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Elevenmile Canyon

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges

Effective Patterns: #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Red Larvae, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #22 Chocolate WD 40, #22-26 Black Beauty, #22-24 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #18 Micro Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22 South Platte Brassie, #22 Buckskin, #22 Jujubee Midge, #22 Rojo Midge, #20-24 Parachute Adams, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 Parachute Adams.


Elevenmile Canyon Stream & Fly Fishing Conditions on the South Platte River in Colorado

The South Platte River below Elevenmile Reservoir is absolutely beautiful. The South Platte River tumbles and twists through a majestic canyon as it carves its way downstream to the small community of Lake George. Parts of the scenic canyon remind you of the fabled Cheesman stretch while others look much like the renowned Deckers area. Elevenmile Canyon is a great winter and early spring fishery with tremendous opportunity to consistently hook nice fish. The river is loaded with Rainbows and Cut-bows with the occasional brown trout.

The average fish ranges between 12 and 17 inches and are strong as an ox. Occasionally you will hook fish between 17 and 24 inches in the upper reaches below the dam. The river is comprised of riffles, runs, shelves, gravel bars, and nice pocket water. The scenery is fabulous with logjams, huge granite boulders, fallen trees, waterfalls, and bald eagles soaring above the canyon’s lip. The ideal flow for Elevenmile Canyon is between 150 and 250 cfs. The best fishing is in the upper two miles. The aforementioned two-mile stretch is flies and lures only. This section is catch and release and all fish must be returned to the water immediately. Pinch down your barbs and protect this incredible resource.

Eleven Mile 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 photo

Tips & Other Information:

Between November and March, trout overwinter in slower runs and deep pools. These locations provide trout with the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount of energy. Avoid fast riffles, runs, and rapids as these areas have fewer fish. The best fishing in Eleven Mile Canyon is in the one mile stretch below the dam. Anglers should dress in layers as Eleven Mile Canyon is a frigid place during the winter. The best fishing is typically between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  When a hatch becomes evident, look for rising fish in the tailouts and glassy pools.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing