Current Conditions

North Fork South Platte – Bailey

Flow: -999 ft3/s
Temp: 27 °F
Wind: 13 MPH SE
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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:

Clarity: Good

14 Day Forecast: Look for intermittent hatches of midge. Denver Water plans to run the Roberts Tunnel throughout the winter.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been fair to good on the North Fork of the South Platte River. Small midges, mayfly nymphs and a variety of bead heads have been effective as of late. Flows are low, so ice and slush are factors in the mornings.

Effective Patterns:  #18 Hot Tail Flash Eggs, #18-20 Rainbow Warrior, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #18-20 Red Larva, #18 Red and Pink Flossy Worms, #20-22 Mercury Black Beauty, #10 White Crystal Bugger, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #16-20 red Copper John, #18-20 Flashback PT, #16-18 Mercer’s Psycho Prince, and #16-18 Bead Head Breadcrust.

About Fly Fishing at Long Meadow Ranch Near Shawnee, CO

Conveniently located about 50 miles from Denver, Long Meadow Ranch offers over two miles of private trout waters along the North Fork of the South Platte River. It’s just upstream of Boxwood Gulch in Shawnee Colorado and it’s here that you’ll find some of the biggest fish around. This is where anglers come for what’s known as the Colorado grand slam that includes catching a rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, hybrid cut-bow, brook trout, and brown trout. Not only do you have a great chance of catching all five of these species for a Colorado grand slam at Long Meadow Ranch, there’s a good chance your catches will be huge. Trophies over 10 pounds have been caught here! Whether you’re just being introduced to the exciting world of fly fishing or you’re a seasoned veteran looking from some big fish, a guided trip to Long Meadow Ranch with The Blue Quill Angler is always a great time.

What’s it Like to Fly Fish at Long Meadow Ranch in Colorado?

Along this north fork of the South Platte River, anglers come from all over to catch trophy trout. The diverse habitat offers deep pools and ideal pockets along with fast riffles and overhanging Willows. Grandiose mountain views provide the perfect backdrop to a fly fishing trip that you won’t soon forget. During the summer months, well-presented stimulator, green drake, red quill, or hopper is hard for the big fish to resist. This is also a great stretch of water for nymphing all year round. Long Meadow Ranch is among our favorite places to host guided fly fishing trips with The Blue Quill Angler, and you’ll be hard pressed to find more experienced or knowledgeable fly fishing guides than ours. What’s more, we have a variety of leases along this stretch on the north fork of the South Platte River. Contact us to find out just how easy it is to take a guided fly fishing trip to Long Meadow Ranch.

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