.  Anglers are catching mostly browns, with the occasionally rainbow. It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm, trailed by a Buckskin or Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail right now. A Sparkle Wing RS 2 is another great fly. For dry flies, a Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (PMD) or Elk Hair Caddis is a good choice. Dry and droppers are never a bad idea in the skinny riffles where trout are feeding voraciously on PMD nymphs or caddis larvae.  The mosquitoes are really bad, so plan accordingly…

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #14 earthworm brown San Juan Worm, #8-10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, 16-18 Mercury Caddis, #18 Buckskin, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #16 Barr’s PMD Emerger, #16 Trigger Nymph, #18-20 Jujubaetis, #16 Sparkle Dun, #14 Yellow Stimulator, #16 Parachute PMD, and #14 Elk Hair Caddis.

Fishing Report: Clear Creek

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

Current Conditions:

Denver Water has closed Roberts Tunnel for maintenance, leaving all of the private ranches on the North Fork of the South Platte are closed for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Clarity: Fair

14 Day Forecast:  Denver Water has closed Roberts Tunnel for maintenance, leaving all of the private ranches on the North Fork of the South Platte are closed for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Tips and Other Information:  Denver Water has closed Roberts Tunnel for maintenance, leaving all of the private ranches on the North Fork of the South Platte are closed for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Fishing Report: Bear Creek

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