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: 224cfs

Clarity: Exellent

Water Temperature: Upper 50’s to low 60’s

Hatches: Midges, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, caddis, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

14 Day Forecast: Look for good hatches of midges, PMD’s, yellow sallies, caddis, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

Tips and Other Information: The flows are perfect right now!  The fish are feeding hard in the riffles, runs, and pocket water. Nymphing has been good with pale morning dun nymphs, Baetis nymphs, and caddis larvae and pupae. The dry fly fishing has been good with pale morning duns, Tricos, and caddis in the slower pools and tailouts.  Crowds are heavy due to its easy access and great fishing this time of year. You can escape some of the crowds by fishing the lower river or targeting the pocket water stretches.

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, #22-24 Barr’s Visa Dun (PMD), #16 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (PMD), #16 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun (PMD), #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #22-24 Stalcup’s Biot Trico Comparadun, and #114-16 Yellow Stimulator.

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: 548 cfs Parshall and 1270 near Kremmling

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature:  Mid to upper 50’s

Hatches: Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos

14 Day Forecast: Look for excellent fishing and reliable hatches of Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River is fishing good to excellent. Flows are a fuzz high on the lower river (for the walk wade angler).  In Parshall, conditions are ideal. Anglers can expect to find reliable hatches Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos.  Nymphing with caddis larvae, pupae, mayfly emergers has been producing some nice fish. Dry fly enthusiasts are finding their fare share of surface feeders in the soft water margins near the stream bank, back channels, and slower pools and tailouts. Effective dries include #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Mathews Sparkle Duns , and #AK’s Red Quill. Bring plenty of Deep Woods Off, the mosquitoes are really, really bad!

Effective Patterns:  #14 San Juan Worms, #18 Buckskins, #16 Graphic Caddis,  #8 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #16-18 Split Case PMD, #16 Pheasant Tail, #16-20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #16 Mercer’s Trigger Nymph, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #16 Yellow Humpy, and #16 Yellow Stimulator

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: 169 cfs below Dillon Reservoir, 556 below Green Mountain Reservoir

Clarity: Good throughout it entirety

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s near the dam, but warms quickly as it moves down river. On the lower river the water temps are in the mid 50’s.

Hatches: Midges, green drakes, PMD’s, caddis, and yellow sallies

14 Day Forecast:  Look for great conditions and excellent hatches of midges, drakes, pale morning dunes, caddis, and yellow sallies. Look for flows to gradually recede in the days to come.

Tips and Other Information:  Dillon Reservoir is full to the brim and fishing is good throughout the river’s entirety.  In town, fish with your standard tailwater bugs, small midges and mayfly nymphs. Its hard to go wrong with Baetis nymphs and PMD nymphs this time of year. As you progress down river, stonefly nymphs, caddis larva trailed by small PMD or Baetis nymphs is  productive. Flows on the lower river are a fuzz high so you’ll work hard for every fish you catch right now. But, if you target the soft water margins, you’ll catch enough fish to keep things interesting!  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

Flow:  274 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

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

Hatches: Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos

14 Day Forecast: Look for good flows and excellent fishing for weeks to come. Anglers should plan for good hatches of Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are a fuzz high on the Williams Fork right now. Anglers willing to battle the higher flows are finding some good fish though. Anglers can expect to see good hatches of Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos. It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm trailed by a #18 Buckskin and a #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail this time of year.  If you target t he slower pools, tailouts, and riffles, you’ll find some good dry fly fishing. Bring plenty of Deep Woods Off, the mosquitoes are really, really bad!

Effective Patterns:  #14 San Juan Worm,  #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge,  #20-22  Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18- 20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #20  Sparkle Dun, #16 Pale Morning Dun, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, and #14-16 Yellow Stimulator

Fishing Report: Clear Creek

Flows: 107 CFS – Lawson

Clarity: Good

Hatches: Caddis, Stones

Major Food Organisms: attractor patterns

Conditions: Flows are dropping and fish are moving into the more traditional summer lies in pockets and runs.  Fishing a dry/dropper the transitional zones and pocket water with attractor dries with a dropper 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, Barr’s Graphic Caddis

Fishing Report: Bear Creek

Flows: 25 CFS – Morrison

Clarity: Excellent

Hatches: Caddis, PMD’s

Major Food Organisms: Caddis and PMD’s

Conditions: With the dropping flows, dry fly fishing has been outstanding in the morning and afternoon

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, 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, PMD Pullover #16Parachute PMD’s #14 and #16, PMD Emerger #14 and #16, Tungsten Split Case PMD nymph #16, Pheasant Tail #16,

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: 385 cfs, Trumbull

Clarity:  Excellent

Water Temperature: Upper 50’s to low 60’s

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

14 Day Forecast:  Look for hatches of PMD’s, caddis, and Tricos.   Denver Water will keep the water between 50 and 60 degrees by releasing water from the bottom and mid-level valves. Fishing should remain excellent for weeks to come.

