Current Conditions

North Fork South Platte – Bailey

Flow: 281 ft3/s
Temp: N/A F
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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: 297 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 a little on the high side right now on the North Fork of the South Platte. Currently Denver Water is bringing 250 cfs of water through the Roberts Tunnel to meet downstream irrigation demand and day to day city use.  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.

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.