Arkansas River Colorado Fly Fishing ReportSouth Platte River, Colorado Fly Fishing ReportSouth Park Reservoirs Colorado Fly Fishing Report, Spinney, Antero Reservoir

The South Platte River below Spinney Mountain Reservoir is one of the most famous tailwater fisheries in North America. Located about 2 hours southwest of Denver in the area known as South Park, this relatively short meadow stretch of the Platte is a year-round fishery and produces some of the largest trout in the state during annual spring (Rainbow and Cutthroat trout) and fall (Brown trout and Kokanee Salmon) spawning runs out of Elevenmile Reservoir, some into the mid two digits weight wise. The resident fish are no joke either, consistently reaching sizes over 18 inches. This is an amazing stretch to fish when the action is good, but it is fairly technical water and can be a true challenge at times even for an experienced angler.
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.

May 24th, 2016

Charlie Myers SWA "Dream Stream" below Spinney Reservoir

General Conditions

Our guides are having some fantastic days on the South Platte now that bug activity is starting to kick on. BWO and Caddis Lifecycle has been the ticket, and we are seeing some very nice fish in the system!

Suggested Techniques

Nymphing is the ticket in the morning, with a focus on Caddis Larva, BWO nymphs and Midge Larva. As radiant heat warms the water column, you will witness some emergent activity and potentially hatch activity. Be ready with the full lifecycle of Caddis, BWOs, Midges and have plenty of attractor nymphs (i.e. San Juan Worms, Egg Patterns, Scuds, etc.)

Elevenmile Canyon below Elevenmile Reservoir

General Conditions

We are finally seeing some Spring-like weather on this section and some killer BWO hatches. However, plenty of people come with it, so we have been focusing on the Dream Stream and Arkansas Tailwater.

Suggested Techniques

We suggest a variety of nymphing methods until you find rising fish on midges or BWOs, and then switching to a dry/ emerger rig. Expect 80% or more of the activity to be subsurface.