Elevenmile Canyon starts just below Elevenmile Reservoir. Although the reservoir is situated on the open/ windy plateau of South Park; Elevenmile Canyon a completely different scenario all together with pine and fir trees, tremendous rock outcroppings, and gorgeous plunge pools. The installation of changes in DOW regulations since 2001 have improved and preserved this fishery. Elevenmile Canyon is now artificial flies and lures only, and catch and release, for the four miles below the dam (to Springer Gulch). This fishery proves to be one of the most consistent tailwater fisheries in the state day in and day out.
November 19th, 2015
Charlie Myers SWA "Dream Stream" below Spinney Reservoir
Its now midge time on the Platte. All lifecycle stages of the Midge will be your go to sources of productivity. There is still some lingering BWO activity, and even a few tricos to keep your eye out for. We are now most likely experiencing peak numbers of Lake Run fish in the system, and there are some big fish to be had. Remember, State Parks is doing streamed structure renovation on the lower river. So, the construction could impede the movement of fish slightly, but that is yet to be seen. Please do be aware of fish on Redds (actively spawning), as we do not want to disturb these fish!
Look for best productivity on dries during the low light hours (early and late). We suggest a variety of nymphing methods until you find rising fish, and then switching to a dry/ emerger rig based on the hatch you think fish are keyed to. If you are focusing on lake run fish, its mostly going to be a nymphing game with attractor nymph setups.
Elevenmile Canyon below Elevenmile Reservoir
With lower flows, fishing is definitely on the more technical side in 11 Mile Canyon right now. We have seen a considerable amount of micro BWO hatches, and fish are keying to them, so that can be a lot of fun. There are still some lingering tricks, but for the most part focus on nymphing and BWO hatch matching....
Look for best productivity on dries during the low light hours (early and late). We suggest a variety of nymphing methods until you find rising fish, and then switching to a dry/ emerger rig based on the hatch you think fish are keyed to.