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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.

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.