Fishing Reports for the waters we guide on.

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 lower flows and great hatches of midges and baetis in the canyon.

Tips and Other Information: Anglers should prepare themselves for AM and PM midge hatches in conjunction with a mid-day blue-winged olives. The water coming out of eleven mile reservoir is ice cold so early mornings right now can be a bit slow. Wait for it to warm up a little and the fish will be more willing to take a fly. anglers should prepare to fish small flies in conjunction with flouorocarbon tippet in 5-6x. having your right depth and weight will make a huge difference here. Eleven Mile Reservoir is at 102 percent capacity which is good news for the fishery below and should help out come this winter!

Effective Patterns:#22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18 Buckskin, #16 Graphic Caddis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Parachute Adams, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #20 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Comparadun, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, 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:

14 Day Forecast: Fall is here! Lower flows and stealth approaches are key right now. Look for hatches of Blue Wing Olives, Midges, and Sporadic caddis

Tips and Other Information: Flows are low on the Colorado River with the low snowpack and lack of rain. Williams Fork Reservoir is at 68% capacity so look for minimal releases until the lake fills. Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges and blue wing olives.  The best fishing is between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. and we have been seeing some decent streamer action on cloudy days. Baetis patterns and midge emergers have been the ticket as of lately. Being stealthy is going to be key right now as these fish can be spooked easily from the clear water. Fishing a tungsten bead pheasant tail or pats rubber leg followed by a chocolate foam wing, manhattan midge, egg, or juju baetis have been the ticket on the colorado.

Effective Patterns: #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #20 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Comparadun, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 Parachute Adams.

Fishing Report: Arkansas River

The Arkansas river runs from the headwaters around Leadville through Salida to Buena Vista all the way through Pueblo. Tons of public access and great dry fly fishing during the summer and spring months. 

Current Conditions Consistent fall flows through most of the river system. 200-300 cfs produces great hatches of BWO’s and Midges through the fall into winter

Clarity: Good

14 Day Forecast: Fall is here and the Blue Wing Olives are coming off!

Tips and Other Information: Dry droppers are still producing really nice fish and we are sticking with Extended Body BWO or Parachute Adams and dropping a tungsten bead mayfly emerger off the back. Focus on deeper tailout runs as well as riffle run sections and slower seams of the river for your best action.

Effective Patterns: #18-20 Manhattan Midge, #16-20 Tungsten Pheasant Tail, #16-20 Guides Choice Hares Ear, #18-20 Darth Baetis, #16-18 Jig Pheasant Tail, #16-20 Extended Body Blue Wing Olive, #18-20 Matthews Sparkle Dun, #16-18 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 low flows and sporadic hatches of midges and baetis.

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, or a red larvae, trailed by an assortment of small mayfly and midge imitations. These fish see a ton of flies so having light tippet and tiny sparse flies can be the ticket on a tough day. Having your flies right above the bottom of the river will be your best bet to hook these wary trout. Using a yarn indicator is key for this river as these fish will spook easily to an indicator smacking the surface. We have had good luck using a #16 jigged pheasant tail as a lead pattern then dropping a size #22-24 midge emerger behind it. Top patterns here are red larva, mercury midges, top secret midges, and stalcups baetis.

Effective Patterns:

#18-20 Mysis Shrimp, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Red Larva, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #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, and 22-26 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 good hatches of Blue Wing Olives, Midges, and Sporadic Tricos

Tips and Other Information: Flows are decent to good right now on the Williams Fork. Anglers should prepare themselves for good a.m. midge and Trico hatches, followed by excellent bwo hatches in the afternoon. Right now it’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm or egg pattern trailed by a Buckskin, Mercury P.T. , Soft Hackle P.T., Stalcups baetis or Sparkle Wing RS 2. Dry flies of choice are Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, and Mathew’s Sparkle Dun. Fall streamer action has also picked up as of lately. Smaller streamers such as baby gongas, leeches, mini dungeons and meat whistles.

