Fishing Reports for the waters we guide on.

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 closed.

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 closed.

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 closed.

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 hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

Tips and Other Information:Eleven Mile Canyon is low right now because Denver Water is working on the release-valves. Flows are expected to stay low until the first part of November.   Anglers should prepare themselves for technical fishing and hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos. Nymphing has been productive in the riffles with Baetis nymphs, midge larvae, and pupae, and the dry fly fishing has been good in the slower pools and tailouts with midge adults, blue-winged olives, and Trico spinners. We’ll keep you posted as conditions change on the maintenance projects.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mitchell’s Split Case BWO, #20-22 Mercury Flashback PT, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #20 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, 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, red quills, Tricos, and blue-winged olives

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.    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 option.  Dry fly enthusiast are catching their fare share on Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, AK’s Red Quill, and Tricos. The best is yet to come as the autumn season unfolds…

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, #18 Buckskin, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18-20 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, #24 Stalcup’s Trico Biot Comparadun, #16 AK’s Red Quill, #20 Matt’s Midge, and #24 Parachute Adams.

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 midges and blue-winged olives

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.

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, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Mathew’s #Sparkle Dun (PMD), and 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 blue-winged olives

Tips and Other Information:Cheesman Reservoir is currently at 85 percent, but dropping quickly due to down stream demand. Flows will remain high util Denver Water competes their maintenance project on the Roberts Tunnel.  In the meantime, anglers should prepare themselves for reliable hatches of midges, Tricos, blue-winged olives, and some sporadic golden stoneflies.

Effective Patterns:#20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Flashback PT, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, #20-22 Matt’s Midge, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, 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 midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information:Currently the flows are below their normal historic levels as Denver Water is working on the valves on Eleven Mile Dam. Inflows are low to assist in keeping the reservoir level stable as Denver Water works on the dam. Water temps are really warm so please keep an eye on them and quit when they reach 67 degrees.  If you opt to fish in the mornings, look for reliable hatches of midge and Tricos. We’ll keep you updated as conditions change. Hopefully the upcoming cold snap will help cool things down a bit…

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #20-22 JujuBaetis, #18-22 Mercury Flashback PT, #20 Buckskin, #20 Mercury Blood Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #10 Amy’s Ant, #24 Stalcup’s Trico, #20-22 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #22 Matt’s Midge

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, PMD’s, Tricos, and sporadic golden stoneflies

Tips and Other Information:Cheesman Reservoir is currently at 85 percent full, but dropping fast due to downstream demand. Anglers should prepare for reliable hatches of midges, PMD’s, BWO’s, sporadic golden stoneflies, and Tricos. Look for the flows to remain high until Denver Water completes their maintenance project on the Roberts Tunnel.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback PT, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, #20-22 Matt’s Midge, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, #24 Stalcup’s Trico CDC Biot Comparadun, 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, BWO’s, and Tricos

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 (BWO) or AK’s Red Quill is an excellent choice. Dry and droppers are never a bad idea in the skinny riffles where trout are feeding  on Baetis nymphs and midge pupae.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #14 earthworm brown San Juan Worm, #18 Buckskin, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18-20 Jujubaetis, #20 Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #16 AK’s Red Quill, and #22 Matt’s Midge

Fishing Report: Clear Creek

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Fishing Report: Bear Creek

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