With consistent warm spring temperatures and decent flows the fishing in the canyon has been heating up. More fish are leaving their deep wintering holes and venturing into the shallower riffles and runs to feed.
While good hatches of Blue Winged Olives (BWO's) have been going off throughout the South Platte River the fish seem to still be focused on feeding subsurface.
Good hatches of Baetis (BWO's) have been going off throughout the South Platte River and the Caddis are just around the corner.
We've been seeing good surface activity in the afternoon. Especially on overcast days with less wind.
Nymphing with Baetis and Caddis larva can be very effective. As the Caddis become more prevalent, swinging pupa patterns can be deadly.
Don't overlook stripping or swinging streamers. With warmer water temps these fish will move for a meal.
The flows in the canyon have been drifting up slowly over the past few weeks. Most of the water is ice free and accessible. Overall, the fishing has been fairly decent.
Despite the warm afternoons we've had lately the overnight temps are still very cold. Focus on the areas that have the earliest exposure to the sun.
Midge hatches have been somewhat sporadic. Dead drifting midge patterns or swinging small streamers and mini leaches have both produced fish. Fishing small (20-26) midge patterns on the surface has also been effective when fish are rising.
The fishing in the canyon is fantastic. If you wanna dry fly fish, which is proving productive as long as the wind is down, try a tiny Parachute Adams trailed by a small high viz Griffiths Gnat. Nymph the deep slow pools with 6x flurocarbon tippet and tiny red, black and purple midges. Don't hesitate to dredge the bottom with your favorite streamer pattern like a Slump Buster or white Wooley Bugger.
The canyon is fishing better than the Dream Stream right now, but is still difficult. The flows are much higher at 96 c.f.s. Anglers should still look for trout in the deeper pools and riffles. Water clarity is excellent.
A few shady spots of the river are starting to see some ice build-up. BWOs are hatching between 10-11am & then again in the late afternoon. Use imitations in the #20-24 range and be sure to have light leaders and small tippet on your dry fly presentations.
Flows in the canyon have been hovering in the 120 cfs range and fishing has been great.
We are still some Trico's but the hatch is starting to taper off. On cooler and overcast days we are also seeing decent Blue Winged Olive hatches.
As night time temperatures continue to drop the fish are less active in the early morning hours. Look for activity to pick up after 10 am as the water and air begin to warm.
The canyon is fishing excellent this week. The flows are up at 184 cfs and the fish are rising! Sight fishing is definitely possible. Tricos are now going off between 7-11am and caddis are plentiful in the late afternoon well into the evenings. Some PMDs are also being spotted but are not as heavy. The Tricos are past full swing and are getting smaller with every week.
Use olive imitations (female) in the early morning and switch to the black as the day goes on. Use #20-24 range and be sure to have light leaders and fluorocarbon tippet.
The canyon is fishing good and the flows are at 198 cfs. Fish are holding in riffles during the mornings and moving to the deep pools later in the day. Water clarity is good and Tricos are still going off during the morning between 8am - 11:30am. The fish are feeding heavily on the trico spinners. Caddis are hatching in the late afternoons especially on the overcast days. The caddis naturals are tan and light yellow right now.
Try fishing a double dry rig with a light yellow Elk Hair Caddis followed by a Trico Spinner. Use Trico imitations in the #20-24 range and be sure to have light leaders and small tippet on your dry fly presentations.
Eleven Mile Canyon is at 113 cfs and is fishing fantastic. Nymphing the slower pools will produce fish. Tricos in the morning along with the Caddis have been present for the past several weeks. Try Caddis nymphs, pink/red San Juan worms, black, grey or brown midge patterns in the #20-24 size range.
If you prefer dry fly fishing you're in for a treat. Try a rusty spinner behind an Elk Hair Caddis.
The canyon is fishing excellent this week. The flows have been rising steadily and are now at 98 c.f.s. There are trout everywhere, but especially stacked up in the deeper pools and riffles. Water clarity is excellent and trout are rising to feed.
Caddis, PMD, and Tricos are now all going off! The fishing is best between 8-11am & then again in the late afternoon, especially on the overcast days. The caddis naturals are small and dark in color. Use imitations in the #18-20 range and be sure to have long leaders and small fluorocarbon tippet on your dry fly presentations.
Eleven Mile Canyon has a reputation for great fly fishing opportunities, and currently the river is not disappointing. With flows consistently hovering around 75 cfs, water clarity is exceptional. Trout of all species are abundant, and spread evenly throughout traditional runs, riffles and pools. If you spend some extra time carefully looking in these areas, sight fishing for trout in the 16-19 inch range can be excellent.
Dry fly action is ever present especially into the evening. Don't be afraid to throw a small streamer like a slump buster through the deeper pools.
If it’s great dry fly fishing you want, then make sure you hit the canyon soon. The Blue Winged Olive hatch has been exceptional. The flows are at 60 cfs and it’s an opportune time for sight fishing. Fish a tandem dry fly rig with a size 18 Parachute Adams up front and size 22 or 24 Parachute Blue Winged Olive trailing.
Keep the distance between the flies short (around 6-8 inches). If the space between your dry flies is too large they will get stuck in different currents, and your presentation will be compromised.
Don’t let the great dry fly fishing overshadow the fantastic nymphing to be found in the canyon right now. Fish a tandem rig with a red San Juan worm up front and purple JuJu Baetis trailing. If you don’t get any takers on the Baetis try switching it out for a U.V. Midge Emerger.
Almost all ice is off the water at 11 mile canyon. The banks can still be snowy so use caution when walking down to the water. The flows are hovering around 65 cfs so look for fish in the deep pools and runs.
Use long leaders with 5x and 6x fluorocarbon tippet. Mornings can be cold in the shade of the canyon so dress warm. Try leading with an orange egg pattern, and a black u.v. emerger behind.