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.
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.
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About Fly Fishing on the Private Waters of North Fork Meadows Near Shawnee, CO
The North Fork Meadows is one of the private waters that The Blue Quill Angler guides on. since it is largely fed by Lake Dillon through Roberts Tunnel, the water temperature doesn’t fluctuate much throughout the year providing a great environment for big fish. This section of the North Fork of the South Platte River is owned by Mile High Anglers who serve gourmet lunches out of the cold all year long. The North Fork Meadows is broken down to three different sections that provide anglers of all skill and experience levels to enjoy outstanding fly fishing thanks to a combination of fast riffles, long runs, deep holes, and pocket water. The banks are largely free of trees and obstructions that can grab hold of your fly. During the summer, this impressive stretch of water winds through grassy meadows beautifully painted with bright colored wildflowers. One look around at the surrounding mountains offers exactly what you would expect from fly fishing in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
What’s the Fishing Like at The North Fork Meadows?
The many trout and other fish in this stretch of private water are extremely healthy. Average fish here range from 2-4 pounds with the occasional 6-10-pound behemoth. The lower portion is more technical and better suited for the skilled fly-fishing angler and steady wader. The middle section is the easiest to fish and produces some of the largest fish on the South Platte River. The upper section of North Fork Meadows is a dry fly wonderland with abundant bug hatches that offer some of the best dry fly fishing in Colorado. We’re proud to be among the handful of outfitters able to guide on The North Fork Meadows, and our expert guides are second to none at The Blue Quill Angler. We invite you to come join us on this remarkable stretch of private fly fishing water in the Rocky Mountains and experience what fly fishing in Colorado is all about.
Water fees (rod fees) to fish this property do not include the Blue Quill Angler Guide Fees Give Chris Wells a call at 800-435-5353 to check availability and rod fees