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11 Mile Canyon – Water is Muddy Except Here

Report Date: May 2 2016

The water is muddy pretty much everywhere on the Front Range… except down in 11 Mile Canyon. The water is crystal clear and the fish are eating of the surface like it’s their job. You can throw a dry dropper rig all day and clean up. Blue wings and midges are still the ticket. A #20 Parachute Adams with a #22 baetis or midge larva 8-12 inches behind the dry will be super productive for you and Read More

FLY PATTERNS

Fly Name Fly Color Fly Size(s)
Sculpzilla Black, olive 6
Graphic Caddis Chartreuse 16
Pats Rubber Leg Brown, Black, olive 10, 12

HATCHES

Caddis coming

ACCESS POINT

Best access point is Co Rd 96, Lake George, CO
2202-South Platte – Elevenmile/Dream Rapala Meets Brown Trout…Sad

CURRENT WATER CONDITIONS

Flow :114 cfs

Temp : 36.7 ℉

Gage Ht : 1.13 ft

CURRENT WHEATHER REPORT

FISHING CONDITION:

ONE WEEK FORECAST:

Eleven Mile Canyon Fishing Report Fly Fishing Guide

Eleven Mile Canyon is a paradise for fly fishermen and women. With year round opportunities, scenic beauty, easy access, super hatches and plenty of eager fish, this is the ideal choice for a perfect fly fishing adventure.

Check flows before heading out. In 11 Mile Canyon, they are dependent upon releases from the Eleven Mile Dam. These can be top or bottom releases, depending on the level of the lake below the spillway. Ideal flows vary between 75 to 200 cubic feet per second. Flows higher than 300 cfs will make both wading and fishing too difficult.

Try fishing early in the season. The first mile below the dam hardly ever freezes. Some of the best dry fly fishing on the South Platte can be expected in February when the midges start to hatch. Use 7x tippets and long leaders, and try your luck with patterns like Matt’s Midge #24 or a Parachute Adams #26. Use tiny midges to sight nymph deeper channels and deeper pools and runs.

By mid-April and sometimes earlier, the water will be warming and chances for success will be improved by matching patterns to the Blue-winged Olive hatch and heavy baetis hatches. By May, look for stoneflies and caddisflies to emerge. Patterns like the Mercury Caddis #18 and Buckskin #18 can be effective.

Pale Morning Duns begin to appear mid-June, and typical flows around 200 cfs allow good surface activity. A good mayfly hatch pattern to try is Cannon’s Snow Shoe Dun or perhaps Mathew’s Sparkle Dun. The Elevenmile main hatch of Tricos begins mid-July and sometimes even earlier, providing superb dry-fly fishing through September and later. Use flies that are easy to see, like the Z-Lon Trico Dun #24.

Later in the season you’ll have a good chance of landing big browns with a dry fly in the lower sections of the Canyon. Effective patterns include the red Mercury Pheasant Tail #18 or a red Copper John. Some of the best fishing of the year in Eleven Mile Canyon can take place in the fall, and spending time on the river when the leaves are changing color is an extra bonus.

By November, fish are moving back to their winter habitats and they begin to slow down. The most difficult part of fishing the winter months is finding fish that are actually feeding. With low water temperatures, fish dislike moving any great distance to feed. For improved chances of success, look for suspended fish, and try to place a small midge pattern close to where the fish is located.

Eleven Mile Canyon Fishing Report FISHING REPORT ARCHIVE

2202-South Platte – Elevenmile/Dream Rapala Meets Brown Trout…Sad

11 Mile Canyon – Water is Muddy Except Here

The water is muddy pretty much everywhere on the Front Range… except down in 11 Mile Canyon. The water is crystal clear and the fish are eating of the surface like it’s their job. You can throw a dry dropper rig all day and clean up. Blue wings and midges are still the ticket. A #20 Parachute Adams with a #22 baetis or midge larva 8-12 inches behind the dry will be super productive for you and Read More

El;even Mile fishing boy with trout

11 Mile Canyon – Great Place to Fish Right Now

This place sucks… unless you like throwing dry flies in the Winter. All kidding aside, 11 Mile Canyon is a great place to fish right now. Afternoon risers are not uncommon in the areas that receive the most sunlight. Longer leaders tapered down to 6x with small BWOs and Midges will bring fish to the surface. If they are snubbin’ your patterns, put on some emergers, put on a stick-on indicator and fish emergers weightless Read More

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Access Point(s)

Eleven Mile Reservoir Description

In recent years the South Platte River below the Eleven Mile Dam has evolved into a main Western Colorado tailwater and a great place to fish. Recent fish counts released by the Colorado Division of Wildlife indicate more than 3,500 trout per mile in the stretch between the dam and Springer Gulch Bridge. Below the Eleven Mile Dam to the town of Lake George, this superb trout stream cuts through an awe-inspiring granite canyon punctuated with boulders and fallen pine. The canyon walls provide protection from harsh winds. Clear waters, waterfalls and the tree lined banks add to the beauty of a fly fishing experience. It is not unusual to see bald eagles circling the canyon. Trout habitat is varied along this stretch, and a Minturn Anglers guide knows exactly where to locate all the productive pocket waters, mid-channel shelves, holes, riffles and runs. Your choice: fish the flats for fish rising to the surface, or high stick nymphs into pocket waters to tempt the trout feeding in the currents. 11 Mile Canyon can be fished year round, and there are insect hatches throughout the year in the canyon. Expect to find good populations of rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout in these waters, with an average fish size of 12-18”, with even larger fish near the dam. The approximate two miles from the dam to Springer Gulch Bridge are catch and release. Below the Bridge, there is a daily limit of four fish, but most anglers follow catch and release practices. These conservation approaches as well other stream improvements implemented by the CDoW have all helped to create a top notch fishery. US 24 will lead to Eleven Mile Canyon. At Lake George, turn south on CR 96 and signs provide direction to Eleven Mile Canyon. The gravel road FR 245 parallels to river to the dam. A $5 day pass can be purchased at the entrance gate.

FISH SPECIES

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Brook Trout

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