Current Conditions

Smith Fork Near Lazear, Co

  • Flow: 105 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 5.24 ft
USGS

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: 181 cfs

Clarity: Fair…Geneva Creek is adding some color on warm days

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges and and sporadic caddis

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows and technical fishing. Anglers can expect to see sporadic hatches of midges and a few winter stoneflies. Clarity and water levels will change based on warm weather trends.

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing along the North Fork of the South Platte has been good the past few days.  Anglers are fooling trout with an assortment of small bead heads, midges, and egg patterns. Look for flows to remain in the 75-125 cfs range for the remainder of the winter season.

Effective Patterns:  #18 Hot Tail Flash Eggs, #18 Black Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Bead Head Flashback Black Beauties, #20-22 Pearl Jams, #20-22 Rainbow Warriors, and #20-22 red midge larva.

About Long Meadow Ranch

Long Meadow Ranch is located about 50 miles from Denver in Shawnee, Colorado and is comprised of over two miles of private trout waters along the North Fork of the South Platte River. It is just upstream from Boxwood Gulch and offers some of the finest private water fly fishing trips in the state. It is managed by Dan Mauritz, owner of Boxwood Gulch Ranch, for trophy trout fishing.

Anglers claim that Long Meadow holds some of the biggest fish around! During the summer months stimulators, green drakes, red quill, and hoppers work well while nymphs work well all year long. Long Meadow Ranch is the perfect place to catch the five fish that comprise the Colorado Grand Slam: a rainbow, cutthroat, hybrid cut-bow, brook trout and a brown.

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