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Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report – Elevenmile Canyon – South Platte

Elevenmile Canyon is known for its superb dry fly fishing. The Trico hatch is one of many that anglers should concentrate their efforts on.

Current Conditions

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Look for reliable hatches of midges. Anglers should come prepared to imitate the larger spring midge (size 18), as well as, the smaller varieties (size 22-26).

Tips and Other Information:

Eleven Mile Canyon is fishing fair to good right, now considering the low flows. Dead drifting midge larvae and pupae in the slow, deep pools is your best bet right now for the next couple of weeks. Matt’s Midge, Parachute Adams, and Griffith Gnats are fooling a few fish on the surface during the height of the hatch, especially in the shady areas. If you really look for them, you’ll find a few rising fish. Look for sporadic Baetis in the days to come, with consistent hatches by the first week of April.

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20 Red Larva, #18 Micro Egg, #22-22 Mayer’s Tube Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Bling Midge, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Minute Midge, #22-24 Jujubee Midge, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

Fishing Report: Elevenmile Canyon – South Platte River

Elevenmile Canyon is known for its superb dry fly fishing. The Trico hatch is one of many that anglers should concentrate their efforts on.  Mark Adams

Current Conditions

Flow: 78 cfs

Clarity: Exellent

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for good hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. ​

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been good in Elevenmile Canyon.  Anglers should prepare themselves for a good midge-bite in the a.m. followed by a nice blue-winged olive hatch in the afternoon. Stock your fly boxes with plenty of midge pupa and Baetis nymphs. The fish are moving back into the riffles and feeding hard.  As far as the surface feeders are concerned, its hard to go wrong with a size 24-26 Parachute Adams for the midges and a size 20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun for imitating the “olives”.

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury Pheasant Tail,  #20-22 Rainbow Warriors,  #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger,  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Mercury Flashback RS II, #20-26 Parachute Adams, #22-24 Barr’s Visa Dun, #22-24 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun, and #22-24 Hi Vis Baetisand #24-26 Parachute Adams.