Current Conditions

Recent Reports

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: 430 cfs

Clarity: Good, but changes with rainfall.

Water Temperature: Mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic caddis, and sporadic red quills

14 Day Forecast: Look for high flows to meet downstream irrigation demand. Denver Water is currently bringing 300 cfs of water through the Roberts Tunnel. Dillon Reservoir is full. I expect them to run the tunnel all summer.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are a bit on the high side along the North Fork corridor. Currently Denver Water is bringing 300 cfs of water through the Roberts Tunnel due to extreme heat in Denver.  Despite the higher flows, 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 darn 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.

About Boxwood Gulch

This section of the South Platte River is one of Denver’s premier fishing destinations Located only 1.5 hours drive from DIA. Winter or summer, the fishing is great! If you need a guide for an angler’s first fishing trip or a place large enough for a corporate adventure, Boxwood Gulch is the perfect location. This property owned by Dan Mauritz is managed for trophy trout fishing. The club house is located just 100 feet from the stream and has a bathroom, microwave, heated main area with tables and couches to rest on and get out of the elements if it is cold. The outside patio area is complete with tables and chairs and several BBQ grills.This is the perfect property for corporate groups od 6 or more anglers.

Over nine species of trout call these waters home including: Rainbows (50%), Browns (30%), Cuttbows (20%), Snake River Cutthroats, Brookies, the elusive Palomino Trout plus various species of Steelhead. Big flies work well and feeding can be aggressive in this stretch of water. Watch out for rising fish! With little less than one mile of private water to fish, anglers have the advantage of not bumping into other fisherman. The river usually runs 50-200 cfs, but can reach 900 cfs in June.

Water fees (rod fees) to fish this property do not include the Blue Quill Angler Guide Fees
Give us a call at 800-435-5353 to check availability and rod fees

With groups of 8 anglers or more we also try and reserve the Longmeadow property just upstream.