Winter fishing has certainly arrived on the South Platte. Eleven Mile Canyon is fishing slightly better than the Dream Stream right now, but is still difficult. The flows are higher than the Dream but still relatively low at 78 c.f.s, so look for trout in the deeper pools and riffles. Water clarity is excellent, but there is some significant amounts of debris, so be prepared to clean off your flies after a few drifts. A few shady spots of the river are starting to see some ice build-up. BWOs are hatching between 10-11am and again in the late afternoon. Use imitations in the #20-24 range and be sure to have light leaders and small tippet, especially on your dry fly presentations. Don't hesitate to try a streamer pattern along the banks and in the darker water to enhance a strike from a predatory trout. Bellow are some of our recommended winter patterns to fish right now.
The flow at 11 Mile Canyon is currently at 106 cfs. Mayfly hatches (BWOs, PMDs, and Tricos) have been consistent in the size #18-24 range. Caddis have been in the #16-20 range. Best dry fly action has been on cloudy calm days. For nymphing, small mayfly, caddis, and emerger patterns are still consistent, but smaller diameter tippet and adjusting depth frequently is a key strategy for success. Fluorocarbon tippet in 5-6X is essential with the lower flows and clear visibility. Recent cooler nights have brought the water temperature to around 54 degrees mid-day, which is a welcome to both the trout and anglers. Make sure to use enough split shot or larger tungsten bead point flies to get your flies down deep quickly and adjust your weight prior to switching patterns. Streamer action is picking up with the fall season now upon us. Below are some recommended patterns for this time of year.
It is mid August and the warmer days are slowing the fishing down during the middle of the day. Rising temperatures are sending the fish into the deeper holes. The fishing during the early mornings and late evening, however, has been fantastic with some great dry fly action.
Eleven Mile Canyon is fishing good right now. The flows are at 100 cfs and the fish are holding in riffles and in the deeper pools during the middle of the day. Water clarity is good. Tricos are now going off during the morning between 8am - 11:30am. Caddis are hatching in the late afternoon, especially on the overcast days. The caddis naturals are tan & olive right now. The tricos are in full swing with trout rising to both dries and spinners. Use imitations in the #20-24 range and be sure to have light leaders and small tippet on your dry fly presentations. Below are some recommended patterns for fishing the canyon.
The flow at Eleven Mile Canyon is at 280 cfs and the river is fishing fantastic. Nymphing the slower pools will produce fish. We are now seeing lots of tricos in the morning along with the Caddis that have been present for the past several weeks. Try Caddis nymphs, pink/red San Juan worms, and black or grey midge patterns in the #20-24 size range. 5x leaders and 6x fluorocarbon tippet are recommended for the canyon. Water temperatures are still quite high in the heat of the day, so we highly recommend getting on the water early, keep your picture taking to a minimum, and keep your hands wet and those fish in the water as much as possible.
Below are some of our favorite patterns to use right now:
Water levels in Eleven Mile Canyon have dropped over the past few days and the current flow is at 55 c.f.s. While there are still plenty of visible trout to cast at, the fishing has become more challenging with the decrease of water being released. With the temperatures climbing as the day progresses, the best fishing continues to be in the early morning hours and later in the evenings. Caddis pupa and larva are abundant and we are still seeing the occasional BWO on the water. When nymphing, be wary of larger strike indicators, use 5x or 6x fluorocarbon tippet, and stick with the smaller size #22-#24 midges. Have a variety of Pheasant Tails, Baetis, Caddis, and BWOs in your flybox. Below are some recommended patterns that have been successful in fooling the trout.
Signs of spring are beginning to show all along the South Platte River. The bug activity has increased dramatically over the past few weeks and the fish are enjoying the increase in multiple food sources. We are seeing a heavy emergent activity of mayflies, midges and even caddis.
