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South Platte River: Eleven Mile Canyon


Eleven Mile Reservoir is currently at 101% capacity and with a small but gradual rise in flow the past few days, we may be in for a fill and spill situation. If they decide to let the reservoir spill rather than release from the bottom of the dam, you can expect water clarity to drop a bit more than normal. There’s been no change yet, but we are keeping a close eye on flows and will update as things change. Sitting at 70 cfs, trout are skittish and water temps have been a concern during the afternoon. As we mentioned last week, hot afternoon temperatures have the potential to rise water temps above 67 degrees, which is unsafe for trout. To be safe, plan on fishing from 6 am – 1 pm when water temps are at a safer and more productive level. If water temps hit 67 degrees in the afternoon, please postpone fishing until temperatures drop. During the morning and evening we’re seeing sporadic midge hatches which have led to fantastic dry fly opportunities. If water temps are in check, you’ll have more dry fly opportunities during the BWO, caddis and PMD hatches. A double dry fly setup with an Elk Hair Caddis and a Sparkle Dun is a great tactic during those hatches. If you don’t see trout feeding on the surface, nymphing riffles, pockets, transitions and faster runs will put trout in the net. Double baetis or caddis/baetis nymph rigs are a great place to start. If you don’t see any action, swap out your lead fly for a Pat’s Rubber Legs, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear, leech or Copper John.

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