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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:

Flows: 297 cfs

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature: Mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic caddis, and sporadic red quills

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows until Denver Water turns the Roberts Tunnel back on. Currently with all the rain, there is no down stream irrigation demand.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are a little on the high side right now on the North Fork of the South Platte. Currently Denver Water is bringing 250 cfs of water through the Roberts Tunnel to meet downstream irrigation demand and day to day city use.  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 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.

Fishing Report: North Fork of the South Platte River

Trophy trout await you on Boxwood, Long Meadow, North Fork Ranch, or the Meadows on the North Fork of the South Platte.  

Current Conditions:

Flows: 116 cfs

Clarity: Fair to Good. Geneva Creek is adding some color on warm days

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges and winter stoneflies

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.