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: Exellent

Water Temperature: Low 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: Eleven Mile Canyon is fishing good right now.  Anglers can expect to see reliable midge hatches in the morning, followed by blue-winged olives in the afternoon.  Effective patterns have been tiny (size 22-24) Top Secret Midges, Black Beauties, Brassies, Jujube Midges, and Bling Midges in the morning and Stalcup’s Baetis and Jujubaetis in the afternoon. A size 20 Sparkle Dun or Parachute Adams has been good for the BWO’s.

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, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Manhattan Midges, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, and #20-26 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

Water Temperature:  Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for  hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. The Colorado River is experiencing the initial onset of spring run off.

Tips and Other Information: Flows and clarity will vary greatly depending on warm weather trends. Currently the Colorado River has dropped a bit from a recent cold snap.  It’s hard to go wrong with a Pat’s Rubber Legs or an egg pattern trailed by variety of bead heads, flashy mayflies nymphs, or midge larvae (pupae). Look for the flow to spike again early this week and temperatures rise again. If the clarity becomes an issue, try a Pat’s Rubber Legs, Chamois Leech, Pink San Juan Worm, or a Pine Squirrel Leech as your lead fly and drop something flashy behind it.

Effective Patterns:  Pink, red, and earthworm brown San Juan Worms, #10  Pats Rubber Legs, #8 Halfback Nymph, #10 Bitch Creek, #8 Kaufmann Stone, #16-18 Copper John, #16-18 Rainbow Warrior, #18-20 Buckskins,  #20 Mercury Midge, 16-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18 Chocolate Foam  Wing Emerger, and #18 Sparkle Wing RS 2.

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 in Silverthorne.

Water Temperature: Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges and sporadic blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast:  Look for sporadic hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. The best fishing is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look for trout to be holding in the slow deep runs and pools where they can obtain the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount energy. Stay away from fast riffles and runs as these areas tend to have fewer fish.

Tips and Other Information: The flows have been dropped to their normal historic levels. Denver Water is now moving water to the Front Range via the Roberts Tunnel to supplement releases from Cheesman Reservoir. Fishing has been fair (at best) in the town of Silverthorne. The biggest challenge is finding fish. The numbers appear to be way down from recent years.   Egg-midge combos and Mysis-midge combos are a good idea this time of year.  The fish are in their traditional winter lies. Target the slower pools and deeper runs. Sight fishing to pods of fish is your best bet right now.

Effective Patterns:  ​ #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #24 Black Beauty, #20 Laney’s Mysis, #22 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #22 Red Midge Larva, #20-24 Brassie, #20-22 WD 40, #22 Mercury Midge, #22 Top Secret Midge, and #22-24 Black Beauty

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

Water Temperature:  Lower 40’s

Hatches: Midges and a sporadic blue-winged olive or two

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. The best fishing is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look for trout to be holding in the slow, deep runs and pools where they can obtain the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount energy. Stay away from fast riffles and runs as these areas tend to have fewer fish.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows remain low in an effort to refill Williams Fork Reservoir. Due to a low snow pack, look for low flows much of the spring. I expect Denver Water to lower it more, once the Colorado River experiences spring run off. Anglers can expect to see hatches of sporadic midges with the heaviest emergences occurring in the afternoon.  Egg midge combos are your best bet right now.

Effective Patterns:  #14 San Juan Worm, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22  Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18- 20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #20-22  Sparkle Dun, #16 AK’s Red Quill, and size 24 Parachute Adams.

Fishing Report: Clear Creek

Clarity: Excellent

Hatches: Midges, Blue Wing Olives and Stones

Major Food Organisms: Midges, Blue Wing Olives and Stones

Conditions:  River fishing decent right now.  Fish are feeding on midges, Blue Wing Olive and stoneflies under the surface.  In the late afternoon, you may find a few fish rising in the slower sections targeting BWO dries.  Euro nymphing has been extremely productive with darker colored jig nymphs with silver and copper beads.

Suggested Patterns: #20- 22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Jujubaetis, and #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers, #20-22 Black Fly Larvae, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-24 Medallion Midges, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Tungsten Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Minute Midge, #20-22 Periwinkle, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #20-22 Brassie, #18-22 Buckskin, and #20-22 Chironoflash.

