Elevenmile Canyon is known for its superb dry fly fishing. The Trico hatch is one of many that anglers should concentrate their efforts on.
14 Day Forecast: Look for reliable hatches of midges. Anglers should come prepared to imitate the larger spring midge (size 18), as well as, the smaller varieties (size 22-26).
Tips and Other Information:
Eleven Mile Canyon is fishing fair to good right, now considering the low flows. Dead drifting midge larvae and pupae in the slow, deep pools is your best bet right now for the next couple of weeks. Matt’s Midge, Parachute Adams, and Griffith Gnats are fooling a few fish on the surface during the height of the hatch, especially in the shady areas. If you really look for them, you’ll find a few rising fish. Look for sporadic Baetis in the days to come, with consistent hatches by the first week of April.
Effective Patterns:#20-22 Mercury Midge, #20 Red Larva, #18 Micro Egg, #22-22 Mayer’s Tube Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Bling Midge, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Minute Midge, #22-24 Jujubee Midge, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.
Fly Fishing Conditions for Elevenmile Canyon Along the South Platte River from The Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, CO
After a variety of conservation efforts, the tailwater below the Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir has flourished into a premier example of legendary Colorado fly fishing. Loaded with trout that eat well on a variety of small midges and mayflies, a trip to Elevenmile offers a memorable day of fly fishing. For roughly 10 miles between the town of Lake George and the 135-foot dam at Elevenmile, you’ll find a granite encrusted canyon holding first-rate trout stream. Fly fishing here provides you with options from fishing flats to swirling currents and beautiful pools. Only artificial flies or lures as well as catch and release is allowed at Eleven Mile Canyon for the first four miles below the dam. As always, check with the authorities before your trip to Eleven Mile for the most up to date regulations.
What Kind of Fishing Can You Expect at Eleven Mile?
Habitat improvement efforts have come through in a big way for Elevenmile. According to one aquatic biologist for the upper South Platte River Basin, they’ve recently been seeing more fish in this section of river than ever before. Even in the dead of winter, the first mile of river below the dam is not typically frozen, so this is a good spot to fish all year. In early spring, midges hatch for several hours to offer some of the best dry fly fishing around. As the warmer temperatures of spring set in, blue-winged olives (BWOs) start to show up. Duns seem popular through June and August when flows are around 150-250 CFS. By mid-July, the tricos have begun to hatch for some unforgettable dry fly fishing. In the colder months from November to February, sporadic BWO hatches can be found early on before midges become the staple of a trout’s diet. To learn more about Eleven Mile Canyon and all things fly fishing, contact us at The Blue Quill Angler where we also offer guided fly fishing trips in Colorado.