Tips and Other Information: 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. Elk Hair Caddis have been picking up a decent number of fish, especially if you skate them! Golden stoneflies are now hatching in the Deckers area as well.  A size 10 Amy’s Ant is a good option, especially if you opt to fish with dry and dropper rigs.

Note: Deckers is getting loved to death right now.  Crowds have been super heavy due to it’s easy access.  I am seeing wear and tear on the fish, so please make sure you pinch down your barbs, wet your hands before handling them, and release them as fast as you can after catching them.

Effective Patterns:  #16-18 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #14 San Juan Worm, #14 orange or olive UV Scud, #18-20 Buckskin, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-16 yellow Stimulator, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #10 Amy’s Ant,  #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 

Flow: 170 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Upper 50’s and low 60’s

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

14 Day Forecast: Look for excellent fishing for weeks to come. Anglers should prepare for hatches of midges, caddis, yellow sallies, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

Tips and Other Information:  Flows have returned to their normal historic levels now that things have dried out a bit. Look for excellent fishing with dries and nymphs for weeks to come.  Effective patterns include #14 San Juan Worms, #14 Scuds, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech,  #18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Buckskins, caddis larva, #18 Barr’s Emerger (PMD) and  #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis. Anglers can expect to see excellent hatches of pale morning duns, caddis, and Tricos. The slower pools, back channels, and tailouts are providing some good surface activity. Flies of choice are: #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-16  yellow Stimulators, #16 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (PMD), #10 Amy’s Ant, and #24 Stalcup’s Trico.   Crowds have heavy so plan accordingly.

Effective Patterns: # 20 Manhattan Midge,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech,  #14 olive or orange UV Scud, #14 San Juan Worm, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Barr Emerger (PMD), #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #12-14 Yellow Stimulator, #16 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (PMD), #16 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun (PMD), #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, and # 14-16 Puterbaugh Caddis

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: 206 cfs

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature: Mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic caddis, and sporadic red quills

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows until Denver Water turns the Roberts Tunnel back on. Currently with all the rain, there is no down stream irrigation demand.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are perfect on the North Fork of the South Platte right now. Currently Denver Water is bringing 100 cfs of water through the Roberts Tunnel.  Anglers are fooling trout with an assortment of small bead heads, midges, egg patterns, San Juan Worms, and leech imitations. Target the soft water margins behind rocks and concentrate your efforts near the banks. Fishing is quite good if you fish the correct water. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of brown, rainbow, cut bow, brook, tiger, and the occasional palomino. Overall the river is treating anglers pretty good!

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 

Flow: 361 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature: Low 50’s in the upper canyon, but the river warms quickly as it moves downstream. Denver Water is closely monitoring stream temperatures to keep them between 50 and 60 degrees.

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

14 Day Forecast:  Look for sporadic hatches of PMD’s, caddis, and Tricos.   Denver Water will keep the water between 50 and 60 degrees by releasing water from the bottom and mid-level valves. Fishing should remain excellent for weeks to come.

Tips and Other Information: Flows are back to their normal historic values and fishing is excellent right now. San Juan Worms, stonefly nymphs, scuds, or caddis larvae are excellent attractors right now. Dropper-flies of choice have been midges in the a.m., followed by Baetis and PMD nymphs in the afternoon. Anglers can expect to find a few trout rising to blue-winged olives, Tricos, and PMD’s.  Target the slower pools and tailouts if you are looking for risers.  The dry fly fishing has been quite good if  you look in the right areas!

Effective Patterns:  #16-18 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #14 San Juan Worm, #14 orange or olive UV Scud, #18-20 Buckskin, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-16 yellow Stimulator, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #10 Amy’s Ant,  #20 Sparkle Dun (BWO) #16 Sparkle Dun (PMD), #16 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun (PMD), and #24 Parachute Adams.