The flows at Eleven Mile Canyon have been bumped slightly over the past few days and are now around 85 cfs. The water temperature is in the mid-40s and excellent water clarity makes sight fishing a breeze. These conditions do require stealthier approaches, lighter tippets (fluorocarbon), smaller flies, and longer leaders. Make sure you use plenty of weight, be wary of large, bright strike indicators, and get your patterns into the fish’s feeding lanes quickly. The best fishing has been between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. We are starting to catch fish on caddis larva and pupa patterns and BWO hatches continue to be abundant in the late afternoons, especially on overcast days. As always is the case, look for trout to be holding in the slower, deeper runs and pools where they can obtain the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount of energy.
The flow in Eleven Mile Canyon has been consistent around 75 c.f.s for the past several weeks, which is slightly above the historical average for this time of year. The water is for the most part clear, allowing for abundant sight fishing. The best fishing has been between 9am - 3pm. On some days, the wind has picked up in the late afternoons, and the fishing slows down a bit. There is very little ice on the banks, so the majority of the river is fishable. The trout have been taking small midges and emergers in the morning, with dry fly activity in the later afternoon. For success, you must use tiny patterns in the #20-26 range for both nymphing and dry flies. We recommend using plenty of split-shot, long leaders, and certainly 6x fluorocarbon tippet. Midges and BWOs have been spotted on the surface on overcast days, but nymphing is still the most productive technique this time of year. Try an attractor pattern up top (scuds/eggs/worms), trailed by chocolate, purple, red, or black midges. The recent warmer weather has seen an increase in insect life along the banks and the canyon fish seem to be healthy, strong, and abundant.
Over the weekend, flows have increased in the canyon to 90 c.f.s, which is good news. The water is clear with river temperatures in the low 40's, so sight fishing should be possible. Try different weights to hit all the levels of the water column to see where the fish are feeding and adjust accordingly. Midges and BWO nymph imitations should be your focus throughout the winter. Black, chocolate, and red midge colors are good this time of year. We also recommend going down to 6x or even 7x fluorocarbon. Some midge hatches are happening in the afternoon, so make sure to have some #22-#24 Adams or BWOs in your fly box. Nymphing has been productive lately, but don't miss the opportunity to go after fish targeting specific hatches, especially on those overcast days.
Fishing in Eleven Mile Canyon has been pretty good lately. As we transition into fall the PMD hatch has come to an end while the fall Blue Winged Olive hatch begins. Look for BWO's hatching in the afternoons, especially on cloudy days with light winds.
We are still seeing good Trico hatches in the mornings which should continue into October. September is also a great time to try a hopper dropper combo, especially in the afternoons when no other hatch is obvious.
Fishing in 11 Mile Canyon is very good. We are seeing all of the typical summer hatches. Tricos, Pale Morning Duns (PMD), Caddis and Stoneflies.
Tricos Duns (female/olive) are hatching first thing in the morning followed by the Trico Spinner Fall. Just before the Tricos wrap up the PMDs start to come off. The entire process is usually wrapped up by 1pm.
In the afternoon and evening try using a Hopper/Dropper combo or a Caddis Dry Imitation.
The entire South Platte is fishing great. It's an excellent time to be on the water!
Flows have been bouncing around a bit but the additional water is welcome. Like the rest of the South Platte we are starting to see Tricos and PMD's. The fish should start keying in on them soon.
Caddis have been active throughout the day. This is also a great time of the year to throw a Hopper + Dropper.
Fishing in the canyon has been very good. Flows have been pretty consistent over the past month but are still on the low side. While not as technical as the Dream Stream these fish will still spook so approach with caution.
Midges, Blue Winged Olives (BWO's), and Caddis are all active. Start the day dead drifting nymphs or stripping/swinging small streamers. We have been seeing some hatches beginning in the early afternoon.
If you see Caddis fluttering around the water but no obvious hatch try fishing a Caddis Pupa just under the surface either behind a dry or as part of a subsurface rig.
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.