Current Conditions

North Fork South Platte – Bailey

Flow: 209 ft3/s
Temp: 23 °F
Wind: 7 MPH W

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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

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

14 Day Forecast: Look for excellent conditions for weeks to come. 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 depending on the location.   Small midges, mayfly nymphs and a variety of bead heads have been effective as of late. The water is bit high, so you’ll need to target the soft water margins and choose the proper locations based on above average flow regimes. I expect Denver Water to begin to lower the flows are the temperatures are cooling down and the need for downstream demand is decreasing. Denver Water plans to run the Robert Tunnel between 50 and 100 cfs throughout the winter months…

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 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