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

Water Temperature: Low 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: Flows remain at 70 cfs (below Cheesman) to fill Cheesman Reservoir.  Feeder creeks are adding 20 cfs to the lower river which is a huge advantage. The level of Cheesman Reservoir is low, its down to 67,000 acre feet which is a bit of a concern considering our snow pack is low this year.  As you might imagine, fishing in Cheesman Canyon is extremely challenging as of late.  Go-to bugs have been a #22 Mercury Midges, #24 Black Beauties, #24 Top Secrets Midges, and #24-26 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers in the mornings and Baetis nymphs in the afternoon. Blue-winged olives are hatching every afternoon, adding some excitement for the dry fly angler. Overcast days and inclement weather are producing the best hatches. Crowds have been extremely heavy, just a heads up!

Note:  Park is designated areas only as the Jefferson County Sheriff is ticketing vehicles illegally parked. 

Effective Patterns:  #22-24 Black Beauty, #22 Minute Midge,  #18-20 Buckskin,  #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayers Mini Leech, #10 Shafer’s Cranefly, #20 Matt;s Midge, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, and #24 Parachute Adams.

Fishing Report: Bear Creek

Clarity: Excellent

Hatches: Midges and Blue Wing Olives

Major Food Organisms: Midges and Blue Wing Olives

Conditions:  River is open and fishing decent right now but the flows are low so target deeper pools and runs.  Fish are feeding on midges, Blue Wing Olive and small dark colored stoneflies under the surface.  In the late afternoon, you may find a few fish rising in the slower sections targeting BWO dries.  Euro nymphing has been extremely productive with darker colored jig nymphs with silver beads.

Suggested Patterns: #20- 22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Jujubaetis, and #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers, #20-22 Black Fly Larvae, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-24 Medallion Midges, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Tungsten Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Minute Midge, #20-22 Periwinkle, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #20-22 Brassie, #18-22 Buckskin, and #20-22 Chironoflash.

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

Water Temperature:  Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows remain above their normal historic level for this time of year.  Releases have remained consistent for a couple months which is good news for South Platte enthusiasts. Anglers willing to work hard and cover a lot of water are still reaping the benefits of some nice fish.  Effective patterns include: egg patterns, red midge larvae, #10 Pine Squirrel Leeches, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #22 Buckskins, #22 Manhattan Midges, #22 Black Beauties, and #22 Top Secret Midges. Anglers can expect to see sporadic hatches of midges in the slow pools and tailouts.  Dry flies of choice are: Size 22-24 Matt’s Midge, 22-24 Griffith’s Gnats, and #24 Parachute Adams.

Effective Patterns: # 20-22 Manhattan Midge,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #20-22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Top Secret Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Buckskin,  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #24 Parachute Adams, and #22-24 Griffith Gnats.

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: Fair

Water Temperature: Low 40’s

Hatches: Midge and winter stoneflies

14 Day Forecast: Look for improving flows and sporadic hatches of midges.Our leases are expected to open sometime in April. We will keep you posted as things change.

Tips and Other Information:  Denver Water has turned on the Roberts Tunnel. Flows will be ramped up slowly due to ice.  Denver Water tells us that the water level in Dillion is good and they will depend on it to serve Denver’s water needs until Cheesman Reservoir fills up a bit.  Our leases are all open now.

Effective Patterns:  #18 Hot Tail Flash Eggs, #18-20 Rainbow Warrior, #18-20 Red Larva, #18 Red and Pink Flossy Worms, #10 Chamois Leeches, #20 Mercury Black Beauty, #10 White Crystal Bugger, and #10 Pine Squirrel Leech.

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

Water Temperature: Low 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:   Flows remain at 70 cfs to fill Cheesman Reservoir.  The level of Cheesman Reservoir is low, its down to 67,000 acre feet which is a bit of a concern considering our snow pack is low this year.  As you might imagine, fishing in Cheesman Canyon is extremely challenging as of late.  Go-to bugs have been a #22 Mercury Midges, #24 Black Beauties, #24 Top Secrets Midges, and #24-26 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers in the mornings and Baetis nymphs in the afternoon. Blue-winged olives are hatching every afternoon, adding some excitement for the dry fly angler. Overcast days and inclement weather are producing the best hatches.

Effective Patterns:  #22-24 Black Beauty, #22 Minute Midge,  #18-20 Buckskin,  #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayers Mini Leech, #10 Shafer’s Cranefly, #20 Matt;s Midge, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, and #24 Parachute Adams.