Effective Patterns: #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20 Mercury Blood Midge, #20 Red Larva, #20 Pale Olive Larva, #20-22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #20 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Comparadun, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 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 good hatches of Blue Wing Olives and Midges with Sporadic hatches of Tricos and Caddis on warmer days

Tips and Other Information: Overall, the fishing is fair to good at the Dream Stream right now. We have seen a consistent flow coming out of Spinney right around 120 cfs. Anglers are finding  a few “good fish” but they are covering lots of water and working hard for their catch. The kokanee are in the river but not in super high numbers or pods quite yet. We did see a decent push over the weekend though and this has made finding them a bit easier. Good patterns for salmon at the dream are worms, pats rubber legs, eggs and bright nymphs like copper johns and psycho princes. They are widely spread out in the river and are typically hanging in some of the deep runs at oxbows. The brown trout run has begun but its is small as of yet. A few nice fish have been caught but we are still waiting for a big push. Anglers are having the best luck on egg patters, midge emergers, and baetis nymphs. Please refrain from walking in the river from spot to spot as this is prime time for spawning fish and redds are present throughout the river.

Effective Patterns: #14 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #20-22 JujuBaetis, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18-20 Buckskin, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Stalcups Baetis, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #20-26 Parachute Adams, and #22 Matt’s Midge.

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

The North Fork of the South Platte River offers yet another opportunity to sample the South Platte River system. The vast majority of this swift, fast flowing stem of the South Platte River is within an hour’s reach of metropolitan Denver, nevertheless, this branch gets over-shadowed by the renowned South Fork. The headwaters of the North Fork, as it is referred to, commence on the eastern side of legendary Kenosha Pass. The North Fork is extremely small and expeditious for the first several miles until it joins forces with diverted water from the bottom of Dillon Reservoir via the Roberts Tunnel. Another tributary—Geneva Creek—further adds a substantial quantity of water to the North Fork near the small town of Grant. This creek is especially influential during run-off as the North Fork swells and becomes high and roily. Several other smaller side-streams also enter the river but are not the magnitude of the two previously mentioned sources of water.

The North Fork is comprised of shallow riffles, runs, and an abundance of pocket water. Deep holes are uncommon throughout this section of river. The water is gin clear, and standard sight nymphing tactics work best on a day-to-day basis. Short-line nymphing is the most effective technique with the heavy brush, small pockets, and quick seams—all of which are key holding areas for the trout. Typically if it looks “fishy”, it generally is, and of course it’s always lucrative to find fish positioned where you think they should be.

Trophy trout await you on many of our leases on the North Fork of the South Platte.  To book a day at North Fork Ranch, Shawnee Meadows, or Rawhide (upper and middle) Fly Fisher’s call the Blue Quill Angler (303-674-4700) and we’ll gladly assist you.

Current Conditions

Clarity: Relatively clear

14 Day Forecast: The Tunnel is running right now but we have seen a cut back in flows. Fishing has still been great as of lately and we are still running trips to our private leases.

Tips and Other Information: Worms, Eggs, Leeches, Midges and Emergers have been effective in the past few days. To fish on one of our private leases, contact the Blue Quill Angler for more details (303-674-4700). We are excited about some of the new properties that we are guiding on and you should be too. This is a great opportunity to fish some new water and enjoy a true “private water experience”.

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 strong hatches of midges, blue wing olives and sporadic tricos and caddis.

Tips and Other Information: Fall is here and we are seeing some nicely colored browns along the South Platte. Cheesman Reservoir is currently 95% full and we are seeing a steady and consistent flow coming out of the dam. Anglers should prepare themselves for reliable hatches of midges and blue wing olives during the mornings and cloud cover days. The best fishing has been in the morning until around noon or so. Fishing an egg pattern in tandem with a midge or bwo emerger has been the ticket lately! Keep an eye on the weather as we are going to be seeing colder days and rain/snow. Browns have begun to spawn so please keep a close watch out for redds and make sure to not walk on them or fish to spawning trout!.

Effective Patterns:#22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg,#20-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #18 Buckskin, #16 Graphic Caddis, #18-20 Extended body BWO, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #20 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Comparadun, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 Parachute Adams.

Fishing Report: Clear Creek

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