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: High 40’s

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

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

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been good in Elevenmile Canyon. Anglers can expect to see hatches of midges in the a.m., followed Tricos mid day, then “olives” in the afternoon.  Its hard to go wrong with small Parachute BWO’s Adams, and Sparkle Duns right now for the surface feeders. Nymphing in-between hatches with Mercury Midges, Jujubaetis, Stalcup’s Baetis and chocolate Foam Wing Emergers is producing some nice fish as well. Crowds are light in comparison to the Dream Stream which makes this a good destination this time of year.

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 2, #20-26 Parachute Adams, #16 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (PMD)

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: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Upper 40’s to low 50’s

Hatches: Midges, and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for above average flows and fair to good fishing for weeks to come. Anglers should plan for hatches of midges, and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are a still a bit high on the Williams Fork right.   Denver Water continues to lower the reservoir to conduct maintenance on the valves. Fishing has been fair as of late with the high water.  The biggest challenge is getting around and getting down to the fish. Anglers can expect to see hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm or egg pattern trailed by a #18 Buckskin and a #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail this time of year.  Anglers are picking up a few spawn-run brown trout.  The biggest catch has been resident trout in the 10-14 inch range.  Crowds have been extremely heavy as of late.

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.

Notes:  There are several moose in the area so keep your wits about you at all times! These animals are dangerous and unpredictable so keep an eye out for them!

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 throughout its entirety

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s near the dam, mid to upper on the lower reaches

Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives

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

Tips and Other Information:  The Blue River is in good shape from Dillon Reservoir until the mouth of Green Mountain Reservoir. In town, use the standard tailwater bugs, small midges and mayfly nymphs. It’s hard to go wrong with egg Baetis nymph combos this time of year. The lower Blue is a “nice fish” plus you can escape the crowds. The trade off is worth the compromise in my opinion.

Effective Patterns:  #10 Pats Rubber Legs,  #16 Graphic Caddis, ​ #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20 Laney’s Mysis, #20 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #22 Red Midge Larva, #20-24 Brassie, #20 WD 40, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-16 Yellow Stimulator, #16 Pale Morning Dun, and #10 Amy’s Ant.

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:  Upper 40’s to low 50’s

Hatches: Midges, and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for above average flows and fair to good fishing for weeks to come. Anglers should plan for hatches of midges, and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are a still a bit high on the Williams Fork right.   Denver Water continues to lower the reservoir to conduct maintenance on the valves. Fishing has been fair as of late with the high water.  The biggest challenge is getting around and getting down to the fish. Anglers can expect to see hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm or egg pattern trailed by a #18 Buckskin and a #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail this time of year.  Anglers are picking up a few spawn-run brown trout.  The biggest catch has been resident trout in the 10-14 inch range.  Crowds have been extremely heavy as of late.

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.

Notes:  There are several moose in the area so keep your wits about you at all times! These animals are dangerous and unpredictable so keep an eye out for them!

Fishing Report: Clear Creek

Clarity: Excellent

Hatches: BWO’s and Midges

Major Food Organisms: Blue Wing Olives and Midges

Conditions:  BWO’s and Midges are the bug of choice right now on Clear Creek.  Traditional nymphing with a BWO/Midge combined with an egg with produce fish. Euro nymphing has been extremely successful fishing a single jig nymph in darker colors.  This time of year is a great time to try Euro nymphing on Clear Creek

Suggested Patterns: Dark colored jig nymphs like Devil Jigs in Black and Green, Jigged Prince Nymph and Jigged Quill Nymph. For midges and blue wing olives patterns, try a #20-22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #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.

Fishing Report: Bear Creek

Clarity: Excellent

Hatches: BWO’s and Midges

Major Food Organisms: BWO’s and Midges

Conditions: Flows are perfect and Fall fishing is at its best right now. Plenty of midges and BWO’s to keep you happy until it freezes

Suggested Patterns: #20-22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #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: High 40’s

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

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

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been fair to good in Deckers.  The fishing has been slow in the morning, but picks up mid day when the Tricos come off.  There has been some good dry fly fishing with Trico duns and spinners, then the fish key on sunken spinners. The hatch is over by 12:30, then the “olives” come off at 1 p.m. Overcast days are providing the best dry fly fishing. Its hard to go wrong with a size Parachute Adams, or Mathew’s Sparkle Dun of the BWO’s.  Nymphing in-between hatches with Mercury Midges, Jujubaetis, Stalcup’s Baetis and chocolate Foam Wing Emergers is producing some nice fish as well.

Effective Patterns:  #10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #14 San Juan Worm,  #18-20 Buckskin,  #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Sparkle Dun (BWO) #16 Sparkle Dun (PMD), #16 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun (PMD), and #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: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Mid to upper 40’s

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

14 Day Forecast: Look for good fishing for another couple of weeks. Anglers should prepare for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing has been fair to good for resident trout at the Dream Stream.   Effective patterns include 18
egg patterns, red midge larva, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech,  #18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Buckskins, and Top Secret Midges. Anglers can expect to see hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and sporadic Tricos.  The afternoon (2 p.m.) “olive” hatch has be quite impressive! The slower pools and tailouts are providing some decent surface activity. Flies of choice are: Size 22 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico (for spinners and sunken spinners), and #24 Parachute Adams. The brown trout run is in full swing right now.  Watch your step in the shallow riffles to avoid stepping on redds.  Please don’t target trout on reads.  If you see browns in shallow water, assume they are spawning and leave them alone. There are a lot of Kokanee salmon in the river which adds a lot of excitement this time of year.  Crowds have been heavy!!

Effective Patterns: # 20-22 Manhattan Midge,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech,  #14-16 olive or orange UV Scud, #14 San Juan Worm, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18-20 Buckskin,  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, and #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun.

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: Good

Water Temperature: Mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows until Denver Water turns back on the Roberts Tunnel. It is shut off until further notice for repairs.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are all natural right now. The only lease open is North Fork Meadows at the current time. When the Roberts Tunnel is turned back on, Boxwood and North Fork Ranch will open again. We will keep you posted was things change.

Effective Patterns:  #10 Chamois Leech, #14 San Juan Worm (brown, pink, and red), #18 Hot Tail Flash Eggs, #20-22 Bead Head Flashback Black Beauties, #20-22 Pearl Jams, #20-22 Rainbow Warriors, #18-20 Mercury Black Beauty, and #20-22 red midge larva.

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: Upper 40’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic caddis, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

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

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing has been tough in Cheesman Canyon.  Trust me–you’ll work hard for every fish you catch right now. The Cheesman trout are keying on the small stuff right now. It’s time to break out the 6X tippet and the size 22-24 flies! Anglers should prepare for a heavy a.m. midge hatch followed by a late morning Trico hatch. Early afternoon brings a blue-winged olive hatch.  My go to bugs have been a size 22 Jujubaetis, size 22 Stalcups Baetis, and #24 chocolate Foam Wing Emerger. Overcast days are providing the best hatches and fishing. Bright and sunny days have been much tougher

Effective Patterns:  #22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #22-24 Sparkle Dun (BWO) #18 Sparkle Dun (PMD), #16 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun (PMD), and #24 Parachute Adams.