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 hatches of midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information: Flows are slightly above their normal historic average for this time of year.  Anglers can expect to see  hatches of midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives. Nymphing with tiny mayfly and midge-nymphs has been productive as of late.  With regard to matching the hatch, it’s hard to go wrong with a Size 24-26 Parachute Adams, #22-24 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, or #24 CDC Biot Trico Comparadun to match the aforementioned hatches.

Effective Patterns:  #20 Mercury Midge, #22 Black Beauty, #20 Red Larva, #20 Manhattan Midge, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #14-16 San Juan Worm, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-24 RS 2, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, and #22-26 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: Good

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

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River has shaped up nicely and is currently fishing well.  The leaves are peaking now, and the brown trout spawn is beginning. Anglers can expect to see a strong midge hatch in the morning, followed by Tricos, then a reliable “olive” hatch in the afternoon. In the slower pools and tailouts, the dry fly fishing has been very good.

Note:  Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Denver Water are conducting a stream restoration project on the Williams Fork River (below the reservoir to the confluence of the Colorado) that will begin on October 1, 2019 and last 4 to 6 weeks. Expect heavy equipment in the river, low flows, and muddy water for several weeks. I am told they will begin working at 7:00 a.m. each morning and continue working throughout the day, so plan accordingly. I would highly recommend another location, as the fishing will be poor with the muddy water.  This will also affect the clarity on the Colorado River for miles.  Your best bet is to fish Pumphouse or above the confluence of the Williams Fork in Lone Buck, Paul Gilbert, etc.

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Mercury Midge, #22 Black Beauty, #20 Red Larva, #20 Manhattan Midge, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #14-16 San Juan Worm, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-24 RS 2, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, and #22-26 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:  Flows are perfect throughout the Blue River corridor. Anglers should prepare for hatches of midges, caddis, blue-winged olives and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information: Flows are perfect from Silverthorn to Green Mountain Reservoir.  In town, a Mysis pattern, red larva, dropped with and assortment of  mayfly nymphs are your best bet.  The lower river looks great, but fishing is difficult at best. Plan on working hard for a few fish, but the scenery and “fishing” is not shabby.  As they say, it’s fishing not catching, so a day in Summit County is never a bad thing to beat the crowds.  Make no mistake about it though… fishing on the Blue River has been a bit of a disappointment as of late…

Effective Patterns:  ​#20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #22 Stalcups Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #16 Bead Head Breadcrust, #18 Barr Emerger, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #14 San Juan Worm, #20 Sparkle Dun, and #20 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 blue-winged olives, Tricos, and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been good on the Williams Fork. Anglers can expect to see hatches of midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives. Nymphing has been good with an assortment of mayfly and caddis nymphs, and dry fly fishing has been good with Parachute Adams and Sparkle Duns.

Note:  Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Denver Water are conducting a stream restoration project on the Williams Fork River (below the reservoir to the confluence of the Colorado) that will begin on October 1, 2019 and last until next week.  Expect heavy equipment in the river, low flows, and muddy water for several weeks. I am told they will begin working at 7:00 a.m. each morning and continue working throughout the day, so plan accordingly. I would highly recommend another location, as the fishing will be poor with the muddy water.  This will also affect the clarity on the Colorado River for miles.

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Mercury Midge, #22 Black Beauty, #20 Red Larva, #20 Manhattan Midge, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #14-16 San Juan Worm, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-24 RS 2, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, and #22-26 Parachute Adams.

Fishing Report: Clear Creek

Clarity: Excellent

Major Food Organisms: Caddis, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and Hoppers

Conditions:  Flows are back to a great level and the fish are super happy. Look for PMD’s, Caddis, Hoppers, Yellow Sallies and any large attractor dries in 12-14.

Suggested Patterns:   #12-14 Chubby Chernobyls, #12-14 Amy’s Ant, #18 Buckskin, #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #16 Mercer’s Swing Caddis, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Yellow Sally #16 Stimulator, #16-18 Sparkle Dun PMD, #16 Para-Wulff PMD, #16 Film Critic PMD

Fishing Report: Bear Creek

Clarity: Excellent

Major Food Organisms: Caddis, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and Hoppers

Conditions:  Flows are back to a great level and the fish are super happy. Look for PMD’s, Caddis, Hoppers, Yellow Sallies and any large attractor dries in 12-14.  Euro Nymphing has been very successful as of late with single flies in the shallow water and double rigs in the deep stuff.

Suggested Patterns:   #12-14 Chubby Chernobyls, #12-14 Amy’s Ant, #18 Buckskin, #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #16 Mercer’s Swing Caddis, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Yellow Sally #16 Stimulator, #16-18 Sparkle Dun PMD, #16 Para-Wulff PMD, #16 Film Critic PMD,  #16 Jigged Soft Hackle Pleasant Tail, #16 Jigged Quill Nymph, #16 Devil Jig – Green, #16 Hot Spot PT Jig, #14-#16 Perdigon (Bullet) Jig – Brown, Tungsten Pheasant tails, Tungsten Split Case PMD nymphs

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 blue-winged olives and midges

Tips and Other Information: Fishing at Deckers has been extremely tough as of late. Water temps have cooled down, but the trout are a bit stressed, hiding, and not willing to cooperate for the average angler. Current hatches include midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives, with a sporadic caddis or two. Dry fly enthusiast are finding plenty of small fish feeding on the surface. The majority of the fish have been small, but if you look in the right places, you’ll occasionally find some larger fish sipping surface offerings.  Small Parachute Adams, CDC Biot Trico Comparaduns, and Mathews Sparkle Duns are the ticket right now, in sizes 24-26. Current hatches include midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives (Psuedocloeons), with a sporadic caddis or two. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently stocked some catchables in the Deckers area to improve catch-rates.

Effective Patterns: #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Midge, #14-16 San Juan Worm, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-24 RS 2, #18-20 Buckskin, # Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, and #20-22 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, blue-winged olives, and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been fair to good as of late. Anglers willing to work hard and cover lots of water are catching a few nice fish. Look for hatches of midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives. Migratory trout are starting to make their presence known, so egg-midge combos, and streamers are important strategies right now.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #20 Mercury Midge, #22 Black Beauty, #20 Red Larva, #20 Manhattan Midge, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #14-16 San Juan Worm, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-24 RS 2, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, and #22-26 Parachute Adams.

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

14 Day Forecast: Look for good fishing through the end of October. It is speculated Denver Water will turn of the Roberts Tunnel for the winter.

Tips and Other Information: The North Fork is fishing good and should continue to fish well through October. An assortment of midge and mayfly nymphs trailed off an attractor has been producing lots of good fish as of late.

Effective Patterns:  #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #20 Red Larva, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, 18-20 Rainbow Warrior, #18-22 Flashback Black Beauty, and #20-22 Manhattan 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 hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing in Cheesman Canyon has been extremely tough as of late. Water temps have cooled down, but the trout are a bit stressed, hiding, and not willing to cooperate for the average angler. Current hatches include midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives, with a sporadic caddis or two. Dry fly enthusiast are finding plenty of small fish feeding on the surface, but larger fish are harder to find. Small Parachute Adams, CDC Biot Trico Comparaduns, and Mathews Sparkle Duns are the ticket right now, in sizes 20-22.

Effective Patterns: #20 Mercury Midge, #24 Mercury Baetis, #22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-24 RS 2, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, and #22-24 Parachute Adams.